Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Polly Gamble Obituary

Polly Gamble passed away on April 15. Polly was active in not only Community UCC but also its predecessor the United Church of Raleigh. Here is an excerpt from Polly's obituary ...

In 1959, Erling, Polly, and their daughters moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Polly made a dear friend in Lizzie W. Jobe (Mrs. Levi H. Jobe). To this day, Mrs. Jobe's granddaughter, Melissa Michos, is considered to be one of "the Gamble girls." Polly soon became active in the United Church of Christ (now Community United Church of Christ), the NCSU Graduate Student Wives organization which sponsored English classes for newly arrived wives of foreign graduate students, and the Girl Scouts. In the 1960's Polly was one of a group of ladies from the United Church who collaborated with ladies from other churches to help integrate Umstead/Reedy Creek Park by co-sponsoring a multi-racial Vacation Bible School in the park.

Lizzie Jobe and the events described in this excerpt play prominent roles in our church history. A good overview of this period can be found in the 4-part narrative video story of CUCC found in our archive. The period described in the paragraph above is covered in parts 2 and 3 of the 4-part series.