Ethel May Polillo

     Ethel May Polillo passed away unexpectedly on Christmas Day, 2011.
     She was born Feb. 1, 1928, to Alexander Spence and Ethel May Vanderkar in Ellensburg, Wash. The family moved to Weippe, where her father was a logger and her mother owned and ran the local cafe. After graduating from Weippe High School in 1946, Ethel married her high school sweetheart, Roscoe Glenn Snyder, and they had two children, Kathleen and Steven. Roscoe died in 1948 and Steven died in 1950.
     In 1955 Ethel married Clyde Pryor, affectionately known as Mr. Pryor by all. They were married for 12 years before Mr. Pryor passed away in 1967. Ethel was a career postal employee, working her way up from postal clerk in Weippe and Lewiston to postmaster in Othello, Wash., and Seaside, Ore. The majority of her career was spent at the post office in Richland. In 1972 Ethel married a fellow career Postal Service employee. The two of them have lived in Kennewick since 1974. In 2004, Ethel's beloved daughter Kathleen passed away unexpectedly.
     As an avid gardener, Ethel displayed her passion for flowers in her beautiful garden on Canal Drive. Ethel loved spending time with the Red Hat Society ladies, solving crossword puzzles and staying in contact with her many friends and family on Facebook. She had an incredible antique doll collection, which was her hobby for years.
     Ethel was the best wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother in the world. The family loved her advice, wisdom, stories, hugs and candor. She was truly loved by all and will be deeply missed.
     Ethel is survived by her husband; his children; her son-in-law; granddaughters; great-grandchildren; her sister; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Roscoe Snyder and Clyde Pryor; her children, Steven and Kathleen; and her brother, Al Spence.
     Funeral services will be held graveside at 1 p.m. Friday in Weippe. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart Association.
     The family invites you to sign their online guest book at

The Lewiston Tribune, December 29, 2011, p. 5C
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock

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