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Louise Pollard

Louise was born October 26, 1937 in Ft. Worth, TX, and raised in Alvarado, TX, by parents, Samuel Albert Kelley and Annie Bill Prestridge Kelley. She graduated from Alvarado H.S. in 1955 and North Texas State College in 1959 with an English degree, because her adviser said “women don’t study things like foreign service.” (She never quite forgave him.)

While teaching in Midland, TX, she met dashing Air Force pilot Melvin Eugene Pollard on a blind date. They married on Easter, Apr 2, 1961, in her Alvarado home where her parents had married. Daughter Kelley was born at Webb AFB in Big Spring, TX. When they moved to Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX, Louise took flying lessons so she could see what Mel was so crazy about, and on her certificate, they had to cross out “he” and write in “she,” because again, women weren’t expected to do that sort of thing. Son Raymond was born at Randolph AFB. As Ray turned 2, Mel left for a year to fly F-4s in Vietnam, leading him to claim later that Ray never had the “terrible twos.” Louise begged to differ, but made being a stalwart Air Force wife and loving mother look easy while moving around the U.S.

When the kids were young, Louise taught English and volunteered. As the kids grew, she got a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the U of Maryland. She was a legal librarian for a law firm, then for the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals in Washington DC. In 1979, the family moved to Hill AFB and loved Utah’s skiing and camping, so Mel retired and they put down roots. In SLC, Louise was a corporate librarian for Kennecott and then for American Express. She retired in 1992, then coordinated the Davis County Adult Literacy program, worked at Nu Images photo gallery in Park City, and was a photo lab supervisor at the Salt Lake Art Center. She and Mel had a photography business, the Outside View, and traveled and photographed in the U.S., Europe, Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Central America. They hated to be apart for even a day, and at least one camera was always within reach.

After 52 years of marriage, Mel passed away from stroke complications. For 4 years, Louise missed him dreadfully, but they are now reunited. She spent her last 2 years at Fairfield Village in Layton, UT, where she passed away March 10, 2018.

She is survived by daughter, Kelley (Andy) Lindberg; son, Ray (Jennifer) Pollard; brother, Sam (Mary Kate) Kelley; grandchildren:  Orion Lindberg, Lauren (E.J.) Giovetti, and Makenna (Ryan) Richey; great-grandchildren, Rylan and Henley Giovetti; and nieces, nephews and friends.

An open house celebrating Louise will be at Kelley’s home Mar 17, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm. Louise’s ashes will be interred beside her beloved husband’s at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on May 11, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to her favorite charities: public radio/TV (KUER.org, KUED.org), Utah Food Bank (UtahFFodBank.org), or American Diabetes Assoc (Diabetes.org).

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Sorry to hear this news. I knew Louise and her son Ray from American Express many many years ago. Just wanted to offer my prayers and support to the family.

Robb Wright Mar 23 2018 12:00 AM

I wassorry to read about Louise's passing. I have such good memories ofLouise as a friendly, warm, interesting colleague and friend. I knew her throughUtah Library Association meetingswhen we both worked with government documents--I was a librarian at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. I also admired her achievements in photography andwas thrilled for herone year when a couple of her photographs were acceptedand shown attheUtah Women's Art Exhibition sponsored by AAUW, of which I am a member. She was a quietly talented person I enjoyed knowing very much. The picture you chose is so natural, just the way I remember her.I know you are allmissing her.

Maxine Haggerty Mar 21 2018 12:00 AM

What a beautiful tribute, Kelley! What a lovely woman and beautiful life. I'm sorry for the "missing" you are feeling but happy for her and your dad. It's true, isn't it, that we all do have something or someone to miss, no matter where we are. My heart goes out to you, as the passing of one's mother is like nothing else. Breathing in and out is enough some days. May God bless you and give you all the comfort and peace you need, both directly and through the presence, thoughts, and prayers of all of us who love you. Liz Wilcox

Elizabeth Wilcox Mar 15 2018 12:00 AM