Carolyn Poole

Carolyn Poole, 83, of Arlington, Va passed away peacefully on October 5, 2018. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, David G. Poole. She is survived by her dear children Tim (Katie), Ethan (Trudy) and Amy (Chris) Williams, faithful sister and brother Janice (Russell) Rhodes and Michael (Kathy) Morton and her sweet grandchildren Griffin, Caroline, Delaney, Whitney, Savannah, Austin, and Riley, family and friends.

It was important to Carolyn to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors (which were friends too) and to explore new things and places. She loved to talk about West Virginia, places she visited, and people she met. There wasn’t anyone she met that wasn’t a friend. Her warmth and spirit of hospitality readily turned strangers into friends.

Carolyn was the daughter of the late Shirley and Ruth Morton. Carolyn lived in Williamstown, WVA before moving to Virginia. She graduated from Marietta College with BS Degree and West Virginia University with a Master’s Degree. She worked in Arlington Public Schools before raising three children. Then she worked at National Science Foundation and at Timber Lane Elementary in Fairfax County Public Schools. She was a member of the following, to name only a few: Cherrydale UMC, Red Hats Society, Washington Inter Wheel International, Berea Dancers (Kentucky).

Family and friends are invited to visit the family on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-8. The funeral will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3 PM, both at Cherrydale United Methodist Church at 3701 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, Va. A reception will follow at the church. Internment will take place at a later date. Donations may be made to Cherrydale United Methodist Church.

One Response to Carolyn Poole

  1. Gail Yohe Kreider says:

    Carolyn was a dear friend since shortly after moving to Arlington in 1972. She and David introduced themselves to my family the first Sunday we attended Cherrydale UMC. They were instrumental in our joining the church there as well as assuming the role of invitational mentors to the Couples Club church dinner the following week and finding us a babysitter as we were too new to the area to have connected with one for our two toddlers and new baby. We belonged to the same UMW circle and worked on church things together. We had coffee often.

    Carolyn was there for me when my husband died suddenly in 1977. One of my favorite memories that demonstrated her Christian love was when she showed up unannounced the following Valentines Day with a single red rose for me. She understood. That year four families with young children and families too far away to always be there for Christmas began a tradition of cookies at one of our homes after the Christmas Eve service so that our kids could have some fellowship along with us and get tired enough to get to bed that night. This continued even into their teenage years. My kids looked forward to that time even when we had moved to Fairfax and attended another church. Friendship lasts.
    It was so sad to visit Carolyn as her memory of all her many connections faded. But my life continues to be enriched knowing she was a friend forever. Carolyn, I know you are with all our dear departed ones now and all is well. Thank you for such good times. And Tim, Ethan and Amy, I hope you treasure the memories and stories of others. You had a wonderful mother.

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