Thelma L. Poole

September 15, 1926 ‒ October 17, 2014

Fredericktown, Ohio

Thelma L. Poole, age 88, of East Sandusky Street, Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 15, 1926 in South Portsmouth, Kentucky the daughter of Paul and Frances “Bonnie” (Bolton) Dillow. Thelma taught school with her husband from 1952 to 1954 at the Dayton Junior Academy. In 1955 Thelma earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the San Bernardino California Nursing School. She has been an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fredericktown and Mount Vernon. Thelma was an avid collector of antiques and enjoyed taking care of her flower garden.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Joseph R. Poole, her children, Dr. Joseph Rustin (Melissa) Poole of Mount Vernon, Mary (Joe Cochran) Wishau of Mount Vernon, four grandchildren, Julia (Nick) Nordby, Jonathan Poole, Elizabeth (James) Dunkleberger D.D.S and Joe (Melissa) Cooper, seven great grandchildren and a brother, William (Marjorie) Dillow of San Antonio.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Lee Alden Dillow and a sister, Phyllis Aeh.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Hill Church, 535Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where friends may call one hour prior. Pastor Fred Shoemaker and Pastor Lou Tuscano will be officiating.

Memorial contributions in Thelma’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County.

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The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Thelma L. Poole.

  • We are so very sorry to hear about Grandma Thelmie. Her sweet spirit and gentle demeanor will be sorely missed.

  • Dr. Poole and family, so very sorry for your loss. So glad the Sr. Activity Center people got to spend time with you both at your summer place. Many blessings and prayers.

  • Dear Mary and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our mothers are all so precious. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dr. Poole and family. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Thelma. I have many fond memories of living in Fredericktown and visiting the Dr. at his office. Thelma was a kind and loving person. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

    Ginger Wells Caito

  • Doc and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Thelma’s passing. Doc and Thelma were very dear to my family through the years. She will be deeply missed. You have my deepest sympathies.

    – J.T. DeChant

  • Dr. Poole and Family. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Thelma. We enjoyed visiting with her at the FACA ice cream social this year. Cherise your memories.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. It was so kind of you to invite my brother, Dave & Carolyn McGugin and me into your home a while back. We enjoyed it so much. Thelma was always such a kind, meek lady and always had a beautiful smile.

  • I cannot begin to tell your family what a wonderful lady your wife mother & friend was to Margie & I we had hundreds of good & fun times no matter what we were doing especially pleasant hill lake teaching the kids how to water ski. Thelma is now in a peaceful place MAY GOD BLESS EACH & EVERY ONE OF YOUR FAMILYS JIM THORNE

  • Thelma and you have been a special part of our famliy for 30 years. I remember Thelma stretching me out on your living room floor so you could examine me. She was such a caring person, as nurses are. She will be sadly missed by me as well as many other people not only in Fredericktown,but in many parts of the country.Fredericktown lost a wonderful person.One day this death thing will be gone forever, read Revelation 21:4. Sending my sympathy and love Glenn Bricker

  • Dr. Poole A. Ruthy called me this morning to let me know of Thelma’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have so many memories and hold you both so very close and dear to my heart. May God wrap you and your family in His loving arms and give you comfort during this time. Love to all, Rene’ (Schwartz) Hefner

  • Dear Joe and family;

    It has been a pleasure to know you and Thelma the past 56 years. Our family can look back and remember and enjoy the memories from childhood through adults. Joe and Thelma were always there for our children when they were sick or injured in childhood play or one of the kids swallowing a penny. We will never forget getting together for a meal and just enjoying the day or Joe and I cutting wood and running into a hive of angry bees, or Joe and I moving a truck load of furniture and the table sailing from the truck like a wing on a plane and Joe getting such a kick out of it !!

    We are sorry that Thelma is not with us and will keep her in our thoughts always.

    Love to you both, Bill and Kim Doane and Family (Doane 7)

  • What a wonderful lady, yes I remember going to your house before you had
    an office. Thelma was in garden club with Mom and I, just good memories.
    My prayers and sympathy to the family.

  • Dear Dr Joe Mary and Dr Pool . Am so sorry to hear about your beloved mother and wife. May God comfort you as you remember your dear mother and wife. God be with you.

  • Just wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts. hearts and prayers. I know you and Bear will really miss Thelma.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Joe! What a tragic loss. Thelma was an extremely kind woman. May god lay his hand upon your heavy heart and ease your pain and sorrows.
    With all our love,
    John & Amanda

  • Dear Uncle Joe, May God surround you with His arms of love just now. I am saddened to hear of Aunt Thelma’s passing. I loved her and have fond memories of her and her kind ways and soft spoken voice. I am so sorry Uncle Joe. May God be very near to you and the children just now. I look forward to meeting her soon in the new earth, What a special lady she was. Here’s my love to you , Mary , Joey and grand children. God Bless you and be very near to you. Love you. Your niece Ruth

  • Dear Dr. Poole,

    Your dear wife and you yourself have enriched out lives and the lives of our family for many years. We have many fond memories of the times we spent together when we were all young. We know that Thelma can rest safely in the arms of our dear Savior until we can all meet again in the heavenly kingdom and not have to deal with the challenges of distance. May the Holy Spirit assure you of our love and prayers.

  • We were so saddened to hear of Thelmas passing. We will miss her so much. May the Lord comfort you all in this time of sorrow.

  • Dear Dr.Poole may the angels wrap you and comfort you in their wings of love. Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family!

  • So very sad about the loss of my dear aunt. Our deepest sympathy to Uncle Joe, Joe, Mary, grandkids & family. With much love.

  • So sorry about the loss of my dear aunt. Our deepest sympathy to Uncle Joe, Joe, Mary, grandkids & family. With much love.