Carol Ann Hendrix Yarbrough, 77, of Houston, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on February 3, 2020, after a lengthy illness. She was born on October 30, 1942 in Temple, Texas, to Jack Byron Hendrix and Ruby Casselberry Hendrix McDonald.
Carol was a 1960 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio. She attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, where she was an inaugural officer of the Strutter Dance Team. Her love of dance and the Strutter organization was lifelong.
Carol's strong work ethic shined brightly throughout all of the jobs she held during her professional career. Ultimately, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to start her own Health Insurance Brokerage company. She was held in high regard by her colleagues and was a well-respected member of several industry associations. She retired in 2013.
Towards the end of life, Carol struggled with her health but she was a fighter. She lived much longer than expected, maintaining her witty sense of humor and determined spirit until the end. We can all rest easy knowing that her body is restored and she is deeply breathing in the fresh heavenly air.
Survivors include her beloved children, son Marcus Yax and wife Cindy of San Antonio; son Richard Yax and wife Gretchen of Briarcliff; daughter Amy Norris and husband Kevin of Houston; five grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Parker Yax, Benjamin Yax, Spencer Yax, Dillon Norris and Addison Norris. She is also survived by her mother, Ruby Casselberry McDonald and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX on Saturday, February 8th at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, Carol's wish is for you to consider a gift to one of these organizations near and dear to her: Barbara Tidwell Scholarship Endowment Fund, c/o Strutters, Texas State University, Attn: Tammy Fife, 601 University Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666 or to Superhero Kids Fund, a local organization to help children battling cancer and their families at https://superherokids.org/
The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to her caregiver and friend, Veronica Ramos, her loving and supportive friend, Kay Kooker and her dearest friend of 63 years, Nancy Pennell, who was selflessly by her side in her final days.
I was just chatting with Carol on Messenger, January 27th, about sloths. She had sent me an adorable picture of one. My mother, Shirley Hutzler, LOVED sloths! I told Carol I had a tattoo idea in mind and would send her the final draft. She chuckled at that... Carol and Shirley were dear, dear friends from their insurance and underwriting days. Mom pre-deceased Carol, December of 2018... I miss her terribly... As I told Carol's son, Rich, the solace I get from this, is knowing Mom and Carol are reunited and having a GRAND time together. My deepest sympathies to Carol's family and friends. THRIVE on her memory and grieve, naturally, as you should... Your mother has her angel wings and is watching over you forever and ever more. In God's grip and grace... Mel Hutzler
I’m so so sorry for your loss!! I didn’t know Carol, but after reading her obituary wishing I did !!
Rich it sounds like you married your mom — Gretchen is so very funny !!
I have only known Carol since 2008. However, it did not take long to see her attributes of humor, strength of character and love of her friends and family. Like everyone else I will miss her beautiful smile, whit and sound judgement and her love of life. I will remember that name "Jakester" see greeted me with on every occasion. Bless her family and friends as they mourn her passing. What a joy to be her friend
Carol was such a loving person and super supporter of Texas State Strutters!! We will miss her always cheering on the Strutters on social media. Yes, she is now rejoicing breathing heavenly air!!
Goodness, I bet she is breathing God’s glory in deep right now. I’ll always fondly remember her sense of humor, her leading position on the neighborhood watch. Xoxo. Anne Sellis
Carol was a dear and cherished friend from way back in 1960-1961, at SWTSTC. There was a group of six of us - we named ourselves The Sexy Six - all first year Strutters - Lana, Loma, Lincy, Carla, Carol and Joanne. We did everything together, had more fun, made memories to last a lifetime, and learned such valuable lessons through being Strutters. Rest In Peace, sweet Carol. I love you, I miss you, and I’ll see you on the other side ❤️ My deepest condolences to all of Carol’s family, and I know that God is walking with you through your grief and tears 🙏. May God bless you all .
Carla Mills Boardman