PADUCAH, KY - Polly Tucker Fowler, 83, of Paducah, passed away peacefully after a very brief illness at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at Western Baptist Hospital.
Mrs. Fowler was born on October 30, 1928 in St. Louis, MO. She passionately enjoyed physical activity and athletics throughout her life. As a teenager, she was the first female lifeguard at the Noble Park swimming pool. She later majored in physical education at Murray State University, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen in the late 1940’s. She taught physical education and coached athletics at St. Mary High School in Paducah, where she also served for a time as Assistant Principal. An avid tennis player, Polly gained the reputation in Paducah of being one of the top female players in the game. In 1976, comedian, Bill Cosby requested to play a round of tennis while he was in Paducah for an event at Tilghman High School. A doubles tennis match was arranged at the Country Club of Paducah which paired Polly and tennis pro Paul Rowton against Cosby and Edna Hipp (who was considered another top-notch female player at the time). Cosby failed to show any good humor when Polly and Paul trounced their opponents in the match. Polly served on the Session of First Presbyterian Church and supported a number of community and charitable causes, as well as the arts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Frances Tucker; her sister, Jo Ann Wyatt and her husband of twenty years, Dr. Merle Fowler.
She is survived by two loving families; her sons, Bill Usher and Alan Usher and wife Amy all of Louisville, KY; grandsons, Ryan Usher of Atlanta, GA, Patrick Usher and William Usher III both of Louisville, KY; her Paducah stepfamily, Nancy Black and husband Bill, Anne Gwinn and husband Jim, Bill Fowler and several step grand and great grandchildren.
A memorial graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in Mt. Kenton Cemetery with Rev. Lynn Shurley officiating. There will be no visitation. Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to: First Presbyterian Church 200 North 7th St. Paducah, KY 42001; Bellewood Home for Children 3160 Parisa Dr. Suite E. Paducah, KY 42003 and to: Paducah Cooperative Ministry 1359 South 6th St. Paducah, KY 42003
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