Mary Waldron "Polly" Furber (1920 - 2019)

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Service Information
Celebration of Life
Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sidney Grange
Interment
Monday, Jun. 17, 2019
10:00 AM
the Maine Veterans Memorial (Mt. Vernon) Cemetery
Obituary

WATERVILLE - Mary Waldron "Polly" Furber, 98, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2019, at the Woodlands Assisted Living in Waterville. She was born on Oct. 8, 1920, in Framingham, Mass., to Josephine Louise (Gardiner) and Schuyler Waldron VanNess.

As a teenager, Polly spent summers in Waterford. At age fourteen, she and her Aunt Sally climbed Mt. Washington. Polly graduated from Framingham High School in 1938, and continued her education at Russell Sage College in New York.

Polly married Mark Burnham Furber Jr., son of Alice Gibbs Furber and Mark B. Furber Sr. of Framingham, Mass., on Jan. 1, 1942. They loved to dance to the big bands in Boston on weekends. During World War II, they were stationed at Camp Gordon, Georgia. After the war, the Furbers lived first in Natick, Mass., and then moved to Elm St. Hopkinton, Mass. where they raised their children. Polly was an active member of the Hopkinton Historical Society and the Hopkinton Public Library.

After retiring, Polly and Mark settled in East Berlin, Pa. where they founded and operated a small two horse stable. Training at the York Fairgrounds, for twenty-five years, they followed the east coast harness horse circuit, racing their horses at major tracks and fairground venues from Maine to Florida. They made many friends along the way, and their grandchildren have many fond memories of helping with the horses. Retiring one more time, they moved to Sidney, Maine to share a home with their youngest daughter and son-in-law.

In and out of their family life, Polly pursued her interest in genealogy, old cemeteries, and old maps. She could always be found in the research section of the local library or at the nearest historical society. She delighted in making family history come alive for her children and grandchildren, and always remembered everyone's birthday.

A member of NEHGS and the Maine Genealogical Society, Polly was also a member of the Sidney Historical Society and the Taconnett Falls Genealogical Society, where she volunteered her skills and experience to help others trace their ancestors and family holdings. Polly received the Spirit of America Award, and was the holder of the Boston Post Cane in Sidney.

She is survived by her three children: Diane Furber Stearns (Donald) of Springvale, Mark Jeffrey Furber (Gail Clifford) of Woodville, Mass., and Katherine Furber Smith (David) of Sidney. She has nine grandchildren (Benjamin Smith, Joshua Smith, Kate Smith Perry, Pisea Stratton, Sarah Stearns Johnson, Whit Stearns, Brenan Stearns, Kara Stearns, and Allison Clifford); and ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Polly is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Gardiner Reid of Milford, Mass., and was preceded in death by her brother, Nicholas Varney VanNess; and Mark, her beloved husband of 65 years..

A life celebration will be held at the Sidney Grange on Sunday, June 16, from 2-4 pm. The internment will be at the Maine Veterans Memorial (Mt. Vernon) Cemetery on June 17 at 10 a.m.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Woodlands and Beacon Hospice for their excellent care. Memorial tributes in Polly's name may be made to the Sidney Historical Society

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Published in Central Maine on June 5, 2019
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