Parlia “Polly” E. (Hurst-Dunham) Woodkirk, 96 of Carlinville, formerly of Brussels, crossed over the rainbow bridge Saturday afternoon, October 9, 2021, at Carlinville Area Hospital in Carlinville. Polly was born May 20, 1925, in Fairmont City, a daughter of Durwood and Lucille (Oeth) Hurst.
Polly graduated from Collinsville High School with the class of 1943 and two years of business college. She loved to do crafts, gamble and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Polly loved her family and dance the night away with Tom. Polly danced to Wipe Out that her husband’s band played in. She married Harold Dean Durham in 1948 and he passed away on August 13, 1983. She later married Thomas L. Woodkirk on October 18, 1991, in Carlinville. They were soon to celebrate 30 years of marriage.
Polly was a purchasing agent for Allied Chemical Company in East St. Louis retiring in June 1975.
Polly was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, and a grandson, Kyle Dunham.
Polly is survived by her husband, Thomas L. Woodkirk of Carlinville; a son; grandson, Matthew (Gina) Dunham; granddaughter-in-law, Heather Dunham; 6 great-grandchildren; step-son, Randy (Vicki) Woodkirk of Peoria; step-daughter, Pam Loveless of Carlinville; step-daughter, Valerie Woodkirk of New Lenox; step-grandchildren, Mollie Ridenbark and Chad Pogue; 4 step-great-grandchildren; 4 step great-great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Sherry Hurst of Maryville.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at the funeral home with Marty Betty officiating. Burial will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens at 5000 North State, Fairview Heights next to her first husband and her parents.
Memorials may be made to Carlinville American Legion Post #554. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.