ELIZABETH (BETTY) POLK

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ELIZABETH (BETTY) POLK Elizabeth (Betty) (Thompson) Polk was born on June 21st 1926 in Tulsa Oklahoma and died on December 15th, 2016. After graduation she moved to Hanford in 1943 as part of the Manhatten Project where she met her husband Eugene. They married May 4th 1946 and together had 4 children, Ron Polk (Terry) of Lostine Oregon, Gary Polk of Wallowa Oregon, Sharon Paine (David) of Spokane and Karen Brockman (Robert) of West Richland. Moms dream when she came to Richland was eventually to move to Alaska where she aspired to be a Bush Pilot, and although she was not able to accomplish this she stated her best accomplishment was being a mother and grandmother. She volunteered for the Red Cross, Geneology Library and Kadlec Auxiliary. She lived life on her terms after the death of her husband Eugene in 2010. She said "A loving family and good friends, a roof over your head, and food on the table is all you really need in this life. If everyone took that approach the world would be a much better place. We raised our kids to stand on their own two feet and help their fellow man whenever possible." She was a very talented artist, avid bridge player and a devout member of Christ the King church. She had many friends and in particular enjoyed her morning coffee with her friends after daily morning mass. Besides her children, mom is survived by her 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren and her much loved dog Peanut who stayed with her throughout her short battle with cancer that eventually took her life surrounded by her children. She loved life, family, and friends. She was a kind soul who never spoke badly of others. She will be greatly missed. Rosary will be held at Einans Event Center on Sunday December 18th with funeral mass at Christ the King at 11AM, Monday December 19th.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Dec. 20, 2016