Dr. Pauline “Polly” Slovak, 95, of Monticello, passed away on January 26, 2020 at Belle View Nursing & Rehab in Monticello.

She was born on March 31, 1924, in the Cooper’s Chapel community in Titus County, Texas to the late Raymond Anderson and Randie Vaught Anderson.

She was the widow of Bill Slovak, a retired English professor at Eastfield Community College, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, Texas. She received a doctorate degree in English at Commerce Texas University and wrote some short stories.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one son, Vanoy Wilbanks; two granddaughters, Lisa Wilbanks and Traci Wilbanks Burris; three brothers, Donald Anderson, James Anderson and Lloyid Anderson; and one sister, Lula Fay Shurbet.

Her philosophy of life was: If you desire to do something, go for it! She was never a bashful person and this motto has worked for her. She always wished to be aware of other people’s feeling, appreciating the good things in life, especially family, friends, and nature. She always would say we should enjoy life and all it has to offer: love and peace and happiness and that we should encourage others in their personal endeavors and always be kind.

Survivors include a son, Lavell Wilbanks of Monticello; a sister, Beth Wilhite of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; a brother, Charles “Choc” Anderson (Margie) of Abilene, Texas; three grandchildren, Tiger Wilbanks (Dianne) of Conway, Tonya Gavin (Ray) of Woodlawn and Chris Wilbanks (Jonnie) of Rogers; two daughters-in-law, Carolyn Cater of Rock Springs and Gloria Wilbanks of Monticello; twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 31, at 2 p.m. at Cooper’s Chapel Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.