On August 17, 2011, Mary '¾Polly' Schechter passed away. Polly was born in Yakima, WA, in 1935. She attended the University of Washington at Seattle, Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon, and George Washington University.
Polly lived for many years in the Washington, DC, area, where she was Assistant to the Secretary of the University and the Protocol and Events Coordinator in the Office of the President at the Catholic University of America. In 1999, she and her husband, Hans, retired to Pinehurst, where Polly was a dynamic member of the community. She served a term as President of Newcomers and was on the House Committee of the Pinehurst Country Club. She sat on the English Speaking Union's Board of Directors for six years, and was their Scholarship Chairperson for three. She enjoyed a term as chairperson of the Azalea Branch of the Pinehurst Garden Club. And in 2003, she co-chaired the fundraising auction of the Habitat Gala. Polly was also an active member of Act II, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Women of Weymouth.
Polly enjoyed traveling, golf, the symphony and theater, card and board games with friends, and walking her beloved dog, Pepper. She will be missed.
Polly is survived by her husband, Hans B. Schechter of Southern Pines, her daughters, Jan E. Kuzminski of Hannover, Germany, and Beth A. Kuzminski of Southern Pines; her grandsons, Charles Prather of Towson, MD, and Matthew Prather of Germantown, MD; and her son-in-law, Christian zur Nedden of Hannover, Germany.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Congregational Community Church in Southern Pines. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Polly's name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org).


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