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Spearman, Polly/Olive (née Whitehouse) (Died on March 22, 2019)
appeared in Woodstock Sentinel, 27 Mar 2019, A, p. 8, column 4

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SPEARMAN, Polly/Olive (nee Whitehouse) - Passed away on March 22, 2019 in her 98th year. She was born in Kent, England on December 9th, 1921, and came to Canada in June 1952 with her husband, Peter, and their three daughters, Jill, Jackie, and Kate. The family lived in Toronto, where Polly pursued a career in Social Work with The Visiting Homemakers Association, and later with the Ontario Government, Community & Social Services. In 1977, she completed a degree in Social Work at York University. After retirement, Peter and Polly moved to Grand Valley, Ontario where they renovated a beautiful old schoolhouse and lived there happily for several years, after which, they relocated to Woodstock to be closer to family. Polly developed strong friendships in Woodstock through her involvement with the Woodstock Art Gallery, the Women’s University Club, and the Woodstock Field Naturalists. She and Peter were avid bridge players and belonged to a number of clubs in Woodstock. Polly is greatly loved and missed by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jill Spearman (Birmingham, UK), Jackie and Hans Duerring (Witterswil, Switzerland) and Kate Bloxham and Gup Dhillon (Woodstock, Ont.), also by her granddaughters, Emma & husband Matt Reiss (London, UK), Chloe & husband Andrew Travers (Birmingham, UK) and Aimee & husband Joel Bartlett (Guelph, Ont.), as well as her 6 great-grandchildren, Sophie & Jude Bartlett, Lucas & Ned Reiss, Fran & Alice Travers. She is fondly remembered, cherished, and missed by all including dear niece Heather Holden and husband Jo of Surrey, England, nephew Ian Whitehouse and wife Denise of Cornwall, England. It was Polly’s wish to donate her body to the University of Western Ontario for research. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Oxford County and can be arranged through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME , 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock. (519-537-3611) Personal online condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Spearman, Polly/Olive (née Whitehouse) (Died on March 22, 2019)