Palmira Legar

POMEROY — Palmira (Polly) Legar, 88, of Pomeroy, departed this life for Heaven, surrounded by her children, on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Darst Adult Group Home.

She was born May 18, 1926, in Barre, Vt., to Serafin and Emilia Lavin, who immigrated to the United States from Santander, Spain. Polly graduated from Spaudling High School in Barre in 1944 and then worked for Allen Lumber Co.

Polly met Meigs County native Charles W. Legar Sr. while he was attending Barre School of Memorial Art. They married on July 4, 1947. The couple returned to Ohio and eventually purchased the former Norris Monument Works, which became Legar Monument Co. Polly jokingly referred to herself as the "First Lady of Pomeroy" because Charles served as village mayor from 1958-1971. She worked at the family-owned Epple Grocery Store while being a homemaker and raising three children. Polly served on the Pomeroy Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Axillary in support of her husband, who was fire chief from 1973-87.

Upon Charles' passing in 1991, Polly and their son, Chuck, continued his legacy in commemorative arts. The family business remains in operation in Pomeroy today. Polly served customers until approximately two years ago when failing health beset her.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Polly was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Lupe and Cliff Foster; her brothers and sisters-in-law Serafin and Dorothy Lavin and Emilio and Ann Lavin; her brothers Peter Lavin and Prudencio Lavin (who was killed on D-Day in France); her sisters-in-law Kathryn Spencer, Evelyn Gilmore, Martha Anderson, Louise Morris, Leota Norris, Frances Hudson and Freda Cole; brother-in-law Gene Mitch; mother-in-law and father-in-law Wilma and John Terrell; and nephews John and Kelley Spencer.

Polly is survived by her children Emilia (Cecil) Midkiff, Charles W. (Amy) Legar Jr. and Maria (Scott) Lowe. She was known as Lala (Spanish for grandmother) to her grandchildren Courtney Midkiff, Charles Legar III, Heidi Legar Albertson, C. Carson Midkiff, Brenton Wayland, Colin Wayland, Kirk Legar and Ethan Green; and her great-grandchildren Kate Legar, Cole Legar, Ava Albertson, Caden Albertson, Porter Midkiff and three more expected later this year. Sisters-in-law Martha (Joe) Struble and Lila Mitch also survive, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Ewing Funeral Home in Pomeroy. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, with interment at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Pomeroy Fireman's Association, P.O. Box 247, Pomeroy, OH 45769; or to Darst Adult Group Home Residents' Fund, 33164 Children's Home Road, Pomeroy, OH 45769. The family extends sincerest appreciation to the staff of Darst Adult Group Home for their care and concern for Polly during her stay.

People can sign the online guestbook at

Funeral Home

Ewing Funeral Home
106 Mulberry Avenue Pomeroy, OH 45769
(740) 992-2121

Published in Gallipolis Daily Tribune from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2014