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Vivian “Polly” Wilson
October 9, 1935 – April 13, 2018

Gates – Polly was born in the Rolling Hills in West Virginia to Jonnie and Commie Lewis. She moved to California, married Robert Wickam and she gave birth to Denise and Tracy. Polly worked for several years for Hunts Corporation. Leaving as a supervisor and then she started working in adult care facilities.

She divorced Robert in 1960 and later met and married Jess Clinton Wilson in 1961, he was from Aumsville. From 1961 to 1967 they live in Las Vegas, NV, then they moved to Grand Island near Dayton and started a drywall taping business. In 1972, Polly, Jess and Denise moved to Anchorage, AK and all worked on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline until it was completed.

Polly divorced Jess in 1984 and she and Denise moved to Aumsville, and the next year, she opened Rocking Chair Ranch Adult Care Home. She enjoyed taking care of the elderly and giving them care. In 1998, Polly decided to retire and moved to the foothill of the Cascades in Gates, where she enjoyed the quiet and vast amount of wild life. In 2001 she was joined by Denise and her husband, Dennis. In 2004, they opened Green Mountain Ranch Adult Care Home, and Polly provided back up care and passed on humorous stories to the residents. She passed on her knowledge and skills to many in her life’s journey. Polly enjoyed doing ceramics and had her own kiln to cure them.

She is survived by her daughter: Denise (Dennis) Schlies; brother: Gilford Lewis; step-children: Pete Wilson, Maxine Wilson, Lisa (Vown) Dorman and Robin (Roger) Lorenze; and several grandchildren through her extended family. Polly was preceded in death by her son, Tracy, stepson, Bud, brother, Alford and ex-husband, Jess Wilson.

The family would like to extend a grateful thanks to the Gates Volunteer Fire Department. No services will be held at her request. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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