Vera Polk Rodich • September 6, 2017

Vera Polk Rodich, age 80, of Pensacola, beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt, went to be with her Heavenly Father on September 6, 2017.
Born Vera Wilda Polk on May 3, 1937 in Jay, Florida, she graduated from Jay High School in 1955. After working at Chemstrand Fibers for 5 years, she became a fulltime homemaker to raise her two children. Later in life she worked as a childcare teacher and an elementary school aid retiring from the Escambia County School System in 1999 after 13 years of service to the children of the community.
Vera met USAF Staff Sargent Henry Robert (Hank) Rodich in Pensacola, Florida while he was stationed at Eglin AFB. They were married in 1958 and made their permanent home in Pensacola. There they raised two children, Rob and Kim, while maintaining close ties to her family in Jay where many family events and visits took place. While her children were active in youth sports she was a team mother, cheerleading coach, and T-ball coach. She participated in many activities she enjoyed, but time with extended family and children were her most enjoyable pursuits.
Vera was a loyal and active member of Bellview Baptist Church from the time they moved to the Bellview area in 1970. There over the years she was a children’s Sunday school teacher, day care teacher, bible school teacher, a choir member and most recently a member of the Joy Sunday school class.
Vera is preceded in death by her father, Rufus Polk, mother Laura Magaha Polk, brothers Hubert Polk and Henry Polk and step mother, Tennie Polk.
She is survived by her husband Hank Rodich, children Robert Rodich (Jill) and Kimberly Jones (Chris), sisters Elvia Jordan, Alma Settle (Bert); step sister, Louise Gillman; and brother Bill Polk (Dollie), grandchildren Drew Rodich, Reed Rodich, Hayden Jones and Tanner Jones, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and great grandnieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at PENSACOLA MEMORIAL GARDENS FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, September 9, 2017 beginning at 11:00 am till the service begins at 12:00 noon.
Pallbearers will be Deacons of Bellview Baptist Church and Honorary Pallbearers will be the Joy Sunday School Class of Bellview Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

  1. Paula Jones says:

    This wonderful woman will leave a Vera shaped hole in the hearts of many. We who knew her will miss her helping & willing hand and her great sense of humor, but we will cry with hope & the reassurance that we will see her in heaven & once again hear that great laugh. Blessings & Peace for all that only the Lord Jesus Christ can give.

    Paula Jones (Mima)

  2. Louise Gillman says:

    She is also survived by a stepsister, Louise Gillman

  3. Carole Magaha Barnes says:

    Loved my sweet cousin Vera. She looked so much like one of my favorite (and kindest) aunts. We enjoyed the Magaha family reunions in Jay that I helped her and her sisters organize for a number of years. I will miss her sweet smile. It was so special to get to know my cousins better as adults. I am glad she rests in Heaven without pain although we’ll miss her here.

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