Ida Gagnon Polley


June 12, 1925 - June 15, 2010

Ida Catharina Gagnon Polley, 85, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland from complications of diabetes.

She was born in Schoten, Holland, on June 12, 1925, to Conrad Frederik and Catharina Odilia Fontijn. In 1927, she came to America with her mother and two brothers (her father came the previous year).

She grew up in the Oregon City area and attend the McLoughlin Institute Catholic School, first through 10th grade and graduated from Oregon City High School in 1943. She was employed at Western Union in Portland until her marriage to local area farmer Don Gagnon in 1945, and resided in Waitsburg. They had four children and she was a homemaker. They were divorced in 1969. She later married Gene Polley and lived in Gladstone, Ore. Ida moved back to the Waitsburg area in 1987.

She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, St. Mark Altar Society, Alto Club and 55-plus Club, where she had been a volunteer for many years. She "lived" to crochet! All her family members have an afghan made by her. She also made "lap robes" for the VA Medical Center. Card playing with her friends was an avid pastime. Dominoes and puzzles were also favorites.

She is survived by her children, Kathy and husband Gary Greenwell of Roseburg, Ore., and Marge Benson, Joe and wife JoAnn Gagnon, Louis and wife Marie Gagnon, all of Waitsburg; a brother, Cornelius Fontyn and wife Marie of Ridgefield, Wash.; three sisters, Barb Bakkum and Lee Howell, both of Milwaukie, Ore., and Ellie McWilliams of Battle Ground, Wash.; nine grandchildren, Annette Erickson Becker, Lyle and Kevin Erickson, Del Benson, Michelle Benson Brooks, Justin Gagnon, Corrie Gagnon Berneking, Jarod and Mitchell Gagnon; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, John.

Rosary was recited on Friday, June 18, and Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at St. Marks Catholic Church in Waitsburg with Father Robert Turner officiating.

Remembrances can be made to St. Mark Catholic Church or charity of your choice.


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