Runyon, Carol Jean

August 15, 1941 - March 5, 2016

Carol Jean Runyon, a long-time resident of the Plano Texas area, died Saturday the 5th day of March 2016, at The Park In Plano Skilled Nursing Facility at the age of 74 from the long term affects of traumatic subdural hematoma and bone marrow transplant. Carol was born August 15, 1941 in Delavan, Illinois to Frederick Lawrence Runyon and Mary Schmidt Runyon. She was raised on a sharecropper farm in Green Valley Illinois and is one of 11 children. In her senior year of school, Carol was crowned Homecoming Queen of the Green Valley Hornets, and graduated from Green Valley Community High School in 1959

Following graduation she relocated to Louisiana and performed clerical duties at a Loan & Finance Co. where she met Airman Dominic Joseph Traina. In July 1962 Carol and Don were married in Bossier City, Louisiana. Together she and Don have three children. Subsequently, Carol co-owned, with her husband Don, a convenience store in Monroe, Louisiana. In later years, they divorced in May of 1984.

In December 1984,Carol earned an Associates Degree in Business from Louisiana Business College and graduated with Honors while working as a manager of Arby’s Restaurant in Monroe, Louisiana. She went on to work as an Office Manager of Tommy Parker Diamond Imports also in Monroe, Louisiana. She continued to perform Clerical Office Manager duties for several companies in the Dallas, Texas area. Carol enjoyed cooking, gardening, dancing, music, butterflies, ladybugs, wind chimes and the color green.

Carol is survived by her brothers: Beryl Runyon of Delevan,Illinois, Willis Runyon of Pekin, Illinois and Lynn Runyon of Pekin, Illinois. She is survived by her sisters: JoAnn Runyon Elkins of Pensacola, Florida, Faye Runyon Salinas of Bossier City, Louisiana and Rosemary Runyon Zilch of Washington, Illinois. She is also survived by her former spouse: Dominic Joseph Traina of Jonesboro, Louisiana. She is survived by her 3 children: Kathrine Traina Fox Flowers of Plano, Texas, Donna Traina McNatt of Plano,Texas and Todd Joseph Traina of North Richland Hills, Texas. She is survived by her 10 Grandchildren: Amber Fox Badeaux of Albany, Louisiana, Stephanie Fox of Springfield, Louisiana , Jeb Flowers also of Springfield, Louisiana, Jeff McNatt of Plano, Texas, Terry McNatt of Plano,Texas, Whitney McNatt of McKinney,Texas, Todd Traina, Jr. of NRH, Texas, Ash’lyn Traina of NRH, Texas, Riley Traina of NRH, Texas and Makayla Traina of NRH,Texas. She is also survived by her 12 Great Grandchildren.

Carol is preceeded in death by her father Frederick Lawerence Runyon of Green Valley, Illinois  and her mother Mary Schmidt Runyon of Green Valley, Illinois. She is also preceeded in death by her Sister Marjorie Runyon Sisco of Pekin, Illinois and her brothers Ralph Runyon of Green Valley, Illinois, Harland Runyon of Treemont, Illinois and Paul Runyon of Delavan, Illinois. She is also preceeded in death by her granddaughter Sandi DeShae Fox of Monore, Louisiana.

A Memorial Service will be held @ 1pm on March 19, 2016 at Life Central Church located @2301 Premier Drive in Plano,Texas 75075

Flowers may be sent to: 2601 N Avenue Plano, Texas 75074

Momma- We are Who we are because of Who You Were.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


5 replies on “Runyon, Carol Jean”

Anonymous says:

Rest in Peace, my dear sister as you are now with you Heavenly Father

Pat Franks says:

You are now in a better place, but I always miss your sweet kindness and our telephone visits.

Rosemary Zilch says:

Rest in peace, I love you sis

Bobbi Foster says:

Although I was privileged to have had the honor of spending time with Carol on several occasions, I know her better from knowing her daughter, Donna. Through that relationship, it was obvious what a wonderful mother and special person Carol was as is evident by the woman Donna has become. I know that Carol is rejoicing in heaven as the Lord welcomed her home where she is now basking in His glory. May all who knew and loved Carol find peace and comfort in that knowledge. God bless…

Willis & Lois Runyon says:

Prayers and thoughts are with your family and I hope you are up in heavan dancing with the cowboy hat and planting your veggies.

Leave a Condolence

Your email address will not be published.

R. Driver

Excellent customer service, they made you feel like you were their only customer. Very helpful and explained what we should expect during the process. They basically took care of our needs during this time. They contacted DFW National Cemetery for us which made it a smooth experience. Definitely will use them again.

View more testimonials.