Polly Elizabeth Pierson Gooch
Polly Elizabeth Pierson Gooch
  • October 12, 1926 - October 12, 2017
  • Washington, District Of Columbia

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Polly died peacefully with family by her side on October 12, 2017, her 91st birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Gooch and son Ellis. Survivors include son Everett and his wife Nancy; daughter Ellen and her spouse Julie, granddaughter Katelyn, nephew Richard Radhe and his wife Karin; nephew Bill Radhe and his wife Sue Ellen; niece Anne Kerwin and her husband Eddie and many other family members and friends she called family.

Services will be held October 21st at 2pm at Forest Hills of DC (formerly The Methodist Home of DC), 4901 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.

Polly was born in Miami, FL in 1926 to Emma and Everett Pierson. When Polly and her sister Pat were young, the family moved to the Washington, DC area.

Polly always had an adventurous spirit. She rode horses, flew planes, taught dance lessons, traveled across county, and enjoyed other athletic activities.

She was a graduate of Sherwood High School in Olney, MD. And graduated from UNC Women’s College in Chapel Hill, NC, with a degree in physical education.

She used her physical education skills to run a children’s summer camp and to teach physical education at Chevy Chase Women’s College.

She started her own business called The Hospitality Desk, providing activities and tours for families of people traveling to the DC area for conferences. One of her regular clients was the convention for the National Candy Wholesalers Association.

In her early 20s, Polly became a real estate investor. She continued to buy, sell, and rent properties her entire life.

In 1959, she married Ralph Gooch and devoted herself to raising their three children Everett, Ellen, and Ellis. She was very involved in all her children’s activities, including scouting, swimming, and PTA. She made their house in Bethesda the one where every kid in the neighborhood wanted to hang out.

Polly’s passions in later life included caring for friends, throwing spontaneous parties, sunflowers, dancing, and especially ice cream.

Polly knew no strangers. She will be fondly remember for her quick wit, kind spirit and her love for life, people, and animals.

If you would like to honor Polly, please make a donation to your local animal charity.