Marilyn “Joanne” Poland, age 85, died February 5, 2020, at home in Hermiston, Oregon.
Joanne, (‘Grandma Jo' to her grandchildren), was born October 13, 1934 in Emmett, Idaho to Homer and Martha “Goldie” (Spears) Garrett. The family moved frequently during Joanne's childhood, living in Idaho, California, Washington, and Oregon. She graduated from Pilot Rock (Oregon) High School in 1953. From 1954 to 1957, she worked as a telephone operator for what was then Bell Telephone in Pendleton, Oregon. She married her husband, Jesse Poland, June 1, 1957 at Calvary Baptist Church in Pendleton. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2017.
Joanne was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family and pets. She spent most of her married life in Pendleton, moving to Hermiston in 2014.
She is survived by her sons, Michael (Pamela) of Pendleton and Eric of Hermiston; and daughter Leah Stollar-Hooker (Mark) of Stanfield, Oregon; granddaughters, Jasmine Stollar of Hermiston; Jade Hooker of Stanfield; Alexandria Poland of Pendleton; Jacinda Hooker of Stanfield; step-granddaughter, Andrea Elbert of La Grande, Oregon; and great-grandson Sylas Swanger of Hermiston. She is also survived by her brother, Kenneth Garrett (Georgia) of Pendleton; two nephews, Alan and Brian Garrett, and their families; along with several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse in March 2018.
A private ceremony will be held at a later date. Burns Mortuary, Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a favorite charity or to the National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jergen Place, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230.
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