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   Mary “Marie” Polston, age 95, of Sheldon, Missouri, passed unexpectedly, Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Oakview Estates in Frontenac, Kansas.

    Marie was born April 12, 1920 at Cherokee, Kansas to John and Maggie (Castagno) Simon.  After graduating high school at Cherokee, Kansas, she attended Mt. Carmel Hospital Nursing School, in Pittsburg, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1941, and worked at Mt. Carmel Hospital for many years.

    On January 13, 1945, she married John Francis Polston and he preceded her in death on February 4, 1986.  In 1968 she received her Missouri license and worked at the Missouri State Hospital for 20 years. She and her husband John owned and operated Polston Market in Sheldon for many years. After selling the market in 1966 they moved to a farm Northwest of Sheldon and lived there until 2013, when she moved to Frontenac.  She was an avid Kansas City Royals fan and a NASCAR fan and was always proud of her granddaughter Ashley for becoming an attorney.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nevada, Missouri and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church part of the time in Lamar.  She was also a member of the Jolly Senior Citizens of Sheldon, VFW Auxiliary, and Retired Nurses Group.

    Marie is survived by one son Mike Polston and his wife, Barb of Lamar; one daughter, Maggie Polston of San Jose, California; one granddaughter, Ashley Polston; and one brother Floyd Simon and his wife Lucille of Frontenac; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

    Rosary will be 5:00 pm Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Daniel Funeral Home followed by visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 pm Monday, June 15, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at Sheldon Cemetery.

    Contributions are suggested to Lamar St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Humane Society of Barton County, or Wounded Warrior Project in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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#6 Sheldon, MoKathy Claflin-Ashworth 2015-06-15 18:56
I didn't know Marie had passed until now. Oh, the sweet memories I have of growing up with John and Marie. The hours spent at the grocery store, Marie teaching me how to tie my shoes, Pepper the Boxer dog,going to Frontenac on Sundays to her parents and eating fried chicken and all the time spent with them on the farm. So many precious memories of two people I dearly loved. Until just a few years ago, she still sent me birthday cards each year. God Bless your family as you mourn her passing. We're all better people by being touched by Marie.
#5 Nevada, MissouriSandy Overton 2015-06-15 07:37
Marie was so kind to my mother, Mickie Gonterman. They often went out to dinner after church on Saturday nights. Mom had few friends shortly before her death, and Marie was just that. She lived a long and memorable life. May those memories bring you comfort.
#4 Nevada, MOGwen Schoolcraft 2015-06-15 07:37
I am surprised and very sad to learn of your mom's passing. I thought she might be in California. I knew Marie from St. Mary's Church in Nevada and my husband, Dr. Frank Schoolcraft, knew her from Nevada State Hospital where they both worked. She was a very good nurse and much loved. My mother, Alice Roeder, who died, in August of 2013, always looked forward to seeing her at Mass. We are so sorry for your great loss and pray you will have peace.
#3 Nevada, MoBarbara Dahmer Defreese 2015-06-15 07:22
Margaret, John Michael and family,

It seems we are fast becoming the older generation with Sheldon ties. I was indeed sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She was always so full of energy, had on a white apron and could out walk even Lela Hornecker. Those two could stock shelves faster than anyone in town.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.
#2 Moundville, MOShirley Hood 2015-06-14 13:53
I met Marie through work as a registered nurse at the state hospital. After I retired, I was invited to meet with state hospital retired nurses for breakfast once a month which was enjoyed by all of and we became good friends. Marie was a good person, very caring of others, and so enjoyable to be around. She will be greatly missed. I am also speaking for two other remaining nurses of the group, Betty Dehon and June Fecht.
#1 Barb Thrasher 2015-06-12 08:44
John Michael and all your family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. There are so many fond memories of going to the grocery store in Sheldon, MO (where Jones Boots is now located.) Getting a bottle of pop(chocolate!)from the machine or an orange push pop. One of the kids (not confessing or naming names - probably Charlie or Kathy) stood in a bushel basket of peaches that was displayed in front of the counter, so mom bought those peaches and the hay crew had fresh peach cobbler that day. Pretty sure there was a candy jar they were trying to reach. (And many times, Marie would make sure a kid had a piece of candy.) Mom still remembers your mom making a special delivery to the house with the milk she left sitting on the counter. I can still see that counter and remember how the store was laid out with the butcher area in the back and the rows of shelves running north and south. And your mom was always at the counter. Sweet memories! She was my birthday twin and I'm so sorry I didn't get a birthday card sent to her this year. Prayers of comfort and peace for all of you. Barb (Lathrop) Thrasher

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