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Ione Polley

Ione E. Polley, age 88, of Kandiyohi, passed away Saturday evening, June 6, at the Regina Assisted Living Center in Hastings.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.  Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Kandiyohi.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Ione Eileen (Glenn) Dowdell Polley was born on August 19, 1931, to John and Agnes (Mathies) Glenn in Spooner, Wisconsin.  She grew up in Cold Spring, MN. and graduated from St. Cloud Tech in 1949.  She then attended nurses school but did not finish at that time.  Ione married Gerald “Bud” Dowdell on June 21, 1952 in Rockville, MN. and they settled on their farm north of Atwater.  They were married until his death in January of 1964.  Ione married Milton Polley on December 16, 1966.  They lived northeast of Kandiyohi on their farm for many years.  After Milts death in June of 2002, she continued living there.   She enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family.  In her 40’s she attended the Willmar Vo-Tech to become an LPN and then began working at Rice Memorial Hospital.  A couple of years later she attended the Willmar Community College and earned her RN degree.  She continued working at Rice Memorial until her retirement in 2000.  Ione always said that going back to school was one of the best things she ever did.  She truly loved being a nurse.

She is survived by her four children, Deborah (and Thomas) Borgren of Duluth, Kathryn (and Ron) Garner of Atwater, Gerald (and Debra) Dowdell of Atwater and Mary (and Brian) Schommer of Hastings; nine grandchildren, Leah Borgren, Thomas Borgren, Katelyn (and Jeremy) Johnstone, Michael (and Cory Bauer) Garner, Emily (and Jeff) Wilson, Andrew Dowdell, Laura (and Jakob) Carlson, Marisa Schommer and Brett Schommer; eight great grandchildren, Hunter and Lily Wilson, Selma Olson, Jack Johnstone, Sophia and August Dowdell, Jayden Gulke and Audrey Carlson; and five siblings, Richard (and Bev) Glenn of St. Michael, Delrose Willard of Rockville, Jana Grams (and Linie Ramler) of St. Cloud, Sylvan Grams of Long Prairie and  Gary (and Mary) Grams of  Rockville, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Bud and Milt; one brother, Dennis Grams and one grandson, Jim Garner.

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I took care of Ione almost 5 years such a sweet lady, loved to hear her stories when she worked as a nurse. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family

Becky Trelstad Jun 8 2020 12:00 AM

I worked with Ione at Rice Hospital from 1980 thru 1988. I enjoyed working with her. She was a caring, hard worker with a big heart! I remember her so well. Our Sympathy to her family at this time. Deb and Mark Minnick

Deb Minnick Jun 7 2020 12:00 AM

With deepest sympathyDennis Grams family

Dennis Grams family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Polley and Dowdell family,Our deepest condolences for the loss of Ione. Sending our love and prayers to the family.The Tait's - Paul, Edna, Sophie, CJ, Alex

The Tait's - Paul, Edna, Sophie, CJ, Alex Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Michael, Cory and Family - With Deepest Sympathy.Your Co-Workers from the API and HHH Admin Teams

Your Co-Workers from the API and HHH Admin Teams Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

In loving memory of Aunt Ione, Dennis &Joanie,Zach Camp, Erika (Camp) & John , Jade & Layla O'Haver.Joan camp

Joan camp Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM