In memory of
Polly Chase formerly of Pepperell & Groton, MA; 81 MERRITT ISLAND, FL -- Polly Chase, 81, died September 29, 2016. She was born on July 7, 1935 in Groton, MA to Marion F. McGrath and William J. Chase. She graduated from Pepperell HS as president of her class, Bridgewater State University (BS), Wesleyan University (MALS), and later received an honorary doctorate. Dr. Chase was an educator for 38 years in Wallingford, CT, Groton, MA, mostly at Chelmsford HS, and was an adjunct professor at Fisher Junior College. She taught English, creative writing, American Studies, psychology, and later became a guidance counselor. Polly conceptualized and co-authored curriculums for grades 7-12 produced by major publishers. Her fellowships included Boston University, Dartmouth College, and being a Fulbright scholar to India. As a writer, poet, and editor of medical textbooks, Polly's works have been published in various literary magazines and numerous anthologies of poetry. Dr. Chase earned many honors and awards being recognized in several directories including Who's Who. She was a member of many national and international councils, societies, academies, museums, and was chosen for the dedication of Poet's Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NY 1985). As an accomplished artist, Polly painted using various mediums and created sculptures out of marble and wood. She loved culture enjoying local plays, concerts, museums, and art festivals. After moving to Florida in 2001, she belonged to Red Hats, Newcomers, poetry groups, the Mermaids, and the Women's Group. Polly loved cats, reading, gardening, birding, and travel. As an athlete, she was an avid swimmer, tennis player, and downhill skiier who really enjoyed the White Mountains, NH. Polly was most proud of her two daughters, Jacqueline P. Cleary & Margaret C. Crowder (Jeff), and her three beloved grandchildren, Alec C. Beach, Briana P. Crowder, and Kieron C. Crowder. She leaves her companion of 43 years, Marilyn G. Light (Mel). CHASE -- A memorial reception TBA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Women's History Museum (NWHM), 205 West Whiting Street, Suite 254, Alexandria, VA 22304 or Merritt Island Wildlife Association (MIWA), PO Box 2683, Titusville, FL 32781. Indicate in memory of Polly Chase.
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