Mary Bowen Polk, a longtime summer resident of Harthaven in Oak Bluffs, died on March 25 in Delray Beach, Fla. at the age of 87.
She was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Pawtucket, R.I., to Marguerite Searles Bowen and Edward Collyer Bowen. Mary graduated from the Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton in 1939 and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I., in 1943. She married Alvar W. Polk, Jr. in 1961, and they spent their time between Needham, Oak Bluffs, and Boynton Beach, Fla. She was a member of the Edgartown Golf Club and the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club. She loved to travel, play golf, garden, and collect sea glass on the beach.
She is survived by her husband, Alvar "Jim" Polk Jr. of Delray Beach, Fla.; her niece, Meredith McLaughlin of Keswick, Va.; her nephew, Edward Bowen McLauglin of Vero Beach, Fla.; her step children, Judith Anne Ryan of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Diane Polk Morgan of Oak Bluffs, and David Edgar Polk of West Hartford, Conn. Mary also leaves one great-nephew, two great-nieces, six great-great-nieces and nephews, nine step-grandsons and six great-step grandchildren.