POLLY JOHNSON EDDY
On Tuesday, December 20th, Polly Johnson Eddy was called home. She had been battling pneumonia, and had started to recover, but due to her advanced age of 99, she did not have the reserve strength to beat this, her third bout with the disease. Miss Polly (as she was known by several of her family and most of her friends), went peacefully and is now free from the constant pain she endured for many months.
She spent most of the second half of her life as a caregiver herself. Her first husband, Paul Millard (father of her daughter Paula), was killed when struck head on by a drunk driver when Paula was a child. Polly was a single mother for several years until she met, dated and married her second husband, James Eddy (Jim), while working at what was the Filter Center (later to become the General Products retail store) in downtown Knoxville in 1951. After marriage in 1952, she became a new mother to her son Robert in May of 1953 and two years later she and the rest of the family moved to England, accompanying Jim who was in the USAF. Over the years they moved several times and were preparing for Jim's retirement in 1965 (he was studying to go into real estate) when Jim suffered a massive stroke in April of that year. She cared for him while in intensive care from April until August at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, and then continued that care when he was moved to the VA hospital in Johnson City, TN. He remained there until December, undergoing intense rehabilitation as the stroke had completely paralyzed him on his left side. She purchased a house in Fountain City to be near her parents and other family members as she knew she would need help in maintaining the house and raising Robert since most of her time would be dedicated to caring for Jim.
She continued to care for Jim and maintain her household but was faced with even more challenges as both her mother and father were not only homebound, but bed ridden for many months before they passed away. She was their primary caregiver and would attend to them twice a day each day for several years. Fortunately, during this same time, Robert grew older and was preparing for college and beyond, and Jim regained much (but not all) of his abilities that were taken away by the stroke. She continued to care for Jim until 2002 when she could no longer accomplish this by herself and it became necessary to move Jim to a nursing home where he lived until his passing in 2005.
Polly remained at home on her own until 2011 when she moved out of her house and into Renaissance Terrace. When the opportunity to move to the newly developed Oakwood Senior Living finally arrived, she became one of the first residents in the new facility. She became friends with many of the other residents as they arrived and was loved by the caregivers employed there. Again, Miss Polly was an icon to them and she will be missed by all. A special thank you to Kelley Gardner (Polly's personal caregiver) who became her special friend and member of our family. Kelley took such good care of Polly which gave her children so much comfort.
Polly is survived by her daughter Paula, son Robert and his wife Joyce, plus many nieces, nephews and their children. Interment will be at Lynnhurst Cemetery on Wednesday, December 28th at 2:00 p.m. following a small graveside service. A memorial service will be held at Oakwood Senior Living on Thursday, December 29th at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Polly's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project as she believed deeply in their mission and made a monthly donation to their cause.
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