Oct. 3, 1926 –Sept. 10, 2011
Anna Starlene Polk died Sept. 10, 2011, at the New Horizons Care Center after a 12-day struggle from a bleeding brain aneurysm at the age of 84.
She was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Chadwick, Mo., to Martha Jane and Raymond C. Morris. She and her brother grew up in an oil field environment during the boom time following rigs in Illinois. Because of her family moving away while she was at school she was on her own at age 14. A kind minister and his wife took her in for some time.
Starlene was working for Woolworth’s Dime Store as a bookkeeper when she met Howard Polk. He noticed her singing in the church choir and on Feb.6, 1945, took her for his wife. They raised two children.
Together, they were dedicated to service for God. She taught Sunday school classes and directed vacation Bible schools for many years. She was always involved in whatever work was going on at the church.
In the late 60s she worked at Heath Candy Plant in Robinson, Ill. The family liked her time at Heath. She would bring bags of Heath candy home for them to enjoy.
January 1970 found the family moving from Illinois to Powell in a transfer with Marathon Oil Co. A few years later, Howard and Starlene founded the Assembly of God Church in nearby Lovell. During their eight years of ministry they were privileged to lead many people to Jesus.
In June 2005, Starlene entered the New Horizons Care Center. She appreciated everyone’s visits. It was her joy worshiping in God’s house on Sundays, then she looked forward to lunch at Minchow’s Food Court with her family and a few friends.
Starlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard and brother William Morris. She is survived by a son Darell (Sharon) of Casper; daughter Teressa (Elwood) Ennis of Lovell; grandchildren Evelyn of Oblong, Ill., Christina of Robinson, Ill., Randy (Lydia) of Brunswick, Ga., Tyler (Tanea) Ennis and Tess (Jeff) Peterson, both of Lovell.
Funeral services were held Sept. 12, 2011, at the Bible Church with burial in the Lovell Cemetery. Rev. Kurt McNabb and Rev. Dave Garrett officiated. Haskell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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