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Susan M. Polley

July 7, 1942 — May 14, 2023



          Susan M. Polley, 80, a resident of the Davenport Lutheran Home in Davenport, Iowa and formerly of Worthington, Minnesota died on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at the Lutheran Home.

          Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport.  Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Saturday at the church.  She will be laid to rest at Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Davenport Lutheran Home or St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington where she was a member.

          Susan was born in Glasgow, Montana on July 7, 1942, the daughter of Rev. Elmer and Anna (Mathison) Holte. She was baptized on July 26, 1942 in Opheim, Montana where her father was a pastor. The family moved to Winger, Minnesota and then to McIntosh, Minnesota where she attended school. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on June 16, 1957 in McIntosh. She also attended boarding school at Oak Grove High School in Fargo, North Dakota before returning to graduate from high school in McIntosh. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and later transferred to Moorhead State University where she graduated in 1964 with a degree in elementary education. On December 28, 1963, she was united in marriage to Gerald D. Polley in McIntosh.

          After graduating from college, she and Gerald made their first home on Prairie Lake outside of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota where they were both teachers.  Their son William was born while they lived at the lake home. Susan left the classroom to become a stay-at-home mother. Shortly before their second son, Bruce, was born, they moved into town where they lived for many years. They moved to Worthington in 2002.

          Susan's Christian faith was the most important aspect of her life. Her love for Jesus was always first and foremost, and she passed this faith on to her children. She had many friends at church and in Bible studies both in Pelican Rapids and in Worthington. Music also provided her with much joy and comfort, whether she was singing along to Christian music on the radio while working around the house or playing the piano for the family.

          Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Gerald; her sons, William (Naomi) Polley of Davenport and Bruce (Megan) Polley of Maize, Kansas; and her grandchildren, Zachary, Elizabeth, Brue and Blakelyn.

          She was preceded in death by her parents.

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