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Carma Jean Starr Allison

December 9, 1937 - September 10, 2020

Carma Jean Starr Allison of Plano, Texas passed away on September 10, 2020 at the age of 82.  She was born on December 9, 1937 to Eldon C. and Carrie Cynthia (Rickett) Starr in Mt. Vernon, Arkansas.  Carma attended elementary school in Mt. Vernon and later finished high school in Conway, Arkansas.  After finishing high school, she entered studies at the University of Central Arkansas located in Conway.  Her major was English Literature.  Carma was a teacher at Pine Bluff High school in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  While teaching, she heard of a scholarship available at Auburn University, she applied for and received the scholarship.  After receiving a Master’s Degree in English Literature, she obtained a teaching position at Kimball High School in the Dallas Independent School District.  While teaching at Kimball, she and Gaylord “Al” Allison became acquainted and were married in the Chapel of the University of Central Arkansas about 9 months later.  When their first child was born, Carma withdrew from teaching and became a full time mother.  During the years that there were children at home she used her teaching skills to teach children’s classes at church.  After the last child entered college, she obtained a position at Collin County Community College and remained there until retirement.  During this time, she for several months, organized a program for teaching the scriptures to Chinese students at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Carma is survived by her husband, Gaylord “Al” Allison; children, Chris Allison  and wife, Leslie, Heather Gunn  and husband, Andrew, and Brooke Veale and husband, Chris; grandchildren, Ian Gunn, Allison Gunn, Alaina Gunn, Isabel Allison, and Sabrina Veale; sisters, Margaret Elentri and husband, Vince and Brenda Griffith and husband, Pat; and a host of other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon and Carrie Starr; and brother, Lawrence Starr.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas.

In support of our local, state, and federal govt including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, the following are Ridgeview Memorial Parks guidelines. All are invited to attend the Graveside Service, maintaining social distancing or you may remain in your vehicle. You will be able to listen to the service through speakers set up at the gravesite.

A “come and go” visitation will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home facility at any one time to maintain social distancing.

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I am sending up prayers for you family at this time. I got to know Carma best from Jackson PTA. Heather was a good friend of my daughter Jennifer all through Plano schools. Always enjoyed seeing you Al, when you walked at the mall. lbkucera@verizon.net, September 21, 2020 I am so very sorry for the passing of your much-loved, special mother and grandmother. I am praying for each of you during this difficult time. D'Ann Shippy, September 14, 2020 Dear Carma mom, Let me call you my American mom again. We have been friends for almost 17 years, since I came to the USA three months. You were my Bible teacher, my spiritual mom, my best friend, my life mentor, you are my role model. You taught me Bible even when I could barely speak English. You introduced me and my family to your family and all your children. You took me to your LOA group to show me how Christians cared about each other, loved each other and helped each other. You hosted a baby shower for my little Angie and all your friends at Waterview church came to celebrate all because of you and the love in Christ. I received too much love to list them all. 2020, we had a backyard social distancing getting together before Mother’s Day and we planned to have more gatherings but you were gone! I know we will meet in heaven with our Lord. I will follow your steps to preach the gospel, to teach God’s word, and to follow Christ. Goodbye Carma mom, love you from the bottom of my heart. Your student, your spiritual daughter, your friend Meiqin and family Meiqin Liu, September 12, 2020 Dear Al and family ~ I am so sorry for your loss. Carma was so sweet and I am going to miss her very much. We both loved shopping at Chico's and would compliment each other on Sunday mornings. May God give you strength and comfort in the difficult days ahead. Sending a lot of love and hugs to you all ~ Patti O'Neil, September 12, 2020 Sending my love to a special lady. She was a kind, sweet lady and all will miss her. Betty Allison, September 11, 2020