Services for Marion Polly, 95, of Lemon Cove were held on Sept. 24 at Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church followed by a private burial at Exeter District Cemetery. She died on Sept. 20 in Lemon Cove.

Marion Polly lived the gift of 95 years. She passed away on Sept. 20 after a courageous fight with cancer. In her passing she maintained an essence of dignity and grace.

She was born Marion Malvina Pogue on Sept. 8, 1909 in Lemon Cove to Jonathan Earl and Della Kate Pogue. She graduated from Lemon Cove Grammar School and Exeter High School. In 1931 she graduated Oregon State College in 1931.

She met Elton Runciman during high school days in Exeter and they married in her parent's home after their graduation from Oregon State. Marion and Eldon were involved in citrus farming, Earli-Best Packinghouse with her father and Runciman & Runciman Cold Storage in Exeter with Eldon's father. The home they built in Lemon Cove is the home Marion resided in her entire life. She and Eldon had two children, Jere Eldon and Martha Louise. Both her husband, Eldon and her son, Jere have preceded her in death.

She married Norman Polly on June 14, 1966. He brought two sons to the union, James and Richard Polly. Marion and Norman continued in the citrus industry. She was a life long member of Sunkist, following in the steps of her father and grandfather's pioneering spirit. She was an astute businesswoman and president of her family corporation.

As a child her summers were spent in Mineral King and she passed on her love of nature and her desire to nurture the environment to her children and grandchildren. Her garden gave her a daily appreciation of creation and beauty.

Marion's uncompromising faith and gentle leadership made her a mainstay in the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church. Her parents and other family members chartered the church in 1907.

Marion and Norman were dedicated to the preservation of the Lemon Cove Women's Club House and its history. She was a past president of the club. The Women's Club House was built in 1879 by Marion's grandparents J.W.C. Pogue and Melvina Blair Pogue as their family home. It also served as the Pogue Hotel in earlier years.

Marion was a third generation member of the Homer family to be born in the area. Her mother and her grandmother were both born within a few miles of Lemon Cove. Marion's father was born in Stringtown, now known as Woodlake.

After Norman's retirement in 1978 Marion and Norman set off on numerous travel excursions. Looking back on all her travels she treasured Hawaii as her favorite location, returning often to her Island Paradise.

For those who knew Marion, she was a special lady for she saw the good in everyone and everything. She touched many lives with her positive attitude. She loved her family unconditionally and was always there when they needed her. She was an example of both steadfast strength and gentle compassion. She has left her imprint on her family, her community and the history of Lemon Cove.

She is survived by her loving husband, Norman Polly; her daughter, Martha and husband Jim Mosley of Visalia; daughter-in-law, Vivian Runciman of Exeter; Norman's sons, Jim Polly and wife Carolyn of Arcata, Calif., Richard Polly and wife Mary of Tucson, Ariz.; her sister, Doris Laubhan of Fresno; her niece, Susan Murphey; her nephew, Don Dunham; nine grandchildren, Jere Runciman Jr. of Fresno, Jon Runciman of Exeter, Jeff Simkins of Florida, Scott Simkins of New York, John Warren of Visalia, Samuel Polly of Arcata, Mary Polly Hillier of Hawaii, Jonathan and Stacy Polly of Tucson; and nine great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made in her name to the Lemon Cove Women's Club, P.O. Box 44307, Lemon Cove, CA 93244 or Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 44337, Lemon Cove, CA 93244. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans-Miller Exeter Chapel.

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