Eleanor Humble Poole
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Eleanor Humble Poole, a longtime resident of Shreveport, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Rockwall, Texas at age 91, following a brief illness. Born on November 20, 1921 in Calhoun, Louisiana to Jake and Sallie Humble, words, music, and nature were important to her. She wrote poetry, read voraciously, gardened compulsively, and chose teaching music as her profession. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University during World War II qualified to teach band, orchestra, or chorus and had her pick of first jobs due to the paucity of men. Her seventeen-year career as a band director, most notably at Lakeshore Junior High School in Shreveport, brought her great satisfaction and a vivid place in the memories of her students. It also introduced her to her math-teaching future husband, Oscar Lyndon Poole, who predeceased her in 2001.
Eleanor Poole is survived by her three children: Mary Ellen of San Francisco, California; Carol of Rockwall, Texas; David Lyndon (and wife Lisette Kunz) of Austin, Texas, as well as granddaughters Roxanne Fey Flournoy and Isla Rain Poole of Austin. She also leaves her beloved sister Mary A. Vardeman (and husband Alex) of Shreveport, and dear brothers Bill (and wife Jane) of Calhoun and Bob (and wife Ronznana) of Quitman, Louisiana. Brothers Tom and Jake and sister Betty preceded her in death. Numerous nieces and nephews, great- and great-great nieces and nephews will miss her as well. Her friends at First United Methodist Church and Live Oak Retirement Center in Shreveport, and at Arbor House in Rockwall, were very important to her.
Visitation will be held at Kilpatrick Rose-Neath Funeral Home at 2500 Southside Drive in Shreveport on Saturday, November 24 between 6:00 and 8:00. Services will take place in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church - Shreveport on Sunday, November 25 at 2:00 with interment to follow in Forest Park West. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Providence House of Shreveport (theprovidencehouse.com).
Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2012