Funeral Services for Viva Faye Greene Poole, of Ada, Oklahoma, will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 27, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, Ada, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Atwood Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. David Daniel. Family will welcome friends for visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Friday, April 26, 2013 at Smith-Phillips Funeral Home, Ada, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Poole passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at a local hospital in Oklahoma City, at the age of 100. Viva was born September 29, 1912 at Beulah, Oklahoma to Homer B. Greene and Lela Gertrude Earnhart Greene. She was the eldest of five children. She attended school at Atwood, graduating in 1930.
She worked her way through college, earning her room and board by housekeeping and cooking for Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Morrison, the Dean of Students, at East Central State Teachers College, in Ada. Her long and well-respected teaching career began in 1934 in Fairview (Hughes County,) and later included schools in Jesse, Pleasant Hill (in Coal County,) Olney, and Stonewall. She taught in one-room schoolhouses for many years, usually multiple grades at once. She retired from Stonewall in 1976, after more than 3 decades of teaching. Many former first-graders have written to her and sent holiday greetings over the years-a gesture she always appreciated. She was twice selected “Teacher of the Year.”
Viva married James “Clarence” Poole, a high school classmate, on June 14, 1936, in a small ceremony at a home in Allen, Oklahoma. She postponed her teaching career in the early years of their marriage, living in the communities of Round Prairie, Allen, and Burr Valley, where she was a homemaker, a farmer’s wife, and mother to her three small children.
After retirement, she traveled with her husband, Clarence. They enjoyed their time with their card-playing friends-a pastime that never grew old to her. They sold their Burr Valley farm and moved to Ada in 1988. After his death, she continued her hospitality, opening her basement to dozens of ladies to come play cards at “The Poole Hall.”