Pauline "Polly" Wetherholt
GALLIPOLIS: Pauline "Polly" Wetherholt, 85, Gallipolis, Ohio, passed away peacefully Monday, December 9, 2013 in Urbana, Ohio.
Polly was the daughter of the late Pauline Warren Beard and Earl Beard. She was born in Vinton, Ohio October 22, 1928. Following the untimely death of her mother, Polly was raised in the home of her paternal grandparents, David and Blanche Beard of Gallia County.
She attended local schools until her teen years and then graduated from Alliance High School, Alliance, Ohio, in 1945. Following graduation, she attended and graduated from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1949. She then attended The Ohio State University
for a period of time. Polly worked in several medical facilities until she was employed as a school nurse for the Gallipolis City School for the last 21 years of her career.
Polly was united in marriage with Manning E. Wetherholt in 1952. He preceded her in death in 1997. They were the parents of three daughters, Christine Coell (Frank) Cugliari, Mary Ellen Wetherholt, and Patricia Ann (Allen) Wilbur. Polly loved her grandchildren, Kathryn Coell (Bryan) Covic, Terina Marie Cugliari, Ann Caroline Cugliari, Alex Christopher (Anna) Wilbur, Polly Suzanne (Patrick) Trenor and Jackson Allen Wilbur; and great-granddaughters, Lily Suzanne Trenor and Lucy Marie Trenor.
Polly passionately served her community and was active in several local organizations including Keep Gallia Beautiful, Triad, Gallipolis Neighborhood Watch, French 500 Free Clinic, Lutheran Food Services, and Grace United Methodist Church food kitchen.
In 2011, Polly was awarded the Hometown Heroes Volunteer of the Year award. Polly was a member of Rio Grande Community College Board for 10 years holding positions as vice chairman and chairman and serving on various committees. In 2008, she was the recipient of the "Outstanding Achievement in Trusteeship" award of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Grace United Methodist Church chapel with Rev. Kevin Horrigan and Rev. Bill Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Visitation for friends and family will be Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. at the McCoy- Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The Polly Wetherholt Memorial Nursing Fund: University of Rio Grande - Institutional Advancement - C/O Paul Harrison, P.O Box 500, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674.