Polly Briscoe Werlin
1928 - 2019
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Our family lost our bedrock foundation, and a much wider circle said warm goodbyes to one special woman, Polly B. Werlin on Aug. 17, 2019. For 91 years, she brightened days, picked people up and dusted them off, advised the best way forward, and always had a candle in the window for family and strangers alike.
Born in Bangor, Maine, to J. Price Briscoe and Frances Ann Webster Briscoe, she lived most of her life in Colorado. Her early years were split between the Briscoe Ranch northwest of Fairplay in the summer and a house in Fairplay in the winter. The family moved to Idaho Springs in 1939, and she and her sister Jane graduated from Idaho Springs High School.
Polly worked for Clear Creek County Human Services for 23 years providing heartfelt service for the less advantaged citizens of the county. She was an irresistible force on the Clear Creek County school board for 12 years, helping to steer the school system through some turbulent times.
Georgetown reflects her love of her hometown. Her work on the Parks Committee oversaw the outfitting of Strousse Park with booths and the firepit as well as the planting of the famous Christmas Tree. She spent years as a member of the Library Board and the Historical Society helping the latter with many of the auctions and other events.
One of her great joys was helping with the horses for the John Denver Christmas movie. She was also a longtime member of PEO, a group she was so proud of for its work in promoting education.
Georgetown's gardens and flowers lost a real friend, but nothing like her beloved horses. In true pioneer spirit, her assorted four-legged friends had premiere status. Many times, when she posed the question, "Should we clean house or go play with the horses?" … without fail, the vacuum cleaner stayed in the closet. There were annual sightings of that intrepid group of mountain horsewomen, the Saddlebags, who for 25 years horse-packed into the high country for rest and relaxation.
She leaves four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren to carry on her legacy, humor and wonderful take on life.
"The train whistle calls, echoing through town,
"Polly it's time, no more trails to ride down.
"You've left a great family and memories recall,
"Travel well sweet lady, you bettered us all!"
Please join us for a celebration of life at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church and at the Heritage Center on Oct. 19, 2019, starting at 11 a.m.

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Published in Clear Creek Courant from Oct. 2 to Oct. 23, 2019.
Celebration of Life
11:00 AM
Georgetown Presbyterian Church
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15 entries
October 21, 2019
I always knew when I saw Polly on my appt.book that I would have a good day. We laughed a lot and I truly loved her. So very sorry for your loss family members. What a great lady.
Lynda Kucin
October 20, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Pollys' passing. I had the pleasure of knowing her through our employment. she was such a helpful, supportive, and loving person.
I enjoyed hearing her express her joy and pride in her family.My thoughts and prayers are with the Werlin family as you go through this time of loss.
October 20, 2019
It is always so difficult to loose someone who was such the center of a family. Keeping all of the Werlin family in my thoughts and prayers as you move through these tough days. May all of the wonderful memories and love replace your grief in the days ahead.
Teresa Elder
October 19, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Werlin family, Polly defined the word LADY. Gracious to no end, and fierce when necessary. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Christine Schleicher
October 19, 2019
So sorry to hear about Polly , what a tough and wonderful lady.
Keith Murray
October 19, 2019
Such a beautiful celebration of Polly. So much love. What a legacy. Love to all the Werlins.
xoxo Delinda and Chris Passas
Delinda Passas
October 19, 2019
My deepest condolences on the passing of Polly. She let me ride Prince for several years back in the 70's and 80's. Both she and Otto were special people. R.I.P.
Doug MacConnell
October 19, 2019
Our sympathies to the Werlin family. We hope that you find comfort in your fond memories of Polly.
October 19, 2019
Very sorry to hear of Polly's passing. A wonderful lady
david b gilbert
October 19, 2019
Sincere sympathy to Polly's family as they remember a remarkable woman. May you find comfort in all the happy memories of your time together and the expressions of support from friends.
Marion & Clyde Anderson
October 19, 2019
My deepest condolences to the entire Werlen family. She was always sweet and kind to me. Always a smile for everyone she met. I always enjoyed chatting with her when she was out for her daily walks. Soar on Angels wings Polly, you will be remembered. Jenifer
Jenifer Burbank
October 19, 2019
I grew up around Polly Werlin. What a gift it was to see her with her horses. The gift of craft works after school, I learned how to be creative and have never forgot how much she helped me in my grade school years. In so many ways. I am blessed to have you in my childhood. Thank you!!!
Koleenjorgensen8@gmail.com Jorgensen
October 12, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one . May 1 Thessalonians 4:14 bring you some comfort in knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death. They are very precious in Gods eyes. May the God of all comfort strengthen your family during this time of deep sorrow.
October 6, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Werlin family for your loss. Polly was such an amazing soul, and I have so many good memories of Polly and the Werlin family.
May your love and wonderful memories bring you all peace at this sad time.
Fran Haskins
October 3, 2019
I will always remember the Christmas I spent in Georgetown with my husband Mike Clark and helping Polly get things ready for the holidays. She was such a warm person and so easy to get to know. I loved hearing her stories about her life and time in Georgetown. We are sorry for the family's loss and Georgetown's loss too.
Cindy Chauncey
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