Carol Ann Cross Polega

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Carol Ann Cross Polega died early Saturday morning, August 10th, 2013. She was 65 years old.

The oldest of four siblings, Carol was born in Massachusetts in 1947 to Ann and Stan Cross. Married to Bernie Polega for 43 years, she raised two sons, Jeff and Doug, and gained two daughters-in-law, Victoria and Marie. A dedicated parent, she worked hard to educate her children both in and out of the classroom across these United States, living in North Carolina, Georgia, New Jersey, and finally Texas. Her two grandchildren in Austin provided her endless delights through their adventures of growing up. She is preceded in death by her loving mother, Ann, and fiercely loyal brother, Stan III, and is survived by her father, Stan Jr., her brother Dave and her sister Ellen and a significant extended family.

Carol successfully balanced the demands of work and home throughout a 30 year career in Geriatric Nutrition and Care. A 1969 graduate of Michigan State University, she became a Registered Dietician after a residency in the Veterans Hospital of New York City. Passionate about the balance of nutrition in both sustenance and quality of life, she was recognized as an outstanding nutritionist, winning Dietician of the year in 1979. Working for many nursing homes in multiple states across her career, sometimes as an independent consultant, she fought for quality care for her patients, even challenging management and regulatory bodies for the care that she felt was right.

An avid reader throughout most of her life, Carol enjoyed the escape of literature both fiction and non-fiction. Her truest passion was in the kitchen, where as a chef and baker, she would disassemble and analyze recipes, experimenting to build her own creations. Carol enjoyed travel, exploring both internationally and across the United States, with special interests in natural landscapes. Like her parents, Carol enjoyed nature watching and birding, but also content to observe the day-to-day activities on the ranch. Most of all, she enjoyed her grandchildren and delighted in watching them grow and discover the world.

A memorial service will be held at Metcalf Funeral Directors in Conroe at 11am on August 23rd, and will be receiving friends and family beforehand from 9 until 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the New Waverly Public Library (http://www.newwaverlypubliclibrary.org) or Camp for All (http://campforall.org).


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Aug. 13 to Aug. 26, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
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1801 East White Oak Terrace | Conroe, TX 77304 | (936) 756-3311
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