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Marion Malvina Pogue

Female 1909 - 2004  (95 years)


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  • Name Marion Malvina Pogue  [1, 2, 3
    Born 08 Sep 1909  Lemon Cove, Tulare Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 69073 
    Died 20 Sep 2004  Tulare Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Dist. Cem., Exeter, Tulare Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Birth: Sep. 8, 1909
      Lemoncove, Tulare County, California, USA
      Death: Sep. 20, 2004
      Tulare County, California, USA

      Marion Polly lived the gift of 95 years. She passed away on Monday, Sept. 20th, 2004, after a courageous fight with cancer. In her passing she maintained an essence of dignity and grace.

      Marion was born Marion Malvina Pogue on Sept. 8, 1909 in Lemon Cove to Jonathan Earl and Della Kate Pogue. She graduated from Lemon Cove Grammar School, Exeter High School and Oregon State College in 1931.

      Marion met Eldon Runciman during high school days in Exeter and they married in her parent's home after their graduation from Oregon State. Marion and Eldon were involved in citrus farming, Earli-Best Packinghouse with Marion's father and Runciman & Runciman Cold Storage in Exeter with Eldon's father. The home they built in Lemon Cove is the home Marion resided in her entire life. Marion and Eldon had two children, Jere Eldon and Martha Louise. Both her husband, Eldon, and her son, Jere, have preceded her in death.

      Marion married Norman Polly on June 14, 1966. He brought two sons to the union, James and Richard Polly. Marion and Norman continued in the citrus industry. She was a lifelong member of Sunkist, following in the steps of her father and grandfather's pioneering spirit. She was an astute businesswoman and president of her family corporation.

      As a child, Marion's summers were spent in Mineral King and she passed on her love of nature and her desire to nurture the environment to her children and grandchildren. Marion's garden gave her a daily appreciation of creation and beauty.

      Marion's uncompromising faith and gentle leadership made her a mainstay in the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church. Marion's parents and other family members chartered the church in 1907.

      Marion and Norman were dedicated to the preservation of the Lemon Cove Women's Club House and its history. She was a past president of the club. The Women's Club House was built in 1879 by Marion's grandparents J.W.C. Pogue and Melvina Blair Pogue as their family home. It also served as the Pogue Hotel in earlier years.

      Marion was a third generation member of the Homer family to be born in the area. Her mother and her grandmother were both born within a few miles of Lemon Cove. Marion's father was born in Stringtown, now known as Woodlake.

      After Norman's retirement in 1978, Marion and Norman set off on numerous travel excursions. Looking back on all her travels she treasured Hawaii as her favorite vacation location, returning often to her Island Paradise.

      For those who knew Marion, she was a special lady for she saw the good in everyone and everything. She touched many lives with her positive attitude. She loved her family unconditionally and was always there when they needed her. She was an example of both steadfast strength and gentle compassion. Marion has left her imprint on her family, her community and the history of Lemon Cove.

      Marion leaves behind her loving husband, Norman Polly; her daughter, Martha and husband, Jim Mosley of Visalia; daughter-in-law, Vivian Runciman of Exeter, and Norman's sons, Jim Polly and wife, Carolyn of Arcata, Calif., Richard Polly and wife, Mary of Tucson, Ariz.; her sister, Doris Laubhan of Fresno; her niece, Susan Murphy and her nephew, Don Dunham. Marion leaves nine grandchildren, Jere Runciman Jr., of Fresno, Jon Runciman of Exeter, Jeff Simkins of Florida, Scott Simkins of New York, John Warren of Visalia, Samuel Polly of Arcata, Mary Polly Hillier of Hawaii, Jonathan and Stacy Polly of Tucson. Nine great-grandchildren also survive her.

      Visalia Times-Delta
      Wednesday, September 22, 2004



      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Eldon George Runciman (1909 - 1962)

      Children:
      Jere Eldon Runciman (1933 - 2003)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      Exeter District Cemetery
      Exeter
      Tulare County
      California, USA

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      Created by: JC
      Record added: Jun 18, 2012
      Find A Grave Memorial# 92144904
    Person ID I69073  Runciman Lineage 1d - Meikle Pinkerton
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2012 

    Family Eldon George Runciman,   b. 03 Jan 1909, Fresno Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1962, Tulare Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married Est 1930  [1
    Census 14 May 1940  Lemon Cove, Tulare Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • RUNCIMAN (own home, $10,000): Eldon G 30 cold storage operator; wife Marion M 30; both resid. same house 1 Apr 1935, both attained C-4 edu.; Children: Jere E 6, Martha L 4 All b CA
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 08 Sep 1909 - Lemon Cove, Tulare Co., California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 14 May 1940 - Lemon Cove, Tulare Co., California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Sep 2004 - Tulare Co., California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S808] Census: USA, 1940 Lemon Cove, Tulare, California; Roll: T627_358; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 54-23, hsehold of Eldon G & Marion M RUNCIMAN, extracted Aug 2012.

    2. [S5] Ancestry.com, Birth 9 Aug 1933 Jere Eldon RUNCIMAN, mother POGUE, reg. Tulare Co., CA, from California Birth Index, 1905-1995, extracted Aug 2012.

    3. [S2811] Find A Grave, Birth 8 Sep 1909 Dth 20 Sep 2004 Marion Malvina POLLY, prev. RUNCIMAN nee POGUE, Exeter Dist. Cem. Tulare Co., California, from Find A Grave Memorial# 92144904, extracted Aug 2012.