Greenport resident Marie M. Polk, known as Maggie, died March 15 at Eastern Long Island Hospital. She was 86.
She was born May 15, 1925, in Brooklyn to Edward and Maria (Zaengle) Magenheimer and grew up in Hollis, Queens. After earning a bachelor’s degree, she became the shoe editor at Good Housekeeping magazine.
She married Edward M. Polk on Aug. 28, 1948, and they moved to Glen Cove in 1958. She was the first woman to run for mayor in Glen Cove and the first woman to serve as president of the Glen Cove Lions Club and receive its Lion of the Year award.
Ms. Polk was also co-chair of the 1968 Glen Cove Tricentennial, Glen Cove city historian, special assistant to Mayor Alan Parente, editor of the Glen Cove Record Pilot, director of public relations for Girl Scouts of Nassau County, media specialist for Girl Scouts of the USA and director of public relations at Adelphi University.
She moved in 2002 to Peconic Landing in Greenport, where she was founding editor of the Peconic Landing Crier, the community’s newsletter. She also founded the P&L Railroad, a model railroad display built and run by the residents, which they displayed to their families and guests on weekends and holidays.
Predeceased by her husband, Ms. Polk is survived by her daughters, Nancy King, Karen, Victoria Polk-Lotito and Teresa Politi, and four grandsons. She was also predeceased by her sister, Ruth Tierney.
A service was held March 17 at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport, Father Tom Murray officiating. Cremation was private. Arrangements were handled by Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport.
Donations may be made to Girl Scouts of Nassau County, 110 Ring Road West, Garden City, NY 11530.