Carmen Page Joy Preston went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Carmen was born February 6, 1977 in San Angelo, Texas to Kerry and Debbie Joy of Eldorado. She graduated from Eldorado High School in 1995 and obtained her Nursing Degree from Angelo State University. Carmen was a practicing RN and currently worked as a home health nurse, traveling all over the Concho Valley to care for her patients.
Carmen was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that nearly took her life. She was blessed with a double lung transplant on October 16, 2002 and this miracle gave her almost nine more years of life. Carmen’s transplant doctors have reported her as being the longest living double lung transplant recipient under their care.
Carmen’s love for others was infectious, and it carried over into her chosen career as a health care provider. This love for others was superseded only by her intimate relationship with Christ. Carmen lived her life to the fullest, in every way. Her bubbly laugh was contagious, she never met a stranger, she loved unconditionally, and her forgiving nature was just one example of her many spiritual gifts. If you met her, you loved her.
Carmen was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Wilson and Helen Marie Page and her paternal grandmother Carry Dobrovolny.
Carmen is survived by her parents, Kerry & Debbie, and her loving sister, Madolyn Marie Phillips, husband Chris and their children Slade and Ryder, all of Eldorado. She is also survived by her paternal grandparents John Wesley and Avis Joy of Sonora, uncle Bob Page and wife Susan of Canyon, uncle Kenny Olree of Crosby, aunt Karen Olree of Grayford, uncle Tobin Joy of Sonora, aunt Lisa and husband BW Kennedy of Christoval, and aunt Mitzi Kelley and husband Damon of Plainview. Carmen is also survived by many extended family members, including special cousins Courtney Hellman, husband Gary and son Harrison of Boerne and Suzanne Page and son Carter, also of Boerne. Carmen will also be greatly missed by her faithful companion, Volt.
Carmen was known as “Carm” to many, but her special nephews loved their “Puddin’.” She spoiled them, she loved on them and they will always remember her awesome Puddin’ hugs.
Graveside service will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 13 in Eldorado. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Carmen’s name to the Austin chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 3316 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. A, Austin, TX 78746.