Marian Pollard, a longtime and faithful member of our church family, passed away peacefully at about midnight on Dec. 30. Our deacon, Sallie Simpson, was with her that afternoon, and Marian’s sons Joe and Bill spent much of the evening with her before she passed away.
Services are 2:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 7 at St. Mark’s. A reception will be held before the service, from 1 to 2:15 pm in our Community Life Center. Burial after the funeral will be at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave.
Marian was born August 19, 1929, in Vance County, N.C., in a family of tobacco farmers. She lived a “hard farm life,” says her son, Joe. She attended Meredith and Campbell colleges and taught school for 30 years, mostly English classes at Millbrook High School.
“She was a very beloved teacher,” Joe says. “She loved gardening and flowers, the outdoors, and pets.
“She was a strong member of St. Mark’s. She and Dad loved that church very much.”
Many members of St. Mark’s recall Marian’s late husband, Joe, and his trumpet playing with the St. Mark’s Jazz Band and at special church services.
Marian is survived by her sons Bill – also a longtime member of St. Mark’s – and Joe, and by granddaughter Caroline (Nicholas) Morris and grandsons Kevin and Lock.