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Carmen Pool

Birth Date: January 28, 1944
Death Date: March 12, 2018

On March 12th, 2018, Carmen Pool was received into the arms of Jesus after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Carmen was born Betty Carmen Altenburg in Henderson, Texas on January 28th, 1944 to George and Vermell Altenburg.  She graduated from Henderson High School and later graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical/Allied Health School.

Carmen married Jim Pool in 1965 and together they lived in various cities in Texas and Louisiana and served both in work and local churches.   Carmen retired from a career in banking in 2012, most recently serving as VP of Operations at Veritex Bank.

Carmen was the life of any party and always brought a smile and a dash of bling and flair everywhere she went.  Her passions included working with the elderly, shopping and dining with many dear friends and family, and traveling throughout the US and Canada with Jim.   She had numerous “circles of friends” who enjoyed fellowship and friendship with her.   These circles carried over from friends she met early in her marriage, her work, and church, recently included groups from FBC Richardson “Cliffhangers”, “Living Stones”, the “Fab Five” circle of friends from her banking life, Bible Study Fellowship and the B.A.G. Ladies Book Club as well as others.  She freely spirited from group event to group event and always brought joy and humor to those groups.  She was the “fun, crazy Aunt” to every one of her nieces and nephews, staying exceptionally current on the latest pop music and events, Zumba class and impressing everyone with her youthfulness and vigor.  She loved great food, especially if she didn’t have to cook it, and was especially fond of sweets.  Her lightheartedness and personality will be missed by many.

Carmen is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jim Pool and their sweet baby girl Callie Leigh.  She was preceded in death by her parents George and Vermell Altenburg, grandparents Lester and Lois Honeycutt and Ed and Stella Altenburg, uncle and aunt John and Mildred Hale, and uncle George Davis, and her sweet baby girl Lily Belle.   She leaves behind two sisters, Georgann Turlington and husband Don, and Judy Henderson and husband Malcolm.  She is survived by brothers and sisters in law Don and Shirley Pool, and David and Patsy Pool.  Carmen is also survived by her aunt Betty Davis.  Her nieces on the Pool side include Cynthia Pool, Sherri (Darrell) Melear, and Karen (Larry) Jacks.  Her nieces and nephews on the Altenburg side include Melanie (Brent) Amundson, Amy (Sam) Chambers, Kyle (Young Hae) Turlington, and Matthew (Beth) Henderson.   She was blessed with eleven great nieces and nephews and three great-great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Richardson, TX, 1001 N. Central Expressway.   Visitation for friends and family will be on Wednesday March 14thfrom 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.

In lieu of flowers, Carmen has requested that donations be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

March 14, 2018
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Restland Funeral Home
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas TX, 75243
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Funeral service
March 15, 2018
2:00 pm
First Baptist Church - Richardson
1001 N Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080
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  1. Jim,
    I’m so sorry to hear that Carmen passed away. I know your faith is strong, and may it bring you comfort in knowing that you will be with her again one day.


  2. Jim and Family,
    I am very blessed that I got to know Carmen over the last two years. She was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known, and I’m glad our lives crossed paths…I will be the better for it. And though the loss you feel now is difficult, remember that one day you will all be together again, forever…..Alleluia.

  3. Sympathy and prayers

    Written by: Sharon Collins

    I am so sorry to know of Carmen’s passing….we were classmates and she was a precious girl. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  4. Mr. Pool,
    My mom told me about your loss and it heart my heart so much. I know that she is probably on the other side a bit sad herself because she will have to be without you for a while. I know it’s been a long time but your kindness to me while i visited my mom’s office was so appreciated and still warms my heart to think about. I know that God is watching over you and will comfort you during this very hard time. Love and miss you.

  5. Friends

    Written by: Richard & Melinda Gaulden

    Mr. Pool…Richard and I are so sorry for the loss of your precious Carmen. What a blessing she has been to so many and especially to you. Keeping you close in our hearts and prayers. We love you!

  6. Friend & fellow church member.

    Written by: Jim Hollis

    Jim – So sorry for the loss of your dear companion that accompanied you most of your life. I know you will miss her daily. What a comfort to know she awaits you in the eternal garden of rest our Lord has prepared for you and fellow believers. I pray for God’s peace and rest for you and the family.

  7. I worked with Carmen for many years. She was a very special person and always lit up the room when she was around. She will be missed by so many people.

  8. Lakeside memory Gardens, Eustis, FL

    Written by: Lakeside Memory gardens staff

    Our prayers go our to Jim and his family in this most difficult time..

  9. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Carmen. She was a precious lady and sweet wonderful class mate.

    Louella Wilks

  10. Dear friend, I was sure sorry to hear this news. What an accomplishment of 52 years together! Wow! You are sure in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, James

  11. To Jim and Family. Carmen is now in a better place. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you during this time.
    Bill and Linda Goodall

  12. Coworker & Friend

    Written by: Deborah Favors

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
    Mr. Pool, in your most difficult time, you are surrounded by many who love you. I am most definitely one of them. I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. I am praying for you. And I am here for you.

  13. Carmen's Guest Book

    Written by: Teresa George

    Mr. Pool, I am so sorry about Carmen. She was a precious lady and I know you loved her very much. It was obvious when i saw you two together. I remember watching you both dancing at, I think it was Dustin’s wedding. At that moment I saw a whole other Mr. Pool than the one that I worked with everyday at Restland. It was so tender.

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