Link, Pauline

Written by David Green.

Pauline O. “Polly” Link, 96, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 7, 2011, at the Fairlawn Nursing Home in Archbold, Ohio.

She was born July 6, 1914, in Wright Township, Mich., to the late Lewis Paul and Edna Hazel (Winzeler) Towne. She married Glen “Dick” Link in 1930, and he preceded her in death Sept. 25, 1987.

Polly graduated from Fayette High School and furthered her studies in the art field at the Fort Wayne School of Art and Design, Defiance College, Toledo Museum of Art, Florida’s Barnum and Bailey Art School, and Siena Heights University.

Polly was a self-employed artist and art teacher, working out of her home studio on Ranger Highway near Morenci, where she painted on china for clients across the country. Her older paintings can be found overseas in countries including Greece, Germany and France. She has paintings in every state in the United States, except New Jersey. Polly taught her talents to hundreds of students over the years.

Aside from her devotion to her art, she also enjoyed quilting, sewing, fishing and hunting. She attended Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.

Polly once stated that when she dies, she doesn’t want people to say that she is deceased; she wants everyone to say that she’s “Gone Fishing.”

Surviving Polly are one sister, Velma Scott of Sylvania, Ohio; special friends, Ned Horton of Alvordton, Ohio, and Dolores Schaffner of Fayette; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Don White and Lewis Towne; and three sisters, Mildred Hand, Faye Towne and Bea Ott.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Normal Memorial Library or the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

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