READY FOR HIBERNATION – Matthew Brechl wears a bear suit and pushes a jogger as he races in last weekend's 10 K WhaleFest Run on Sawmill Creek Road. More than 100 runners turned out for the event. The annual WhaleFest included a well-attended marine science symposium with participants from the University of Alaska, Penninsula College and Fort Lewis College, a film festival, an art show, a whale watching tour, a market, a banquet, a concert and a variety show. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Pollyanna Dorothy Marion Didrickson

Pollyanna Dorothy Marion Didrickson

A memorial service for Pollyanna Dorothy Marion Didrickson will be held 1 p.m. January 6, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church.
    A celebration of her life will follow immediately afterward in Latta Hall. It will be a potluck, and those attending are invited to take a favorite dish.
    Polly died Dec. 19 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 91.
    She was born March 3, 1926, in Akiak, the daughter of Katie (White) and Norman Frank Lott. When she was 7 she went to an orphanage, the Moravian mission school in Holy Cross, Alaska.
    In 1941, she came to Sitka to attend Sheldon Jackson High School, where she met and married Herb Didrickson. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on Sept. 4.
    Along with raising her brother Norman Lott’s children Katie and Norman for a time after his death, Polly raised her own children, Vicki, David and Herb Jr., and held several jobs. Her last secretarial job was for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game law enforcement branch.
    Polly was a “prayer warrior,” and even while she was passing away, she still prayed for others.    
    Polly was preceded in death by her husband, Sept. 25, 2017, and her three brothers, George, Ted and Norman Lott.
    She is survived by her children, Vicki Hamilton and David Didrickson, both of Anchorage, and Herb Didrickson Jr. of Sitka; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
    Those wishing to make memorial contributions can send them to Herb Didrickson Jr., P.O. Box 154, Sitka.

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