Pollard, Wendy

Wendy Salyers Pollard

November 21, 1968 - June 1, 2017

Wendy Salyers Pollard passed away peacefully on June 1, 2017.

For the last year of her life, Wendy waged a valiant battle against cancer. Through her family and friends, God sent an army of angels to love, support, and lift her up.  Her loved ones marveled as day, after day, after day, Wendy fought with the heart of a lion. Those who shared that time with her were profoundly blessed.
 In keeping with the way she lived, Wendy left this life on her own terms. Secure in her faith in God, and wrapped in love, she found that perfect peace.
 She was special from the moment Mike and Barb Salyers welcomed her into their family in Genoa, Nebraska, on November 21, 1968. They loved, protected and nurtured her. When they sent her out in the world, she had an intrinsic grace and elegance, a generous heart, and a joyful spirit.  She stood solidly on the foundation of her faith in God.  Her wit and sense of humor were a delight.  The sound of her laugh and the sparkle in her eyes were uniquely her own.
 Wendy had a lifelong commitment to fitness and healthy living.  She was a seeker of knowledge and counted teaching as one of the great blessings in her life.  She treasured the people she found through this journey.
 Wendy was generous and lit from within.  People were drawn to that light in a way that was magical. Somehow, no matter what was needed, they seemed to be able to find it in Wendy.  They were warmed in her presence and walked away improved.
 In Dallas, Texas, Jim Pollard and Wendy found each other. They were married on March 12, 1994.  They joined hands and began building their life together.  Theirs was a home full of laughter, music and love.  They surrounded themselves with growing things, animals who were part of the family, and lots and lots of chickens.
 Into this idyllic world they brought Charless, Sophia and Tripp.  The years that followed were literally drenched with blessings and bounty.  So many Christmas mornings, meals shared around a table, discussions of all things great and small.  There were prayers and bedtime stories, first steps, and squabbles between the girls. Then came volleyball games, dirt bikes, first dates and driving lessons. Through it all, there were knowing looks and secret smiles between loving parents.  Wendy made certain that they all kept God close, and praised Him in all they did. 
Motherhood was the greatest joy in Wendy’s life.  She touched her children tenderly, protected them ferociously, and loved them beyond measure.
The union between Jim and Wendy was deep and abiding as they faced the cruelest of all tests. They stood side by side, and arm in arm as they went to war with cancer.  She was his quiet strength. He was her warrior.
When you’ve grown accustomed to the light, the void is devastating.  By example, Wendy showed us to trust in God fundamentally and completely, and know that, through Him, we will be made whole again.  Until then, we hold fast to the blessing that Wendy lives on through her children and all those who loved her.
 Godspeed Wendy. Thank you.
 Wendy is preceded in death by: Her grandparents Dean and Mabel Salyers and Rolland and Berniece McQuiston. Jim’s parents and brother Frank, Martha and Mark Pollard.
 She is survived by: Her family Jim, Charless, Sophia and Tripp Pollard. Her parents Mike and Barb Salyers of Harvard, Nebraska.  Sisters: Lisa Krieger and husband Dave of Decatur, Texas.  Sarah Jones and husband Jeff of Kearney, Nebraska. Nieces and nephews: Michael Krieger and wife Brittany of Golden, Colorado; Taylor Krieger and son Lincoln of Dallas, Texas; Colin and Addyson Jones of Kearney, Nebraska. Sister-in-law Lisa Pollard. The extended Charless family: Lori and Robert Upham and family; Brandon and Suzanne Beck and family; Kyle and Tisha Beck and family.  And loving aunts, uncles and cousins who shared treasured memories. 
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 315 N. Church Street, McKinney, Texas 75069, with Dr. Thomas Brumett officiating.  Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas.  A reception will be held at Noah’s, 351 Southwind Lane, Fairview, Texas 75069 following the interment.
Pallbearers: Patrick Burke, Frank Cortese, Kevin Hopson, Steve Howard, Travis Klosterboer, Russ Monroe, Larry Tooker and Jason Stamboulieh
Honorary Pallbearers: Brandon Beck, Kyle Beck, Pierce Beck, Ramsey Fanous, Dave Krieger, Michael Krieger, Robert Upham and Slade Upham
The family gratefully asks that donations be made to:  

Wendy Pollard Charitable Foundation

c/o Russ Monroe, Treasurer

630 Maple Creek Drive

Fairview, TX 75069

Donations can be made via gofundme.com at https://www.gofundme.com/wendy-pollard-charitable-foundation  

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My heart goes out to you and your family. Wendy was beautiful young lady. Judy Allen Wilson, September 4, 2019 Sweet Wendy, You will forever be remembered as the athletic and strong Zumba instructor with the brightest smile & warmest heart. You are dancing in heaven with your beautiful spirit! -Hong Hong, June 17, 2017 In just the short time I got to spend with Wendy she was such a strong and beautiful spirit. One I will never forget! I pray for her eternal peace and the families strength during the difficult times ahead. God Bless! LaToya, June 13, 2017 We are deeply saddened for the loss of our friend and neighbor Wendy. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. Her smile would light up any room. Our thoughts and prayers are with her dear family. Toinette & Lonnie Tillinghast, June 6, 2017 Wendy was a beautiful soul. I am heart broken. She is with my mother now and all those that fought the fight against this horrible disease called cancer. Dawn Hart, June 5, 2017 I am honored to have known Wendy and teach classes with her. She was truly a blessing to everyone and she will be missed. May God give her eternal rest and the family strength during this sad time. Carla Rosenberg, June 5, 2017 Jim & family, Mike & Barb & family, I am so saddened by Wendy's passing. She was such a beautiful person with the character of a saint. We had so many good times together at the Nebraska State Capitol as pages and then working together for our Senators. Being in each other's weddings, sharing phone calls & emails, and bragging about our babies kept us connected. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Becky Harre Erdkamp, June 5, 2017 So sorry for your loss, heaven gained another angel. If you need anything please contact us! Venus Snedecor, June 5, 2017 From all the staff at Chapman's we send our heart felt condolences on the passing Wendy. Chapman's Cad Designs, June 5, 2017 There is a reason so many people refer to her as "my Wendy." Wendy is so involved in all good things, when those paths cross and people are talking of the infectious, precious Wendy, they stop and say "Wait, are you talking about MY Wendy??" We know Wendy's heart belonged to Jim and her kids, but oh how lucky were those who felt so touched by her grace to feel special enough to claim her as part of us, too. Thank you, Jim, Charless, Sophia and Tripp for sharing her with us and the world. Our intentions to honor and love her come from the authentic and pure love she exuded and taught us about. I promise to honor her always, for you guys and for her. She is a very special gift that is rare and will never ever be forgotten and forever treasured. There is no one like Wendy, and I know she will never leave your side.
Leila Willingham, June 4, 2017
Wendy was such a beautiful person on the inside and out. She has this sweet personality that both glowed and was contagious. She was one of those people that God gave a gift of Joy to. She was infectious. If ever anyone had a bad day and saw Wendy she didn't even have to say anything or know what was going on she just made everything feel like it was going to be ok. She was also the strongest women I have ever met and I strive to be half as strong as she was. She showed love and she loved people. She was always so proud of her family and raised some amazing kids with her husband. She will be greatly missed but I know shes in Heaven which means she has no sickness and is in a place so much greater than here well never grasp its beauty. I know when I hear even part of her Zumba songs from now on I will always feel shes near. Wendy we love you so much and miss you so much. Taylor Trupp, June 4, 2017 Jim, I cannot imagine what you and your family are going through now. I do know that you WILL be the strength that your kids need right now. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything you need. Steven Gillmer, June 4, 2017 Wendy was such a bright light to everyone and we were all better for having known her! She had a way of making each person feel special. A kind and beautiful soul has left her earthly bonds and heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Keep dancing in heaven sweet Wendy! Prayers to the family and all the many friends who loved her. God bless. Lori Sheffieck, June 4, 2017 One of the most loving caring young women I ever met.. rest in peace Wendy Tina Stemper Patrick, June 4, 2017 <3 Kurt Voorhees, June 4, 2017 Wendy will live on in my heart because she was one of the most special women I have ever known. I have been a member of her "fan club" since the first time I took her Zumba class many years ago. There are no words to describe my appreciation for the motivation, energy and effort that she put into her classes. She had such a talent at making exercise so much fun! Beyond that, she was a huge resource for any and all things healthy. She helped me be a better, healthier me and I will forever be grateful for that! Her strength, faith and determination this last year have been astounding and I miss her dearly. I pray for her friends and family to find strength and peace. We are all blessed to have even known such a special person. Barrett Klein, June 3, 2017 Jim we are lifting you and your family up in prayer.. Please know God's love will make you strong as you navigate the coming days and months. Sincerely, Perry Kay Perry Kay Haley Brown, June 3, 2017 Like many, ever since Wendy got sick, I have been waiting and wondering when she would come back. Wendy and I are the same age, and have been teaching fitness in the same clubs for a really long time. Since our children are also the same age, we often talked about some similarities and shared the joy and the challenges of mother hood. She often gave me good advice! I asked about her prognosis many times, but when I never received and answer from anyone, I was still not ready to think anything else but that she was coming back. Every Saturday I reached the top of the stairs to go teach my class, and would look down to see if "today was the Saturday that Wendy was back". Today, I could not help myself but to do the same thing even though I knew the answer. I had to take a moment to remember that no matter how choked up it made me when I looked in that room, it was not even a molecule of a drop of what you guys are feeling. You will remain in my prayers, and thank you for letting us have that tiny piece of your angel each time we saw her. Blessings. Jill Barrett Scott, June 3, 2017 Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. We know Barb and Mike Salyers. They were the wonderful neighbors of my cousin, Ruth Hamburger. Blessings to you. Mary Ann & Ed Newman, June 3, 2017 My heart and my prayers are with all of Wendy's family. She truly was someone you were drawn to and a teacher of all things good. She made you want to work harder in every Zumba class and her energy was contagious! Through her journey with cancer, she taught me so much about Faith. I can honestly say she is the toughest woman I know. I cherish my memories with her and she will live on in my heart always and forever.
Liz Smith, June 3, 2017
Praying for the family! God truly picked one of his best flowers in the garden! Angela Tucker, June 3, 2017 I was blessed to know Wendy. My thoughts and prayers for the Pollard family. Tracey Adams, June 3, 2017 What a delight it was for me to have crossed paths with Wendy! I am grateful to have known her and love that she was able to help us with McGowen's Good News Club for one semester. Her smile and upbeat personality were contagious. My love and prayers are with your family. Tricia Wilson, June 3, 2017 What a delight it was to have crossed paths with Wendy! I am so grateful I did. I so appreciated her smile and can do attitude. I especially am thankful for the help she gave us one semester at McGowen's Good News Club. What a blessing to have her on our team! My love and prayers are with your family. Tricia Wilson, June 3, 2017 Praying for God to bring your entire family peace. Knowing she is truly free at home with the Lord brings comfort but doesn't lessen your loss.. remembering you all in thoughts and prayers. Heaven truly gained an angel. Carol Fox, June 3, 2017 Our prayers are with you Jim, Charless, Sophia and Tripp. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Wendy was such a special person and Heaven has truly gained an angel. Stacey, McKenzie and Skylar Hardzog Stacey Hardzog-Davidson, McKenzie Hardzog, Skylar Hardzog, June 3, 2017 So so sorry for your loss my prayers are with your family.I lost my husband last year from cancer also.he is and will be forever in your hearts.
Cindy porter, June 3, 2017 Mike and Barb & Family: My heart goes out to you at the loss of your daughter, Wendy. She was such a happy child, and while I did not know her as an adult, the obituary shows that she followed your example in her life. May God grant you peace knowing she is in His arms and take some of the pain of missing her away. Ann & Bob Wathor, June 3, 2017