February 26, 2014

Anna Gene Pollard

HOUSTON, TEXAS — Anna Gene Pollard, age 94, passed away at her home in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 15.

She was born on July 19, 1919, in Franklin, Texas, to Archey and Evelina Messenger Gordon. Her father was a Methodist preacher whose appointments moved him and his family to many Texas towns throughout Anna Gene's childhood.

Anna Gene met her husband (James) Clark Pollard in High School while both were attending Sunday School in Lubbock, Texas, where her father held a temporary pastorate. Both she and Clark then attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock for nearly two years, with Anna Gene transferring to McMurray College in Abilene for a semester after her father received a teaching position in Biblical Studies there. Anna Gene and Clark were married on April 1, 1939, in Pasadena, Texas, her father Rev. Archie Gordon officiating.

Early in their marriage, Anna Gene and Clark spent 15 years building their own home in Pasadena where they raised their family while Clark worked as a draftsman engineer for the Hughes Tool Co. in Houston. After the death of Clark in 1984, Anna Gene spent 10 years travelling, fulfilling life-long dreams of seeing the world, which she had begun with Clark. Anna Gene was a dedicated and loving mother who brought warmth, compassion, and inspiration to all who knew her.

In addition to Clark, Anna Gene was pre-deceased by their infant daughter, Tahira Jean in 1945; an infant sister, Mildred Gordon in 1917; and two of her brothers, Marshall Gordon in 2007, and Grady Gordon in 2006.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Glenn Gordon of Eugene, Ore.; her three sons, Clayton and wife Donna of Midland, Texas, Gordon and wife Sandra of Morrisonville, N.Y., Linden and wife Carol of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Jeanine, Jason, Riva, and Tina; and great-grandchildren, Alice Dangler, Andrew Patton, and Alaina Ward.

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