HIGH POINT — Pauline Elizabeth Agner Coltrane, known to all as “Polly,” passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, April 21, 2021. Blessed with a long and happy life for more than 95 years, Polly’s greatest joy was her family and her two boys.
Polly was born in High Point, NC, to Ada Ward Agner and Charlie Lee Agner of Rowan County. Being an only child of two involved parents, she learned to be equally proficient at cooking amazing holiday meals, tailoring suits or dresses, working on cars & repairing most any broken device, gardening and taking care of animals. Following her graduation from high school, she spent 17 years as the bookkeeper for Koonce Funeral Home in High Point; and after stopping to raise her family, she then served for 17 years as the office manager and bookkeeper for Tempo Fabrics in High Point. After retirement, she was especially fond of traveling and shopping.
Polly was energetic in spending her time and talents to help her loved ones and to provide guidance to those who needed a little love, including the kids that she mothered and brought into her home. She was called the best mother in the world on more than a few occasions.
Polly and her parents were active members of the former Calvary United Methodist Church in High Point; and she later joined Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Archdale (where she served as Treasurer for over 15 years) and then attended Covenant Church United Methodist in High Point for many years. She had a deep and abiding faith in God.
Above all, Polly was a dedicated mom who cherished her sons. She leaves behind her son and his wife, Chas & Rebecca Coltrane of Greensboro, NC; their son and Polly’s grandson, Chasen Coltrane; her son, Barry Coltrane of Eau Claire, WI; her first cousin (who is like her sister), Hazel Elliott of China Grove, NC; and extended family and dear friends. She looked forward to meeting in heaven her parents, grandparents, aunt, uncles, cousins, friends and a multitude of beloved pets.
For the last 13 years of her life, Polly resided at Abbotswood at Irving Park where she enjoyed her many friends and the caring staff—and they loved Miss Polly. She was simply a sweet lady who showed affection to all. Despite her health problems over the past 30 years, Polly was determined to get well, stay positive and enjoy life to the fullest. And as much as she loved her boys (sons and grandson-she was so proud of them), she adored Rebecca, the daughter she always wanted.
Forbis & Dick Funeral Service will host a celebration of life memorial service on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. at 1118 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC, followed by a burial service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, SPCA of the Triad and United Way of Greater High Point.
Polly is profoundly missed, but her example and legacy continue.