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Ringdahl, Polly Ann (Peterson)
Polly Ringdahl, 77, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on July 30, following a six year battle with cancer. The daughter of Dr. Chester and Nellie Peterson, Polly is survived by her husband Bob, daughter Kristin, daughter-in-law Amy, and grandchildren Cole, TyraSoleil and Cayman. She was predeceased by her son, Eric. Polly had an unerring sense for bringing friends and strangers together to make everyone feel welcome. With a warm disposition and keen sense of humor, she succeeded in bringing order to chaos, while making the world a kinder place in the process. She was an avid reader, gracious hostess and took great pleasure in helping others. But it was her family she cherished the most: her husband of 52 years, her two children and three grandchildren. Polly was a graduate of the Mary A. Burnham School for Girls (Northampton, MA) and Tufts University. Throughout her life, she was passionate about improving the lives of children. From her first job as a teacher at the Hunnewell School (Wellesley, MA), through her volunteer work and later as President of Creative Women of Pinnacle Peak, a charitable organization who supports charities who work with children in need, she dedicated her time to helping children learn and thrive. This is best exemplified in the role she loved most of all: that of grandmother. She adored planning trips to create special family memories. Following a successful real estate career in Saint Paul, MN, Polly moved to Scottsdale in 1994 where she was active in her community and church. Throughout her entire life, she spent summers on Cape Cod, where she felt most at home amidst the convergence of dunes, ocean, friends and family. Services will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 22405 N. Miller Rd, Scottsdale, on August 9 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
a memorial gift be made to the Mayo Clinic Melanoma Research Fund. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7, 2016
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