HERRICK, Mary Ella "Polly", age 82, of New Martinsville, WV passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, WV.
She was born on June 18, 1930 in Tulsa, OK a daughter of the late Edgar Wilson and Ethel Steele Harris.
Polly was a graduate of Magnolia High School. She was a homemaker; a clerk with McCrory's 5 & 10; a telephone operator with C&P Telephone; and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, New Martinsville where she had served as a Eucharistic Minister.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene N. "Gene" Herrick; son David Nicholas Herrick; infant sons Michael, Philip and Paul; one sister, Sarah Margaret "Peggy" Gomez.
She is survived by her children Mary Catherine (James) Lewis, Cecilia (Larry) Edgell of New Martinsville, Carol (Dana) McClanahan of Dunbar, WV, Christina (Leonard) Oates of New Martinsville, Cynthia (Louis) Hores of Moundsville, Charlotte (Bob Tuttle) Shepherd of Higganum, CT, Nathaniel (Rachel) Herrick of New Martinsville, James N. Herrick of New Martinsville, Corinne (Dean) Cecil of Moundsville; grandchildren, Eva (Damon) Wilde, Joshua (Julie Renner) Edgell, David Herrick, Sarah (Michael) Musick, JoAnna Herrick, Eric (Debra) Oates, Grant (Jackie Wilson) Hores, Emily Shepherd, Doug Shepherd, Jessica (Travis) Wayne; Leslie (Clinton Young) Herrick, Grace Cecil and Nick Cecil; great-grandchildren Claire Wilde, Hunter Oates, Rylee Wilson and Caden Herrick.
Polly was extremely proud of her children and their families. She instilled a love of all animals, great and small, but especially cats and dogs. She and Gene raised their large family while also raising a large garden, making gardeners out of all of them. Polly furthered her education after high school through a life-long love of reading, crossword puzzles and cryptograms.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday with rosary devotions at 7:30 p.m. at the Grisell Funeral Home, 751 Third St., New Martinsville.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 21 Rosary Road, New Martinsville, with Fr. John McDonough as celebrant.
Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Memorial Park, New Martinsville.
In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make a memorial donation to their local animal shelters or the Humane Society in Polly's name.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.