Frances Mae Pollock, age 86, of Darwin, left this life Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Dassel Lakeside Community Home.
She was born Oct. 15, 1930, at St. Cloud Hospital, the daughter of Alva and Annie (Hagemeister) Watkins. Frances grew up in the Annandale area, and eventually ended up in the Darwin area.
She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1948; and was proud to be chosen as Miss Meeker County in 1947.
Frances met Clarence Pollock in 1948, and they were united in marriage in 1950. They lived on the Pollock dairy and poultry farm north of Darwin, where they raised eight children.
Fran also worked outside the home at LPC, HTI, and also as a volunteer at the Meeker Memorial Hospital gift shop.
In 1993, Clarence and Frances built their retirement home on Dunns Lake.
Fran enjoyed snowmobiling, playing cards, reading, sports, and spending time with family and friends. Recently, she enjoyed playing dominoes for hours with her friend, Josie Nelson at the Dassel Lakeside Community Home, where she made her home for the past five years.
Fran was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, where she taught religion classes for many years. She was also a member of the Darwin Drifters Snowmobile Club, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Frances is survived by her children: Kathy Edmonds (Tommy) of Dobson NC, Cindy Theis of Watkins, Mike Pollock (Brenda), Pat Pollock (friend Marian), Julie Rathbun (Mike), Jack Pollock (Connie), all of Darwin; Jerry Pollock (Kari Johnson) of Dassel, and Tom Pollock (Amy) of Litchfield; as well as nine grandchildren: Sara Jo Pollock, Chrissy Guza, Katie Pollock, Jason Pollock, Amy Smith, Ryan Rathbun, Ryley Pollock, Jacob Pollock, and Adam Pollock; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister in-law, Sylvia Watkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clarence; brother Alfred; and son in-laws Mike Scott, and Jim Theis.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. John in Darwin. Interment was in the church cemetery in Darwin.
There was visitation Wednesday, March 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continuing Thursday, at the church, one hour prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield; on-line guestbook available at www.johnsonhagglund.com.