HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.—Arden R. Polhill, 84, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, suddenly and unexpectedly at home with her husband at her side.

Arden was born June 5, 1936, in Freeport, to Fred John (Bud) Jr. and Echo (Hyde) Rhodes, and spent her youth in Mount Carroll. She attended the University of Illinois, was a recipient of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society award for first year academic excellence and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She graduated from Moser Secretarial School in Chicago in 1955.

Arden married N. Lee Polhill on Nov. 22, 1956, in Mount Carroll. Lee survives as do sons Thomas A. (Anne) Polhill of Bluffton, S.C., and Tyler R. Polhill of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Arden was a meticulous homemaker and master of moves as Lee's corporate career took them to Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. Arden had a flair for culinary pursuits and her home was always a comfortable and welcoming haven. She always found time for worthwhile volunteer work. She was an avid bridge player and voracious reader.

In spite of a most busy schedule, the family always came first — loving wife, nurturing mother, cherishing relatives. Close friendships developed freely. She was a devout Christian.

Arden and Lee retired to Hilton Head Island in 1998 and joined St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church and Oyster Reef Golf Club. Bridge groups, book club, volunteer activity, church work, travel, and getting together with many friends around the country and across the globe made retirement a joy.

Arden is survived by sisters, Bobbe (Robert) Maynes of Burlington, Vt., and Bonnie Umland, of Portland, Ore; brothers/sisters-in-law Allen R. (Pat) Polhill of Milledgeville and Ray L. (Marna) Polhill, Charlotte, N.C.; and many adoring nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be directed to St. Andrew By-The-Sea UMC/Soup Kitchen (, 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head, S.C., 29928, or a charity of choice.

Keith Funeral Services is assisting the family. Services are pending.