Pauline M. “Polly” Stuart, of Woburn, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. She was 96 years of age.
Born Mary Pauline Garden in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; she was the fourth of nine children of the late Earl William Garden, and the late Elizabeth Delores (Saul) Garden.
Pauline and her family came to Woburn from Canada when she was two years old, later becoming naturalized U.S. Citizens in 1940. She was proud of her Scottish, English, Irish, and Canadian descent.
“Polly,” as she was known to her family and friends, graduated from Woburn High School, Class of 1942. She lived in Woburn for most of her life. A skilled seamstress and sewing instructor, “Polly’s Sewing Studio” in Woburn and Andover was her pride and joy! She also loved to decorate…anything!
Polly was always active and involved with helping people. In the 1960s, she volunteered with the American Red Cross to help families who had lost their homes to fires. In 2003, Polly traveled to Washington D.C. with the Medicare Coalition to advocate for prescription drug coverage being added to Medicare, which through the efforts people like her, was accomplished in 2006.
Polly also taught English to Non-English speaking immigrant families, and she was an volunteer Ambassador for Tufts Medicare Preferred for 15 years where she helped people through the process of signing up for Medicare.
Her most grateful life moment was being able to move back to Woburn from California in 1959, with her two children, and purchase her home where she lived until her passing. Polly was an independent, loving, and caring woman who lived life to the fullest. She always said that she wanted to live in the year 2020, and this she did!
Pauline is survived by her daughter, Kim M. Bolton of Melrose; and her grandsons, Tristan Bolton of Danville, CA, and Nathaniel Bolton of Watertown, both formerly of Gloucester; her step-daughter, Martha “Marti” (Stuart) Szatkowski of Bourne; and she was preceded in death by her son, the late Ronald Lee Bolton. She is also survived by one sister, Judith Fiorilla of Arizona, and Edmund “Ed” Garden of Canton. In addition to her parents and her son, Pauline is also preceded in death by three brothers, the late Douglas W. Garden, the late John Garden, and the late Donald Garden; and three sisters, the late Elizabeth “Bette” Garden, the late Eleanor S. Golden, and the late Delores Diane Barry.
A graveside service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10:00 am. Contributions in Polly’s memory may be made to the Perkins school for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472 (www.perkins.org). Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.