Darby Pool

April 23, 2023

Darby Leanne (Stack) Pool, of Lombard, passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2023, at the age of 44.
Darby is survived by her husband, Donald “Donny” Pool of Lombard, IL; children, Chase and Cora Pool; mother, Pam (Mike) Quinley; sisters, Alison (Chuck) Schumacher and Kim Stack; Mother-in-law, Linda Pool; Brother-in-law, Denis (Heather) Pool; Sister-in-law, Donna (Brandon) Olson; nieces and nephews: Campbell, Charlie, Leighton, Makenzie, Murphy, Scarlett, and Zach. She is predeceased by her father, Victor Raymond “Ray” Stack; and father-in-law, Donald Pool.
Darby was born to Ray Stack and Pam Quinley on April 11, 1979, at Homestead Air Force Base in Homestead, Fla. As part of a military family, Darby spent time in Florida, North Carolina, Spain, and Ohio, before settling in New Baden, Ill.
Darby graduated in 1997 from Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese, Ill. She received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences in 2001 from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Applied Family and Child Studies in 2004 from Northern Illinois University. She met the love of her life, Donald “Donny” Pool, at Eastern. They were married in 2009. She also embraced her extended family in the Kappa Delta Sorority.
Though she knew she would miss her family in southern Illinois, the decision to raise her children and work in Lombard was made easy due to the welcoming arms of her husband’s family. Donny and Darby made a life devoted to family, friends, and coworkers. She spent many happy weekends cheering on her children at their activities and doing fun things like going on camping trips with those she loved.
Darby worked for nearly 20 years with Metropolitan Family Services (MFS). She started as a classroom teacher and eventually rose to the Head Start Director and the DuPage Associate Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE). She supported staff, families, and, most of all, the children in the program. “Darby was a visionary and a very strong leader,” said Chief Operating Officer of MFS, Theresa Nihill.
Though Darby’s work was important and admirable, she shined brightest in her character. She loved deeply and knew no stranger. Everyone saw her as their “person” because of her willingness to help and her selfless attitude. She was the best mother to her young children, Chase and Cora, and loved them more than they will ever know. Her shocking passing will be strongly felt by many who were privileged to be close to her.
She was a daughter, sister, mother, wife, auntie, and friend. She was loved by all, and she will be immensely missed.                                                                                                                                              Funeral Saturday April 29, 2023 at 9:00 A.M. at Cappetta’s West Suburban Funeral Home 4920 Main St., Downers Grove to Sacred Heart Church 114 Elizabeth St., Lombard. Funeral Mass 10 A.M. Interment private. Visitation Friday 3-9 P.M. at Cappetta’s West Suburban Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider donating to the American Cancer Society in Darby’s name.