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Irma Lou Carroll

Graveside service for Irma Carroll, 88, of Winnsboro, is scheduled for 11:00 AM Monday, September 10, 2018 at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.

Irma Lou Carroll was born October 31, 1929 in Henrietta, TX. She was the daughter of Lena Rector and Edward Poduska. On June 14, 1946 she married the love of her life, Willie “Bill” Carroll, after only two weeks of dating. The two met on a blind date set up by her mother on June 1st. They married two weeks later and were married 57 years at the time of his death in 2003. She traveled and lived with her husband all over Texas and Louisiana since his employer sent him to many different construction sites. In 1951 they settled in Grand Prairie in order to have a permanent hometown for their 5 children. She loved canning their own garden vegetables along with sewing clothes for her children and husband. Sewing was one of her passions. She was an amazing seamstress and could make anything she set her mind to. Irma worked for Kodak in Dallas, developing film for 25 years before retiring. In 2005 she moved from Grand Prairie to Wood County and attended First Baptist Church of Quitman.

Irma passed away Wednesday morning, September 5, 2018 at her daughters home in Winnsboro.

She is preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Lonnie Leo and Lena Rector Doom; loving husband of 57 years, Bill Carroll, on July 5, 2003; and her oldest son, Rodger Carroll.

Left to cherish her memory are her three sons, Ronnie Carroll and wife Shelly of Kiowa, CO, Rickey Carroll and wife Rinda of Bridgeport, and Randy Carroll and wife Brenda of Winnsboro; daughter, Rhonda Riojas and husband Joe of Quitman; 13 grandchildren, Marcy and James Morgan, Rodney Carroll, Brandee Nicole and Roland McGuyer, Jana and Rick Sander, Lisa and Brandon Lenderink, Chris Williams, Eric Williams, Shari Carroll, Angela and Marcin Nowicki, Randy and Amanda Carroll, Wesley and Danielle Riojas, Daniel and Jeana Riojas, and Jody and Rose Riojas; 38 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren.

Graveside Service

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We were neighbors for thirteen years and watched the Carroll kids grow up, leave their magnificent parents and chart their own path in life. They enjoyed living the life of a special bonded family. Bill and Irma loved their family and cherished their children. They were so proud of each child and always spoke of their current endeavors through the years. Irma got a job at Kodak and we began ride-sharing. Our shift 0600-1430. It was her turn to drive on freezing iced- snowy roads. We always drank coffee on our way to work. She was approaching a bridge, driving cautiously near the wrecking yard businesses when her car spun out of control. Irma immediately steered left, right, left, right and managed not to drive down the steep ditch. Afterwards, both of us was in awe - she earned her qualification for a racing career. Subsequently, I had no coffee in my cup; coffee was slung all over her car and beige coat. I apologized. Both of us laughed hysterically. We were safe and she made our day. Irma shared her recipes. She was a fabulous cook and one of my favorite desserts was her orange jello recipe that included cheddar cheese. Delicious! Through the years, Irma and I communicated often. Leroy and I enjoyed visiting with her. She loved her ideal living space with lots of family photos displayed. She was proud of her spectacular flower garden. We shared lots of memories. She has been a great friend. Leroy and I will always cherish the memories of Bill and Irma and the Carroll kids.

Doris with Leroy Sep 10 2018 12:00 AM

Ronnie, Ricky, Randy, Rhonda, and all of your family, I'm so sorry about your mother. It has been too many years, but I have fond memories of the Carroll family coming to Paducah. Remember her with lots of good stories and smiles. My prayers are with you. Mary Clark

Mary Clark Sep 9 2018 12:00 AM

Rhonda, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. I will be praying for you and your family during this time. Love, Leslie Sperling

Leslie Sperling Sep 8 2018 12:00 AM