Pauline Edith “Polly” Carbaugh

Last Updated on February 12, 2016 by cassnetwork

carbaughPauline Edith “Polly” Carbaugh, 94, of Logansport, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, in her home surrounded by her family.

Born March 7, 1921, in Howard County, she was the daughter of the late Orville and Edith (Gushwa) Brown.

On February 26, 1944, in Logansport, she was married to Dr. Howard J. Carbaugh. He preceded her in death June 12, 1996.

Polly was a graduate of Delphi High School. She majored in Elementary Education at Manchester College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. She taught at Jefferson School for 3 years while her husband was serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII. The couple lived in Hammond for two years while her husband was in optometry school in Chicago.

When her husband opened his optometry business on the south side, Polly worked hand-in-hand with him every day –doing whatever needed to be done in the office – be it bookkeeping, scheduling appointments or fitting glasses. They were a great team together.

Polly was a dedicated member of the East Main Street Church of God. She saw a need in the church and led the Nifty 50’s group. In earlier years, when she went to Wheatland Ave. United Methodist Church, she taught Bible School and was active in the ladies’ circle.

She was the first woman elected to the Logansport Community School Corporation school board. Polly was very involved during the construction of the new high school on Berry Lane. She also served on the Cass County Public Library Board of Directors.

Polly enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, planting trees in the woods, knitting and crocheting. She was a member of a Bridge club. Time spent with her children and grandchildren were the best part of her life.

Surviving are four children: Charles “Chuck” (Jane) Carbaugh of Logansport, William “Bill” (Beth) Carbaugh of Delphi, Sharon Carbaugh of Cleveland, TN and Barb Carbaugh of Goshen; eight grandchildren: Anje (Edward Jr.) Klinkhamer, John (Ida) Carbaugh, Daniel (Amy) Carbaugh, Michael, Sarah, Hannah, Aneilya and Laura Carbaugh; six great-grandchildren Jordan (Stephanie) Carr, Mikyla Carr, Peyton Klinkhamer, Garrott Klinkhamer, Kaitelynn Carbaugh, Kennedy Klinkhamer; one great-great-grandchild Jaxon Simms; one sister Evelyn (Bill) Calvert of Michigantown; one sister-in-law Mary Brown of Delphi; and several nieces and nephews.

The family also wishes to express their appreciation to the wonderful caregivers who made it possible for Polly to live at home.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lynn and Glenn Brown.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Polly Carbaugh will be held at 2 p.m. February 15 at the East Main Street Church with Rev. Dr. Gregory Elkins officiating.

Burial will follow in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Flora.

A visitation will take place from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service in the church on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Main Street Church of God.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Fisher Funeral Chapel.

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