Magaret Mary Jackson was born in the small factory town of Chorley in Lancashire, a county in Great Britain, on Sept. 12, 1941, at the height of WWII.Following primary school, she attended Wigan Technical School where she learned Elocution and secretarial skills. She married John Kenneth Polding, had her first son John Michael Polding, then a few years later moved to Danvers, MA in 1973 and had her second son, Jason J. Polding. She was divorced in 1975 and moved to Seabrook, NH, then finally to Amesbury, where she would call home for the rest of her life. "Mikki," as she had become to be known by her friends and coworkers, began her second career as a wait person shortly after she moved to Amesbury. She worked at the T-Bar, the Mill, and bartended at the Carriage Wheel. She also worked at Mr Mike's in Haverhill, the Amesbury Playhouse, and Ronaldos on Hampton Beach. She had to undergo knee replacement surgery in 1993 so she retired from waitressing and worked in Newburyport at Headlines Boutique and the Best of British shop. After requiring another knee replacement and a hip replacement, she fully retired. Hard work ethic, generous nature, grace, funny, talented and selflessness - these are the words that could describe Mikki. She made wherever she was a little bright by her presence. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and also a great friend.
She is survived by her youngest son, Jason J. Polding and many nieces and nephews who live in the United Kingdom and New York. She joins her husband John Kenneth Polding and her son John Michael Polding who had passed away 10 and nine years ago, respectively.
Calling hours are held on Thursday, January 18, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., Amesbury. All are invited to attend.
Published on January 14, 2018