Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Pauline Mae “Polly” Garver, 88, of Wooster passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare surrounded by her family and friends who love her dearly.

Pauline was born on June 11, 1935, in Union Township, Morgan County, Ohio to Tom and Laura Hartley.  She married Edward Conrad in December 1960 who preceded her in death in December 1982.  She married Lowell Garver in August 1987 who also preceded her in death in November 2009.   Mom would often say she was blessed with 2 good husbands during her lifetime.

Pauline was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  She always put the needs of others ahead of her own and was generous to the core.

She was an active member of the Worldwide Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than 52 yrs.   Her love for Jehovah God and deep appreciation for Jesus’ ransom sacrifice moved her to share her faith with others.   Her confidence in God’s promise of a future resurrection on a paradise earth free from sickness, pain, sorrow and death gave her courage to endure. – Psalm 37: 9-11 and Revelation 21: 3,4.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, six sisters and four brothers.

She is survived by her son Joseph Conrad; daughter Lori (Nigel) Gurney; grandsons Joshua (Ana) Conrad and Joey Conrad; granddaughter Chrissy Conrad (Jamie Morris); great grandchildren Madison (Levi) Hogie, Kirsten and Mercedes Pozworski, Gavan and Skye Morris, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and spiritual Brothers and Sisters.

We would like to express our appreciation for the care she received at Wooster Community Hospital and the staff at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare for their kindness and efforts to ease her pain.

Even though our hearts are broken we know it’s only temporary, for we are confident that we shall see her once again in Paradise.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 6, 2024 from 4:00-8:00 pm at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E Larwill St, Wooster.

Memorial Service will be on Saturday May 11, 2024 at 3:00 pm at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3233 Geyers Chapel Rd, Wooster, OH 44691

For those who cannot attend the service in person, it may be viewed on Zoom with Meeting ID:  987 7295 2558 and Passcode:    159 357

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. Polly as i would warmly call her was bubbly and loved Jehovah and his son Jesus.

    I have so many fond memories working with her in field service the laughter and jokes were hilarious.

    I can’t wait to see Polly in the new world smiling and joking and serving our creator forever.

  2. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this sad time.

    She is now At peace and awaiting a resurrection when we all hope to welcome her back with no pain or suffering.

  3. Miss you so much htamma. I love you

  4. Lori & Joey, I have so many wonderful, fun memories of your mother coming to visit when I was a child & as I grew older. Mom (Jean Hickerson) looked forward to her sister (Polly) coming to visit. I would hear them talking & laughing in the kitchen about old times. It was fun to listen! Love, Naomi

  5. Joey & Lori, I have many fond memories of your mother when she came to visit us. She took me for airplane rides on her knees and comforted me during thunderstorms. Jean Hickerson, my mother, looked forward to your mother’s visits. I would listen to Mom and Aunt Polly chatting in the kitchen about the fun memories of old times and the tricks their brothers & sisters would play on them. When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help. As you mourn the loss of your mother, you have my deep sympathy,

  6. Sooo many fond memories of the Milhoan and Conrad families spending fun and meaningful times together! Our love and thoughts are with Joe and Lori and all of their families at this sad and difficult time!

  7. Our whole family has too many wonderful memories of Polly & Lowell to mention here, riding with them to assemblies, being in the ministry together, peanut brittle at goodie night, shooting pool, backing into her car by accident in our own driveway and Polly just laughing it off.

    She sure loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren!!!

    Our sympathy to all of you until their shared hope of paradise on earth 🌍 is realized and we can all be with them again. Isaiah 11:6-9


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