In Remembrance Of
Polack, Ruth Ellen PhillipsMay 17th, 1915 - April 3rd, 2003
May 3rd, 2003 10:30 a.m.
Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV.
Polack, Ruth Ellen Phillips, 87, died Thursday, April 3, 2003 in Bishop Joseph H. Hodges Continuous Care Center, Wheeling. Ruth Ellen Phillips Polack was born May 17, 1915 in Wheeling, WV. She was the second child and oldest daughter of Rosalie Stephens and Edward M. Phillips, M.D. her primary education was in the Wheeling Public Schools. She graduated from Gunston Hall Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. in 1932, and from Duke University, with an A.B. in Social Work in 1936. During her tenure at Duke University, she was active in campus activities, and awarded a medal by the Duke Alumni Association inscribed "for valuable service to the Class and University, 1932-1936". In 1936, she married all Southern Duke Basketball Guard, Ernest H. (Bunt) Polack, II. They have two children- Ernest H. III and E. Phillips Polack, M.D. Memberships included the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Acorn Twig, The Junior League of Wheeling, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Wheeling Women's Club. Community Chest and Council. West Virginia Welfare Conference, West Virginia Crime and Delinquency Council, and Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church. Her professional career was a substitute teacher in the Ohio County Schools. Community service included the Presidency of the Junior League of Wheeling in 1941 and 1950, and a National Regional Director of the Junior Leagues of America from 1951 to 1953, Province President of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority 1941 to 1945, a member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia State Garden Club. Vice President of the Wheeling Girl Scout Council, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Family Service. All were recognized in Marquis Who's Who in American Women in 1958. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Ernest H. II, her parents, Rosalie Stephens and Edward M. Phillips, M.D., a brother Edward S. Phillips, M. D., a sister, Mary Phillips Pitkin. She is survived by her sons, Ernest H. III, and E. Phillips M.D. and his wife, Wendy; a granddaughter, Julia Polack and a sister, Martha Phillips Hupp (Mrs. A. T. III, Morgantown). Several nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to attend a musical concert to celebrate her life on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, 905 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003 with Dr. George B. Kurtz, III officiating. Interment at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, National Road at Bethany Pike, Wheeling. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rachael Worby Scholarship Fund, c/o Wheeling Symphony Orchestra- 1025 Main Street, Suite 811, Wheeling, WV 26003, or the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts, or the West Virginia University Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, C/O West Virginia University Foundation- 1 Waterfront Place, P.O. Box 1650, 7th Floor, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650.
Guestbook Entries (3)
byAlison Keown Rockwell
July 5, 2007
I'm not sure why I looked for you ""all"" . . .
fond memories, I guess ! I so loved your Mother
and Dad . . .( you were okay too! )my Uncle Bunt
and Aunt Ruth. Since both my parents were only
children, your parents ""felt"" like my real aunt
and uncle ! I remember all our visits to your
home, Chief biting me, and your Grandfather
fixing my broken arm in the Wheeling Hospital. He
showed me my broken bones on this screen in his
office, and I had to stay overnight. I remember
the girl in the bed next to me, who was very,
very sick. Your Mother sat with me on the floor
of the powder room the day I fell and broke my
arm, until your Grandfather called to tell her
what to do with me ! I always wished we lived
May 12, 2003
April 15, 2003