Lasting Memories

Jean Pollard
Aug. 31, 1945-Oct. 16, 2020
Pleasanton, CA

Jean Verry Pollard ("Jean Bean"), a long-time resident of Pleasanton, died October 16, 2020 at the age of 75 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Jean was born to Russell and Annie Verry in Wilmington, NC. She graduated from New Hanover High School where she was a member of the marching band. She went on to earn her nursing degree from James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1966. She worked as a registered nurse in Alabama and North Carolina before she met the love of her life and moved to California. She then began her 38-year career at the Veterans Hospital, Livermore Division. She volunteered at the East Bay Stand Down for homeless veterans and would often talk about the time she went to Southern California and helped injured civilians after the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. Jean retired from the VA in 2013. She was honored to care for Americas veterans. After moving to California, she married her "sweetheart' David Pollard, Sr. on October 8, 1977. Together they built a beautiful life and enjoyed boating and fishing together with their family. They loved the holidays and started many traditions that have continued over the years. Jean is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Herrick (Jason) of Pleasanton; step-children: Debra Pollard of Klamath Falls, OR, David Pollard, Jr. of Magalia, CA, Ruth Pollard-Flores (Ron) of Livermore, Shirley Pollard (Eric) of Livermore; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, David in 1999. The beach was Jean’s "happy place." She loved to collect seashells and walk barefoot in the sand. She loved to throw a party for any reason, enjoyed baking holiday goodies and made the best fried chicken. She was a long-time member of GraceWay Church and treasured her bible study group. She enjoyed crocheting, winning at the slot machines and playing bingo and skip-bo. She was known for her beautiful handwriting and perfect hair-never a strand out of place. Her smile could light up a room.