Thelma Pollard

Thelma Pollard

Sunday, January 27th, 1935 Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

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Obituary for Thelma Knight Pollard

Thelma Knight Pollard, 85, of Hollis NH, passed away, at home, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. She was our beloved mother and nana; friend to so many.
Thelma was born in Boston, MA and moved several times in her younger years, including Springfield, MA. In East Chatham, NY they lived on a farm and she attended a one-room schoolhouse. When they moved to Newton, MA, she was able to skip a grade level. She graduated at age 17 from Newton High School. She began working as a secretary even before graduating, eventually becoming secretary to the Massachusetts Division President of Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M).
Thelma married her high school sweetheart, Robert R. Pollard on September 16, 1962, in Rockport, MA, which was a special place to both of them. They lived in Wellesley, MA for a few years before moving to Hollis, NH where Thelma lived for over 54 years. They both became active members of their community and raised two daughters there. Volunteering and mothering became her full-time occupations. She was a 50+ year member of the Congregational Church of Hollis, U.C.C., where she served on various boards and in many volunteer positions.
In the Hollis community, Thelma was probably most associated with the Girl Scouts. She was a leader, service unit manager, trainer and served in other Council level positions for over 30 years. She received the Thanks Badge (the highest adult recognition in GS), from the Swift Water Girl Scout Council in recognition of her many years of exemplary service to the organization. Thelma touched the lives of thousands of girls, as a leader, role model, mentor and friend. She kept in contact with many of “her girls”, sometimes having the daughters and granddaughters of her early troop members, in her later troops.
She received several awards, honors and accolades for her volunteer work. She was also proud to have been chosen as NH Mother of the Year 2001, through the American Mothers organization.
Thelma volunteered through the town of Hollis, including as a member of the Old Home Day committee, at the polls on election days, in the schools and with the Friends of the Hollis Library and Hollis Historical Society.
She loved to do all kinds of handicrafts such as knitting, crocheting and cross stitch. She was a lifelong birdwatcher with several feeders in the backyard, which continue to attract many species as well as squirrels, deer and even a bear! Making large holiday dinners was a lot of work but she loved doing it and having all of the family around the dining room table. She liked to travel, especially to Walt Disney World with her grandchildren. Thelma was an avid jigsaw and crossword puzzle enthusiast.
Thelma was also known for the thousands of birthday cards that she would send to friends, her children’s friends, former Girl Scouts and others over many years. She would even send cards after children grew up, left home and/or moved away.
Of all the things Thelma did in her life, her favorite role was that of mother and nana.
Thelma was predeceased by her husband, Bob, and her parents, Dorothy and Edmund Knight. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Susan and Robert Spellman, of Auburn, ME and Deborah and William Drouin, of Brookline, NH; and grandchildren: Sara R. Spellman, Jacob Spellman and Robert Drouin. She was extremely proud of her family!
There will be a private graveside service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, when all of Thelma’s friends will be invited to share time and memories with her family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Thelma’s memory, to the Congregational Church of Hollis, 3 Monument Square, Hollis, NH 03049 or Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, 1 Commerce Dr., Bedford, NH 03110.

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June Briggs

To Thelma’s family,
We are thinking of you all during this sad time. I knew your mom for all the years I lived in Hollis through the church and Girl Scouts. She was very kind and giving. When I was going through a hard time she sent me a card that I still have, I love the sentiment. Susan and Debbie, you babysat for my girls, Kate and Emilie. We live in Maine now but, I still call Hollis home.
Our love to your family, June and Steve Briggs
Comment | Posted at 05:56pm via Condolence

Susan Spellman

Thank you June! (I live in Maine too!)
Posted at 02:38pm

Fred Huber

A Friend for 65 years whose presence in my life got better and more important with each passing day.
Fred Huber
Comment | Posted at 10:39am via Condolence

John Cortese

I'm very sorry for your loss. This is a very challenging time and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May Thelma rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 02:24pm via Condolence

Susan Spellman

Thank you for the kind words, John. You've been such a good friend to Jake. Love, Susan and Family
Posted at 12:29am

Jane Nichols

Our ❤️ heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Your mother was a longtime friend and will be missed. Your obituary says it all! God bless you Susan & Debbie & your families. Jane & Richard Nichols
Comment | Posted at 01:18pm via Condolence

Susan Spellman

Thank you, Jane and Richard.
Posted at 12:29am

DeeDee Rice

To Thelma's family: I am thinking of you all as I remember Thelma.. and asking God to surround you with His perfect peace and love.
I have such fond memories of Thelma. I first knew of Thelma when my daughter earned her Gold Award. Thelma sent her a card to congratulate her. My daughter still has the card and is 32 yo now. I finally had the pleasure of meeting Thelma in 2002 when I started working at Girl Scouts of Swift Water Council. I always enjoyed seeing Thelma. She always made a point to go out of her way to not miss a chance to say Hello and/or thank the staff for our/their work behind the scenes supporting the girls and volunteers, and later when Girl Scouts in NH and VT became Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Her support for the many girls who journeyed far and high was immeasurable. Whether the girls were embarking on a destination nationally or internationally, or were striving to achieve the highest awards, Thelma supported them and made sure each girl knew how proud of them she was.
When Thelma decided to retire from the Girl Scout Service Unit Manager position in her community, she passed the torch with grace and dignity, (and with a firm handshake), ensuring a smooth transition with her successor, as well as a guarantee that the robust program in her community of Hollis continued to grow and always put the girls first.
Thelma will always have a special place in my heart. May the wonderful memories you cherish with her carry you through the days ahead and may God's grace bring you peace.
DeeDee Rice
Comment | Posted at 03:32pm via Condolence

Susan Spellman

Thank you for the kind remarks, DeeDee. Mom gave so much of her life to Girl Scouts, they said that her blood ran green. :-)
Posted at 11:51pm

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