Carol Louise Walden, 79, of Decatur, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Decatur Memorial Hospital from complications of dementia. She had been a resident of Moweaqua Rehabilitation and Health Care in Moweaqua, Illinois, since August 2014, where she received respectful and compassionate care.\nA Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Northwest Christian Church, 1306 N. Stanley Avenue, Decatur, Illinois 62526. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements.\nCarol was born to O.D. and Louise Fortner in 1939, in Mattoon, Illinois. She was a graduate of Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She married C. William “Duke” Walden in May 1963.\nShe is fondly remembered as the smiling face behind the jewelry counter at Kohl’s Department Store in Hickory Point Mall. She also enjoyed singing in the church choir, doting on her cats and dogs, and laughing.\nShe is survived by her devoted husband, C. William “Duke” Walden; son, Stephen M. Walden (Cheryl) of Lebanon, Indiana; daughter, Elizabeth W. Beasley (Richard) of Lusby, Maryland; granddaughter, Lisa M. Phillips (Ryan) of Commerce Township, Michigan; great-granddaughters, Molly E. and Emma M. Phillips of Commerce Township, Michigan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.\nShe was preceded in death by her parents.\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol’s name to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry. Donations can be made online: https://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/give-lcc-k-9.html, by phone 866-455-6466, or by check to Lutheran Church Charities K9 Comfort Dog Ministry 3020 Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062.