|Birth: ||May 13, 1943|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 2009|
DAVENPORT - Funeral services celebrating the life of Polly F. Adams, 66, of Davenport, will be 1 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jane Goodall Institute, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22203.
Polly F. Blake was born May 13, 1943, in Toledo, Ohio, a daughter of Francis Hopkins and Marian Louise (Stennett) Blake. She was united in marriage to Stephen Paul Adams on October 6, 1984.
On the day of June 4, 2009, the world lost a beautiful soul. Polly lost the long and difficult battles with both her devastating lung disease and her pulmonary doctors. Although she was on hospice for four months, she beat it and lived 795 days longer then predicted. During that time she dodged "the bullet" three more times only to be fallen by a painful unexpected infection.
Growing up as a kid, she could out run, out hit, out catch, out swim, out fight, out bicycle, and out BB gun shoot any of her peers (male or female). She was the first person picked for a baseball game and the last to throw a snowball in a snowball fight. In 1960 she broke the AAU 100 meter butterfly stroke record while at Moline High, but was disqualified when her foot glanced off the side of the pool, that should have slowed her down!
Polly was a retired orthopedic RN serving 28 years at Genesis Medical Center-West Campus and the former Mercy Hospital. If you were one of the lucky ones to be in her care at the hospital, then you were blessed by St. Polly. That's how she met her husband Steve. They were a couple for eight years before they were married at John O'Donnell Stadium in what was known as "the Wedding of the Century" on October 6, 1984. B.Y.O.C.
Working all those years deserves some type of reward. Polly and Steve had dreams of taking a cruise through the Caribbean Seas. Especially since both were retired and "got the bucks." Things changed when Polly took sick and their dream now consisted of cruising (on their way to a doctors appointment) in their pick-up truck through the alleys of the West end looking at interesting backyards and their big shopping spree was one hour wheelchairing at Menard's. She was thrilled to get out! It never took much to make her smile.
Polly was locally known for fantastic fireworks display every 4th of July in the West end of Davenport. She was equally famous for her "off the wall" and unique Christmas cards. She never met an animal she didn't love and her heart was so big she let everyone in and very few were ever let out.
Her sense of humor and the practical jokes she would play were priceless. She was a straight A student in college and was never afraid to take on a challenge. Halloween was her favorite day of the year and she hated the movie "Planet of the Apes" because she made up the "monkey face" costume years before the movie came out. Some of her favorite things to do were trout fishing, coloring Easter eggs, working in her flower garden, smoking cigarettes, using her skills to fabricate beautiful boxes, reading a good book, and teaching kids how to swim in her pool. She was also known to keep the COLDEST house west of the Mississippi River. Brrrrrr!
"Although you tried for four summers to go outside and swim in your pool, try as hard as you did, you never made it. From April to October you used to do it. Now you are free to swim. Let that big blue sky called heaven be your pool. I'll bet you're teaching the angel's how to do the butterfly stroke. When my time is done on this God's green earth, I will catch up with you poolside with a cigarette and a cold beer."
Love and miss you, Steve.
In addition to her husband, Steve, survivors include stepson, Christopher Adams, Davenport; grandsons, Brett and Shawn Hankermeier; sister, Sally Clark, Michigan; brother, Peter Blake, Davenport; and several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Amber.
Her parents preceded her in death.
Stephen Paul Adams (1948 - 2012)*
Plot: Section GVA, Lot # 55E
Created by: North Shore Gal
Record added: Dec 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101560871