Marian Elouise Pool was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Oct. 14, 1918. Her mother, Elouise McGhee Pool, died of diabetes when Marian was 5, and her dad, Thomas Marion Pool, moved his three pre-schoolers, Marian, Tom Jr. ("Boo"), and Jerry to Hot Springs. He met a wonderful woman, Pearl Orr Dewitt, at Central Baptist Church. She had two children, Bette and Dorothy, and they married and had three more. It was the original "yours, mine, and ours" family. Marian loved her new family and grew very close to all her adopted cousins. She said she was lucky to have had two mothers.
Marian graduated from Ouachita Baptist College, working and paying her own way as secretary to the president of the college. She married Harold M. Henderson and they had two children, Nancy E. Henderson Frith and Douglas H. Henderson, during World War II. When the children were 3 and 5, Marian went back to school and got her master's degree in literature, writing her thesis on Shakespeare.
She taught elementary school in Hot Springs. She taught math and literature at the community college. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and for the Girl Scouts teaching swimming and life saving. She taught Sunday school, directed the youth choir, and sang many solos in the First Christian Church choir, She also sang with the Hot Springs Choral Club, and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Chorus.
Marian used to take classrooms on nature walks, teaching them the names of all the trees and flowers, while hiking. When she was about 40, she began walking for an hour a day rain or shine, usually going about three miles. She said it made her heel good and helped her to sleep.
Her favorite hobby was travel. She loved seeing other places. She and Harold would take vacations each summer with the children, camping in a tent to save money. They saw most of the National Parks in the U.S., all 50 states, and went fishing in Canada. After the children were grown, they went to the Holy Land, all over Europe, and to Mexico. After Harold died, she and Nancy toured New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Yellowstone, Central Europe, Alaska, and the Panama Canal. She and Doug toured the U.K. and Ireland, and she took her granddaughter, Laura, on a cruise to Norway.
She traveled often to Alaska, usually timing it so that she could take part in the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.
Doug now lives in Virginia and Nancy lives in Fairbanks. Their children are scattered all over the U.S. and U.K. Marian has loved her nine grandchildren, Steve, Rich, James H., David, James F. and Laura, and two step-grandchildren, Natalie and Bill. She leaves seven great-grandchildren, Richey, Brittini, Haley, David A., Tenely, Paige, Brendan, Dylan and Bennett; and two great-great-grandchildren, Trey and Aiden. She was very much loved by countless nieces and nephews, and her three surviving sisters, Charlene, Patricia, and Barbara.
Marian is preceded in death by her husband, Harold; grandson David Douglas Frith, both her mothers, her father; brothers, Leslie "Jerry" Truett and Tom "Boo" Pool Jr., and sisters, Bette and Dorothy Ann.
Memorial gifts may be made to Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival or Habitat for Humanity.
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