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Polly Rhoads

October 13, 1963 — March 18, 2024


Polly Ann (Simpson) Rhoads, age 60, of Crawfordsville, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2024 at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville. She was born in Crawfordsville on October 13, 1963 to the late Austin and Lucille (Hockersmith) Simpson.

Polly graduated from South Montgomery High School in 1982. She married Larry Rhoads on July 25, 2001 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She was currently working at Penguin Random House as a material handler. Polly was a proud and loving grandma who enjoyed spending time with her grandsons. She loved gardening, canning, and traveling. Polly was a perfectionist when it came to making her famous deviled eggs for her family gatherings.

Polly will be deeply missed by her husband, Larry; children, Kayla (Adam Taylor) Rhoads, Lacey (Chris) Ogle, and Kristopher Rhoads; grandsons, Julien, Jethro, and Jericho; sisters, Sallie Hester, Peggy (Brad) Grayson, and Patti (James) McCollum; many nieces and nephews; a special friend Carin Burton; and her granddog, Alek. She was also a chosen mother to Evan Ponto and Olivia Shively.

She was preceded in death by her parents and mother-in-law, June Rhoads.

A visitation will be held for Polly on Friday, March 22, 2024 from 3:00 pm until 6:00pm at Whitesville Chrisitan Church, 3603 S. Ladoga Road in Crawfordsville. A private family service will be held at a later time with Brandon Grayson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Polly's name to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284. Share memories and condolences online at

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