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Pauline "Polly" Joyce McAllister, 83 of Ottumwa died at 2:29 a.m. April 5, 2017 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
She was born December 5, 1933 in Ottumwa, IA to John and Helen Canny Zesiger. She married Jack McAllister, Sr. They later divorced.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1954, she was a bookkeeper at Woolworths in her younger years. She worked at Tommy's Used Clothing and for Ottumwa Community Schools.
She was a member of Pennsylvania Ave. Free Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Jackie (Linda) McAllister of Marshalltown and Terry (Sharon) McAllister of Washington; two daughters, Kathy McAllister of Ottumwa and Karen (Phil) Bruch of Omaha, NE; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; a sister, Donna Guest; a brother Jerry (Mary) Zesiger; a brother-in-law, Ed Hamm and a sister-in-law, Norma Zesiger all of Ottumwa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Jack, Richard and Jim Zesiger and two sisters, Barbara Hamm and June Ryan.
Her body has been cremated.
Graveside services and inurnment will be held at Memorial Lawn Cemetery at a later date.
Reece Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published on  April 6, 2017
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