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Carole Carsey (1940 - 2013)

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Carsey, Carole Carole Carsey, born June 12, 1940, in Greenville, TX lived an extraordinary life, and died on March 18, 2013. She led a full life with zest and compassion. From the age of 12 Carole was quadriplegic due to polio. With limited use of her left hand, Carole was able to drive her motorized wheel chair. Her father instilled in her that she could go almost anywhere in a wheel chair. And she did. Carole graduated with a BA from SMU and an MSW from UT-Austin. Her social work career included TIRR, Houston; Family Services, Arlington; and CPS, Dallas. A gifted therapist, Carole began private practice in 1980 and continued serving clients until 2012 when her health began to fail. Carole met William Henning and they fell in love, married on Valentines 1974, and became sweethearts for life. Many recognized Carole's achievements. The Dallas Mayor's Committee for Disabled Persons named her as Disabled Person of the Year in 1986. She organized a citywide march to raise awareness for the ADA. In 2004 the Nat'l Assoc. of Social Workers recognized Carole with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Carole served as president of the Association for the Disabled. The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church named Carole as Coordinator of the Crisis Rapid Response Team. For Resolana, a ministry for women inmates in Dallas, Carole led group therapy for women in the Dallas County Jail. Voice recognition technology enabled Carole to write and publish three books, including England on a Roll, the story of a trip she and her husband made to England in 1999. She has been assisted all her life by caring attendants who also became friends. Her minister said that Carole was a friend, mentor, and inspiration to hundreds. She was a deep, loving, and empathetic spirit, passionate about serving the church and the community. Her smile and passion lit up a room. Carole is survived by her husband, William Henning, brother Eben "Buddy" Carsey, Jr., sister Martha Jane Poindexter and their families. A memorial service for Carole will be on Friday, April 5 at 10:30 am. at Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd., Dallas. Memorial gifts may be made to Reconciling Ministries Network www.rmnetwork.org ,,Resolana www.resolana.info ,Northaven UMC www.northaven.org



Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 31, 2013
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