Priscilla "Polly" Ward
1928 - 2014
Born, one of triplets in Des Moines, Iowa, Polly and her sisters left after high school for New York City, where they worked as dancers in Broadway shows such as Lute Song, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, The King and I, Top Banana, and New Faces of 1952.
After making one movie in Los Angeles, Polly married, raised a daughter, and became a writer/editor proofing technical documents at Jet Propulsion Laboratory! She designed and established a technical library serving a world-wide network of NASA Tracking Stations.
Upon completion of a BS in Accounting from USC, she was hired at ARCO (now BP) where after completing an MBA at USC; she became a Senior Financial Analyst.
She designed, piloted, implemented and managed the Studio City's Farmers Market; assisted Osaka Sangyo, a Japanese University, to establish a satellite school in Los Angeles: was a President of the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations, was Vice President and President of the Studio City Residents Association, supported over 15 area Arts Boards, and served on the Studio City Neighborhood Council, Executive Board of Valley Vote, and as a representative to the Citywide Alliance and the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. She was also a licensed Practitioner at the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science.
Polly passed peacefully in her sleep April 2, 2014 in Eagle, Idaho at her home in Paramount Parks Assisted Living Facility. Polly was provided with a beautiful and happy environment in an amazingly loving and skilled facility.
She is survived by her sister Prudence Opperman of New York City, her Eagle and Boise family; daughter Stevie Beehler and son-in-law Doug Beehler, granddaughter Candace Freeman, and two great grandsons Talon and Hunter Freeman.
In Lieu of flowers the family would encourage donations made out to LCIF, (Lions Clubs International Foundation). Please mail to Lions at P.O. Box 266 Meridian, Idaho 83680
Donations will be put toward a community service "Melvin Jones Award" to honor Polly for her many years of service.
Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
Published in Idaho Statesman on May 2, 2014