CHERRYFIELD — Iona M. (Beal) Polk, 86, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. She was born July 7, 1925, in Jonesport, the daughter of James W. and Ora E. (Alley) Beal.
Iona married Carleton M. Polk in September 1942. They owned and operated Polk’s General Store in Indian River for 20 years, and then she converted it into a clothing store for several more years. She was a bookkeeper for Beals-Jonesport Co-op, served as a member of the Addison School Board, and as Sunday school teacher for many years at Jonesport Wesleyan Church, where she was a member for well over 60 years. When Iona moved to Cherryfield she began volunteering at the Cherryfield Christian School, and later became a member of the First Baptist Church of Cherryfield. Iona always could be found crocheting doilies and blankets. You could always find her picking people up to take to church and enjoyed her meetings at Narraguagus Estates.
She is survived by two daughters, Rose Marie (Polk) Norton and her husband, Dickie, of Addison, Jacquelene (Polk) Chandronnet and her husband, Leo, of North Carolina; a son, Warren James Polk and friend, Cindy, of Prospect Harbor; seven grandchildren, Richard Jr. and his wife, Kelly, Gayle and her fiancé, Andy; Sherri and her friend, Anthony, Jewell and her husband, Dennis, Kristin and her fiancé, Sean, Jamey and his wife, Annie, and Alex; five great-grandchildren, Rick III, Darcy, Austin, Whitney, Lydia; four great-great-grandchildren, Zander, Trinity, Cassidy Rose, and Damon, several nieces and nephews. Iona was also survived by two very special friends, Edna Reynolds of Milbridge and Coleman Smith of York, along with her extended family and friends at Narraguagus Estates. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Carleton; an infant daughter, Jacquelene; her sister, June Smith in August 2011; and a son-in-law, Ron Hurlbert.
Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Monday Nov. 28, 2011, at the Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Main Street, Milbridge. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 29, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Cherryfield, Main Street, with the Rev. Max Merrill officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Jonesport. Donations may be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church, Main Street, Cherryfield, ME 04622 or Down East Hospice, Calais Regional Hospital, 24 Hospital Lane, Calais, ME 04619.