Mary Pauline ‘Polly’ Oelker Woodruff


Mary Pauline “Polly” Oelker Woodruff, 91, of Cable, passed quietly on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Green Hills Retirement Community, West Liberty.

Polly was born Nov. 25, 1923, to the late Ernest and Eva Hambleton Oelker and lived all her life in Salem Township. She was a 1941 graduate of Salem High School.

On Oct. 12, 1941, she married her childhood sweetheart Philip Woodruff, who preceded her in death in 1999. She also was preceded in death by her brothers and in-laws, Lawrence and Louise Oelker, Harold and Hazel Oelker, Frank and Mildred Oelker, Roland and Betty Woodruff, Bob and Betty Dorsey and Merlin Woodruff. Her sister, Beatrice Heskett and sister-in-law Mary Jane Woodruff survive, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Her daughters, Janine Jones of Olatha, Kan,, and LynNette (Ron) Heath of West Liberty will miss her every day, as will her grandchildren, Leslie (J.J.) Love of San Antonio, Texas, Sarah (Jarrod) Furhman of Roanoke, Va., Rebecca Jones of Olatha, Kan., Gail (Fred) Stokes of Cable and Andy (Mandy) Heath of Woodstock; and great-grandchildren, Nate and Jake Love, Kaid and Jayla Furhman, Andrea Stokes, and Ava Pauline and Max Heath. She may be physically gone from us, but her impact on our lives will never fade.

Phil and Polly farmed together all their lives. Their most fun was sharing their Red Gate Park Four Horse Belgian Hitch in parades throughout the state. Polly would be seen walking beside the lead team with Phil driving.

Polly spent her life serving others. Whether working with her sisters-in-law, Betty and Mary Woodruff, at the Village Kitchen catering, working with the PTO and Band Mothers, teaching the teen Sunday School class at Kingscreek Methodist Church, sharing her sweet rolls or other baked goods with neighbors and friends, or sitting at the bedside of an ill or dying loved one, Polly was not happy unless she had something to do, preferably at the barn. She always had time to listen and support anyone who needed anything.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a generous contribution be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at or at 31 W. Whipp Road, Dayton, to help fight this devastating disease that stole the last years of Polly’s life.

Visitation is one hour prior to a funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana. Burial follows in Kingscreek Cemetery.

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