Polly Sue Garriss Ford, 88, of Saint Charles, passed away on January 27, 2021.
Polly was born to parents Arnet Earl and Annie Jo Garriss on October 12, 1932 in Winnfield, Louisiana. She was raised in Winnfield and graduated from Winnfield High School. She attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana but left to marry her high school sweetheart, Vernon Ford. Vernon was in the Air Force and the family was raised at various Air Force bases. In 1973, Vernon retired, and they settled in Alexandria, Louisiana. Polly moved to St. Charles, Missouri in 2000 to be near her son’s family. Polly is survived by her three children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her eldest, Ann Pauleuc of Fort Smith, Arkansas along with her children, Michael Rhodes, his wife, Misty, their son Zane, also of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Heidi Habecker along with her fiancé David Merritt of Saint Charles, and Alexander Pauleuc of Tampa, Florida. Her middle, Peggy Bassford and her husband Bob Bassford along with their daughter Courtney, all of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. And her youngest, Jim Ford, his wife Kim, their sons, Richard and Jackson, all of Saint Charles. She was preceded in death by her sister, Billie Ann Herd, the father of her children, Vernon Ford, her son-in-law, Alexander “Buddy” Pauleuc and her parents.
Polly loved and enjoyed her family above all. She was never uncomfortable around people and would strike up a conversation with anyone. She was an avid and talented golfer until her health made it difficult to play, having won the ladies’ championship at one of the Air Force bases where the family was stationed. Her hobbies and enjoyments included fishing, playing NES video games, working crosswords, building puzzles and cooking, where she excelled in traditional southern food. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and her last two grandchildren were fortunate to have her live with them for 17 years before her health deteriorated.
She lived a long life, much longer than she ever thought. All those she leaves behind are thankful and blessed by the time they had with her. She was a devout Christian and will look forward to being with her loved ones again.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. A family only service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Charles, MO. She will be laid to rest in April with her parents in Winnfield, LA.