Pauline "Polly" Harms, 70, of Struble, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars.
Pauline Jean Peterson was born May 25, 1941, in Onawa, the daughter of Chris Peterson and Ruth (Morrison) Peterson. Polly was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church and attended school in Merrill.
As a young woman, Polly had worked as a "nanny" for a number of physicians in Sioux City. Later in life, she worked as a cook at the former Michaelosky's Restaurant in Merrill.
In 1979, Polly accepted the position as head of housekeeping and the kitchen at the Plymouth County Home in Le Mars. She enjoyed this job and remained with the home until the 1990s. Polly assumed ownership of the Corner Café in Brunsville in 2004.
Polly was united in marriage to Marlin G. Harms April 14, 1973, in Elk Point, S.D. To this union, two children were born, Candace M. and Douglas G.
Marlin died May 30, 2003.
Polly enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, and bird watching. She treasured the company of her faithful miniature maltase, Bogey.
Her greatest joy in life was time spent with her children and six grandchildren.
Survivors include her children: Candace Lambert and her husband, Cliff, of Struble, Jim Jackson and his wife, Susana, of Merrill, Robert Jackson and his wife, Barbara, of Le Mars, and Douglas Harms of Missouri; six grandchildren: Brandon Jackson, Chelby Lambert, McKenzie Jackson, Christopher Jackson, Jennifer Jackson, and Erika Jackson; two sisters, Patricia Trometer, of Merrill and Pearl Abraham, of Sloan; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Marlin; a sister, Penelope Hansen; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Trometer and Gary Schofield.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with Chaplain Marie Lykken officiating. Inurnment will be Monday at the Hillside Cemetery in Merrill. Visitation will be after 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.