OBITUARY

Carol Hyfia Zimmer

November 7, 1947March 1, 2013
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Arlington - Carol Hyfia Zimmer, 65, passed away peacefully in her home in Arlington early on the morning of March 1, 2013 after a courageous battle against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Funeral: A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Moore Memorial Funeral Home (1219 N Davis Dr) in Arlington. A celebration of Carol’s life will be held on March 6, 2013 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church (2100 N Davis Dr, Arlington, TX) at 10:00am with reception to follow at her home.

MEMORIALS: To honor the memory of Carol, in lieu of flowers, please send gifts to the ALS-TDI Foundation (www.als.net), ALS Association (www.alsa.org), or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org).

Carol entered the world on November 7, 1947 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up in Venezuela, where she met her husband Stephen. She had two of her three children, Susy and Debbie, in Caracas before moving to Arlington, TX in 1979 where her third daughter, Nicky, was born. Arlington is where she called home, where she dug in her roots and where she blossomed into a North Arlington icon.

Carol’s life was one of love and service. Her greatest accomplishment was raising her three daughters and supporting her husband and his successes. She became the quintessential grandmother to her eight grandchildren, who called her by the nickname Cici. We could go on forever with what she meant to us, but her life was so much bigger than that. Carol affected everyone she met.

Carol was inspirational to all who met her. Friends say Carol taught us how to live with gusto, laughter, kindness, love of family, and love of God. We will all remember Carol’s laugh, gorgeous eyes, perfect smile, and Latin spiciness. Carol truly never met a stranger. There was not a person in a room Carol would not meet, learn their entire life story, and have them leave feeling better about themselves. Her encouragement made people happier about where they were, what they were doing, and why they were doing it. Carol worked to help people find their life’s purpose. In that endeavor, she found hers.

Carol gave of her time and of her heart. She served the Arlington community with all she had. She was involved in several key organizations culminating in her receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award for the city of Arlington in October 2012. Some of the organizations with which Carol was most involved include: The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Arlington, the UTA School of Nursing, Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, Arlington Life Shelter, Rotary Club of Arlington, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Delta Gamma, PTA, Young Life, and many more. She opened her home willingly to charitable causes, worked hard to raise funds, and gave generously.

… and then there were the things that were just Carol: her closet (organized by color… how many black pants can you have?), her shoes, her favorite friends at Neimans, her gifts to anyone and everyone, jewelry, and the way she would open her house to the community with her amazing parties. What a time she had! A truly unique person who knew how to live.

Her bright smile and infectious laugh were an inspiration to the end. Even while she battled the cruel disease ALS, Carol made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. She refused to allow herself to be slowed down. She refused to quit living… to quit being a wife and a mother… to quit being Carol.

SURVIVORS: Carol is survived by her husband, Stephen Zimmer, her three daughters, Susannah Smith of Frisco, TX, Deborah Henderson of Colorado Springs, CO, and Nicole Sewell of San Antonio, TX and their husbands Robert Smith, Chance Henderson, and Jeff Sewell. She will be missed by her eight beautiful grandchildren, Brynne, Asher, Austin, and Ryland Smith, Katie Belle and Cooper Henderson (and future baby Henderson, due in July), and Cadlea and Alden Sewell (and future baby Sewell due in October); her mother Jasmine Bratt, brothers David and Jonny Bratt, and sister Judi Darby; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who were very important and loved by her.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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Michelle Peterson

March 13, 2013

Carol always had a smile on her face and always friendly she always made you feel like you had know her all your life. I will miss Carol, She was a very special person.

Dottie Armour

March 13, 2013

She will be missed so much...
A woman who made a mark on this world and whose love of life will always be remembered. I surround you with my love wherever you are. Always miss you
Always love you

Beatrice, James and Ashley Stein

March 12, 2013

Carol,
What an amazing woman. You touched everyone who ever met you.You left the world a much better place than it was. We will all miss you more than words can say. Condolences to your beautiful family. RIP.

kathy pogue

March 11, 2013

Dear, sweet Carol. Oh, how you touched the deepest parts of my soul. What a rare jewel you are, a true blessing to all that crossed your path. What an honor, to have shared in the last few months of your life here. Within only a few minutes of meeting you, I felt as if we had been friends, always. Steve, Suzy, Deb and Nicky, my heart goes out to each one of you and the children. May Heavenly Father, wrap his loving arms around y'all with much, comfort and peace. My heart, still breaks... for selfish reasons. The bitter sweet, knowing pieces of her beauty will carry on in all that she touch. Much Love and Hugs,

Patty Kunko

March 10, 2013

Carol, my best friend from the day we met. You taught me how to love and serve others and our Lord. I hope I can follow your example. I miss you already. Steve, Dan and I want you to know we are here for you if you need us. You and your family is a shining light for all. Love,

Kay Kelly

March 8, 2013

I will forever miss my beautiful
Friend Carol and her wonderful
smile that lit up a room when she was in it and the warmth I felt in my heart when I was near her.I was so blessed to have met her when I moved to Texas 26 years ago. She was a bright spot in my life and I have so many precious memories to cherish of our friendship. Rest in peace sweet friend.

March 7, 2013

The world is a better place because Carol was in it. I am a better person for having met her. Michelle, Fort Worth, TX

Pam Kelly

March 7, 2013

Oh Babe! You will be so truly missed by all! As I look at your picture right now I start to giggle because whenever we were together always laughing! Love you so!!! Miss even more !

March 7, 2013

A wonderful person, she will be missed by so many.

March 7, 2013

Dear Zimmer Family- I was going through the obituaries this morning on the Dallas Morning News looking for one of my family members when I ran across Carol's obituary. I viewed the photos, and she looked like she had a wonderful life full of friends and family. The photos show a wondeful, fun, and loving life. I have never signed someone elses guest book that I didn't know, but your family looks like they had lots of fun and great memories. God bless you all. Greg-