Louise Rockwood McCormick Pollard,
95, of Boise, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1994, in a Boise care
center of natural causes.
services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the
First Presbyterian Church of Boise, 10th and State streets.
The Rev. Marianne C. Paul will officiate. Inurnment will
be at a later date in the Roswell Cemetery along with her
husband, Cecil, who died Nov. 30, 1993. Cremation is
under the direction of Accent Funeral Services Home, Meridian.
Louise was born Jan. 15, 1899, at
Owatona, Minn., a daughter of Andrew James McCormick and Julia
Maria Rockwood. She was the youngest of five children.
The McCormick family moved from Minnesota to Roswell, Idaho,
in 1903 where they established a homestead. Louise
helped her father with ranching and carpentry. She could
drive a team of horses, "break a horse," and she rode a horse
to school. Her knowledge of carpentry was useful in
later years, both at home and at the Baker McCall cabin.
Louise graduated from Roswell High School in 1917, and from
the College of Idaho in 1921 with a B.S. degree in chemistry.
From 1921 to 1932, she taught a variety of subjects including
physics, biology, economics, home economics, math, Latin and
vocal music at high schools in Wilder, Shoshone, Eagle, and at
Franklin High School. Additionally she also coached the
girls basketball and baseball teams at Eagle High School.
She married Cecil Proctor Pollard in 1923, and they moved to
Boise in 1924.
When the Depression
came, a family was allowed only one salary paid from tax
monies. Since Cecil taught at Boise High School, she
quit teaching in 1932. Their three living parents were
in their home at that time. Mrs. Pollard began a 54-year
career with Spencer Inc. in 1933, as a direct sales
representative of individually designed surgical and spinal
supports, and served as the South Idaho district manager from
1956 to 1964. She retired from Spencer in 1987 at age
88, due to failing health.
Louise was a
member of AARP, Retired Teachers, and the First Presbyterian
Church where she had been active since 1925. She taught
Sunday school, was superintendent of the junior department for
several years, and a member of UPW and Pinta Ship. She
was known for her philosophy that, "If you can't get what you
want, then want what you can get." This positive,
cheerful attitude combined with her trust in God, helped her
through the hardships of homesteading, the Depression, and
throughout the rest of her life.
Louise's hobbies were various forms of work. She and Cecil
took pride in their vegetable garden, and her family enjoyed
her home-baked bread. Hiking into Idaho's beautiful
mountains with her children and grandchildren was an activity
she enjoyed until she was 86 years old. She was much
loved as a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grand
mother, and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Dr.
George R. Baker of Boise, and Gladys and David Laws of
Burlington, N.C.; six grandchildren, Dr. Delwyn Baker of
Spokane, Wash., Dr. Carl Baker of Potomac, Md., Bruce Baker of
Seattle, Wash., Nancy Baker of Monterey, Calif., Julia Laws
Opekun of Houston, Texas, and Dennis Laws of Raleigh, N.C.;
and three great-grandchildren.
may be made to the Boise Senior Center, 700 Robbins Road,