Christian candle cross obitVerna Pauline “Polly” Martin, 86, of Rutland passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at the Abbyshire Place in Gallipolis.
Polly was born Dec. 14, 1929, at Pomeroy, Ohio, daughter of Walter and Ruth Linscott Hendricks. On March 5, 1946 she married Samuel Aumiller Gibbs and he passed away on March 4, 1981. She married Edward Martin on Nov. 24, 1989 and he passed away on Feb. 22, 1994. Also preceding her in death were her sons, Samuel A. Gibbs Jr. on Oct. 2, 2008, and Kevin Lee Gibbs on Aug. 28, 2011.

Polly was a homemaker. She operated a general store/gas station for several years in Rutland and she worked as a caregiver, assisting many elderly people in their homes through the years until her health began to fail. She also served on the Village Council for a number of years. She was a longtime member of the Rutland United Methodist church and was ever willing to help anyone in need. She enjoyed playing the harmonica, playing Bingo, gardening, and cooking and baking. She especially loved baking bread and sharing it with her neighbors. She was an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Her family was the joy of her life.

Survivors include her daughter, Connie Sue Bales and her husband, Ralph Bales of Rutland; her beloved granddaughter, Rachel Bales, of Syracuse; two grandsons, Richard “Ricky” Gibbs of Middleport and Samuel A. Gibbs III of Arizona; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy with Pastor Larry Lemley officiating. Burial will follow at Miles Cemetery, Rutland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, from 6-8 p.m.

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