Carol C. Pounds, 88, Blue Springs, Mo., passed away on January 22, 2010, at her home after an 18-month long battle with cancer that took her life but never took away her dignity, love and compassion.

Carol C. Pounds, 88, Blue Springs, Mo., passed away on January 22, 2010, at her home after an 18-month long battle with cancer that took her life but never took away her dignity, love and compassion.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 27,  at Blue Springs Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow at Blue Springs Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, at the Church of the Nazarene.

Carol was born February 25, 1921, in Denhoff, North Dakota, to Jacob and Ruth Hempel. She was a graduate of Denhoff High School and of Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, in 1945. Her “hard scrabble” plains upbringing in North Dakota instilled Carol with the determination and appreciation for the small and simple pleasures of life. Although her degree in education prepared her for teaching, it was her lifetime of calling as a “preacher’s wife” that gave her legacy of unwavering faith and service.  Carol held the position of quiet background service alongside the love of her life, Rev. Floyd H. Pounds, whom she married on August 29, 1945. Being a Church of the Nazarene preacher’s wife resulted in frugality, but not parsimoniousness. Evidence to that was how Carol could make meals from leftovers of leftovers. In fact, until she was no longer physically able, there was never “store bought” bread in the Pounds’ home. One never came away from a visit there without her famous warm chocolate chip cookies, fondly enjoyed by grandchildren and neighborhood children alike. Additionally, Carol enjoyed sewing and knitting clothes for herself and family. Over the decades, Carol and Floyd ministered to people in Wausau and Menomonie Wisconsin, and Galesburg, Illinois. In 1968, when Floyd became the District Superintendent for Nazarene churches in northwestern Illinois, the family moved to Peoria, Illinois. Carol extended her service as the pastor’s wife to the families that pastored under their jurisdiction. In 1985, they retired to Blue Springs, Mo., where they continued ministering to others, constantly encouraging and serving everyone who surrounded them. In the larger world, Carol expressed her deep commitment to her Christian faith through her special love for missions and those that served around the world.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Don, Hugh and Warren; and sister Mary. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, of the home; brothers, Rev. Robert Hempel of Meridian ID, Dr. Dean Hempel of Minneapolis, sister Ruth Shearer of Oakes, ND; children, Dr. Joel Pounds (Suzi) of Richland, WA; Jon Pounds (Olivia Gude) of Chicago, IL, and Beth Legler (Dr. Larry) of Blue Springs, Mo.; grandchildren Julie, Nathan, Laura, Sarah, Christopher, Kristina, David and Dylan; and one very special great-grandchild Evan Pounds.

Carol will be missed by many friends of all ages and by her family who were inspired by the grace by which she lived her life and her last days.

The family requests that you honor Carol’s memory by sending contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Carol C. Pounds Memorial Mission Fund, c/o Blue Springs Church of the Nazarene, 2801 Walnut St., Blue Springs, MO  64015.

Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main, Blue Springs, MO 64015, 816-229-3276. 

Condolences and memories of Carol may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.