(02/05/2005)
Well-known Calhoun educator Tessa Tennant Poling, formerly of Russett, has died at 100 in Davidsonville MD.

She had taught in the Calhoun school system for 39 years.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and had a bachelor's degree from Glenville State College, graduating with honors. She obtained an M.A. from West Virginia University.

Ms. Poling was a life member of the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees, Glenville State College Alumni Association, West Virginia University Alumni Association and a member of National Retired Teacher's Association.

She was a charter member of Phoebe Cunningham chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and a charter member of Alpha Iota of Alpha Delta Kappa, the international honorary sorority for women educators.

She was a member of the Calhoun County Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grantsville and the Fell Kennedy Sunday school class.

She has lived in Davidsonville with her daughter, Kathryn, since October 2000. She had previously lived at Russett.

She was born Nov. 11, 1904, in Rivesville, W.Va., the daughter of the late William and Edith Boor Tennant.

Surviving a sister, Mabel Kinter (102) of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Kathryn Sprouse of Davidsonville and Edith Yeager of Sewickley, Pa.; two granddaughters, Jennifer Anderson of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Susan Coyle of Sewickley, Pa.; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Tessa-Estelle Coyle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, educator Corel Poling in 1984 and seven brothers and sisters.

Services will be private and burial will be at Bethlehem Cemetery.

Arrangements by George P. Kalas Funeral Home, Edgewater, Md.


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