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HOULTON - Polly Anna Duff-Hebert, 48 years of age, died August 22,2015 after a brief illness. She was born in Houlton, Maine on January 18, 1967, the daughter of Arnold C. and Viola M. (Cassidy) Duff.

Polly attended Houlton Schools and graduated from Houlton High School in 1985. She attended the University of Maine at Machias and Presque Isle. Polly worked for Shop N' Save, Burrells and Steego Auto Parts as a Secretary and Book Keeper. But, the two jobs that brought her much joy was that of a devoted mother and wife.

Throughout her life, Polly participated in the Houlton Council of Catholic Women, she volunteered her time to read with students at Houlton Elementary School, she taught Faith Formation classes to children preparing for their First Communion and Confirmation, she volunteered at the Town of Houlton Voting Polls, she volunteered her time and energy to various activities within the Houlton Community, and Home Schooled her three beautiful children.

Polly married the love of her life, Todd on September 5, 1998 at Saint Mary of the Visitation Church. They spent 17 years together creating marvelous memories and adding to their wonderful family of three children. Together they very carefully laid a loving and spiritual foundation for their little family. Polly lived her life knowing that an individual can plan their life course, but...the Lord directs one's steps; (Proverbs 16:9). Her life's creed was to love all, trust few, and harm no one.

Polly was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a teacher, and most importantly, a mother. She was fervent in her passionate love of her family. And when her children were around, she would light up any room with a glow of a Mother's love. In her mind and heart, her cup runneth over with the love of a good man coupled with her finest achievement, her three children. Polly's elite ability as a mother was matched by her unwavering kindness, personal character, and genuine humility. She made every day an adventure filled with life, love, and laughter.

Polly Anna is survived by her husband Todd, her three children, son Patrick Arnold, daughters Helen Marie and Lucy Ann, five remaining siblings, brother Joseph A. Duff and wife Brenda of Houlton, Susan (Suzie) A. Duff of Searsport, Maine, Mary A. Duff, Molly A. Duff, and Julie (Jules) A. Duff all of Houlton, four nieces, Heather Guimond and husband David of Atlanta, Georgia, Kristen Young and her husband Steven of Atlanta, Georgia, Kimberly Kennedy and husband Jamie of Alton, Sarah Duff and fiancee Tony of Boston, great nieces Abigail and Sydney Young and great nephew Nathan Guimond. Plus a very special Sister In-Law, Joan Duff of Atlanta, Georgia. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Michael A. Duff, her sister Lucy A. Duff, her mother-in-law Linda Thibodeau and both of her Maternal and Paternal Grandparents.

Friends may call 5-8 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Dunn Funeral Home, Houlton, Maine. There will be a private Holy Rosary for Family only. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Saint Mary of the Visitation Church, Houlton, Maine, with Father David Raymond celebrant. A reception of celebration will immediately follow the service at Parish Center, Houlton. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Donations may be made payable to the Eastern Maine Medical Center's Intensive Care/Hospice Unit, Eastern Maine Medical Center Oncology Unit, the Faith Formation Program at Saint Mary of the Visitation Church, Cary Library, the Todd Hebert Family, and/or a charity of one's choice c/o Dunn's Funeral Home,11 Park Street, Houlton, Maine 04730. Online condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com
Published on  August 25, 2015
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