A Sacred Moment


Mildred (Polly) Gorrie

December 07, 1915 - October 27, 2015

Polly always had a positive attitude and a smile for everyone she met.

Mildred Pauline (Polly) Hussey Dunn Gorrie passed away peacefully on October 27, 2015 at the age of 99 and 11 months.

Polly was born in Waitsburg, Washington on December 7, 1915, moving to Port Angeles at age 6 where she lived until she graduated from high school. Polly moved to Seattle to work as a maid, nanny, and personal secretary. She became interested in politics and local issues at a young age. She was instrumental in starting one of the first Head Start programs in Seattle.

She participated in many Democratic political elections, the Status of Women Conference for the State of Washington, and later speaking at Washington, D.C. She visited the White House twice, once in the Kennedy administration and once in the Johnson administration. She also attended the opening of President Clinton's Presidential Library in Arkansas. Polly was also one of the founders of Sound Savings and Loan (a savings and loan run by women for women and minorities).

Polly has written three children's books, as well as a yearly journal since 2003 to keep her family updated on what she was up to. At age 90 she made a promise to herself to learn something new every year. She has taken writing classes, learned how to paint in watercolor, wax painting, charcoal drawing, and started working out in the gym where she lived, in addition to many more crafting items.

Polly always had a positive attitude and a smile for everyone she met.

Polly is survived by her son, Michael Dunn (Mary Ellen) of Phoenix, AZ; son-in-law Jim Caldwell (Alicia) of Everett, WA; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Polly is preceded in death by her first husband, Willis Dunn; second husband, Jack O. Gorrie; daughter, Carol Caldwell; parents, Harvey and Selena Hussey; siblings, William, Ruth, Chester, and Harvey, Jr.


No services will be held.

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