Gertrude 'Sally' Karrin Polley


Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

Longtime Juneau resident Gertrude "Sally" Karrin Polley, 94, died Nov. 16, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneers Home.

She was born Nov. 22, 1908, in Waukegan, Ill., to Emmi and Edward Waltonnen. The family moved to Ketchikan in 1913, then to Juneau in 1914. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1927 and attended Oregon State College for one year. She then worked for the Alaska Road Commission and the Land Office until her marriage to Clayton "Doc" Polley in 1933. They raised two sons, Ernest and Roger. In 1972, Sally and Doc moved to their summer home on Lena Point where they spent their days gardening and entertaining friends.

Her public service began in Skagway with the Women's Club and the Presbyterian Church Auxiliary. After the family moved to Juneau, she became involved in the American Red Cross and other home service activities. She was a volunteer at the Juneau Health Center for eight years. She was also a Cub Scout den mother, member of Pioneers Auxiliary and active in the Republican Party.

She is survived by grandsons, Mikko (Caro) Polley and Nicholas Polley, both of Juneau; daughters-in-law, Patty Ann Polley of Sparta, N.C., and Karen Polley of Ketchikan; granddaughter-in-law, Kerry Regan of Laguna Beach, Calif.; and great-grandchildren, Myles, Liam, Madison, Kelsey and Colter.

A reception honoring her life will be held at the Hangar Ballroom on her 95th birthday from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.

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