Marjorie Pauline “Polly” Kail Thompson, 94Marjorie Pauline “Polly” Kail Thompson, 94, of the Little Kyger Community in Cheshire, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the Holzer Inpatient Hospice Room following a brief illness.
Polly was born October 4, 1920 in her parents’ home in Cheshire, Ohio, in Gallia County, Ohio. She was the youngest of three daughters to the late James H. and Mabel E. (Leonard) Kail.
She was married to George Frederick (Fred) Thompson on November 18, 1939 by Reverend George Sagen at the Baptist parsonage in Gallipolis, Ohio. They celebrated their 63rd anniversary in November 2001, and Fred preceded her in death on May 14, 2002. They were blessed with four children, and she is survived by daughters, Nan E. Heiskell and April E. (Charles) Duncan, and a son, George H. (Janette) Thompson. Their precious daughter, Pollyanna, passed away on August 12, 1979.
During her youth, she participated in 4-H, played softball, sang, and strummed on her guitar. She attended the one room Jericho school where she was taught by her sister, Glenna, in some of the grades. She excelled in school and graduated Valedictorian of Cheshire High School in 1938 and continued to have contact with her four living classmates throughout her life.
Other survivors are seven grandchildren, John F (Brenda) Heiskell, Margory (Eric) Rainey, Paul (Roberta) Duncan, Edie (Michael) Bostic, Troy (Suzanna), Jessica Thompson, and Samuel Thompson; twelve great-grandchildren, Jasmyne (Steven), Paulyn, Tyler (Tiffany), Tayler (Evan), Tori, Tayler, Ellie, Katie, Chad, Coen, Braiden, Gage, and Serenity; great-great grandson, Jackson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Patricia (Roy) Holter, many nieces and nephews, and a kind neighbor, John Ranegar.
Polly chose to be a homemaker and used her energy and talents to enhance family and community. She was a lifelong member of the Little Kyger Congregational Christian Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, pianist, assistant superintendent, deaconess, and any other role as needed. One of her favorite groups was the Little Kyger Ladies’ Aide where she was a charter member and served as President many times. With failing vision and hearing, her church attendance was limited so her last mission was to supply the church with “Our Daily Bread” booklets and mail them to others who could not attend. She loved the Lord and wanted to see the “good news” spread. She was a lifelong member of the Little Kyger Grange 2074, a Juvenile Grange Matron, and a charter member of the Little Kyger Farm Bureau Council, and 50+ year member of the Gallia County Farm Bureau. Polly valued education was always a willing worker in her children’s activities (PTA and band). She was involved in 4-H as a member, parent, and advisor.
In addition to her parents, husband, and daughter she was preceded in by her son-in-law, John Heiskell, Jr on May 11, 1993, her sisters and their husbands, Glenna (Alva), Georgia (T.F.) Burleson; father and mother-in-law, George and Ruth (Frederick) Thompson; sister in law and brother-in-law, Mary (Huber) Fulton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe (Ida Mae) Thompson, Bob (Alice) Thompson, and Emmett (Pauline) Thompson.
Polly loved life and was competitive, creative and versatile. She enjoyed gardening, planting fruit trees, bird watching, square dancing, playing her guitar and piano, reading (Western) books, writing poetry, drawing, sending cards and letters, sewing, quilting (known for her blue jean quilts), traveling, and welcoming her family, neighbors, and friends to her home. Her love for her family was never forgotten with a Happy Birthday card and a prayer for all.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Little Kyger Congregational Christian Church with Pastor Paul T. Imboden officiating and burial will follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at Waugh Halley Wood Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 and from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the church prior to services on July 31, 2015.
Pallbearers will be John F. Heiskell, Troy Duncan, Samuel Thompson, Kail Burleson, Dwight Thompson, and Mike Reese. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Duncan, Jim Burleson, and John Ranegar.
In leiu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution to the Little Kyger Congregational Christian Church; c/o Kelly Hesson, Treasurer, 45 Porterbrook Lane, Gallipolis, OH 45631. An on-line guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com.
“O God, thou hast taught me
from my youth; and hitherto have
I declared thy wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and
grey headed, O God forsake me not;
until I have shewed thy
strength unto this generation, and
thy power to everyone that is to come.”
– Psalm 71:17, 18.