ALASKA BRASS – High school brass musicians from around the state enrolled in the Sitka Fine Arts Camp's Alaska Brass Workshop play at Odess Theater this afternoon during a free concert that also featured students in the camp's new String Chamber Music Intensive. Pictured are, from left, Tava Guillory, Sitka;Mark Davis, Haines; Hudson Adams, Sitka; Jacob Batchelder, Fairbanks; and Hanna Morrow, Kenai. The musicians will perform another free concert at Odess Theater Friday at 3 p.m. (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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