Madill — Pauline Devin Gray was born Dec. 5, 1918, in Marble, Ark., to James B. and Martha Eppes (Howell) Devin. She made her heavenly journey on Friday, June 15, at the age of 99.
Pauline had very faint memories of her early life in Arkansas and the trip to Oklahoma. Her fourth birthday passed while the family was on the road from Arkansas to Oklahoma in three covered wagons containing their mother, dad and eight of the children. They settled in the Powell community where they farmed.
Pauline finished the first eight grades at the Powell Rural School and then rode a school bus approximately 30 miles to attend Madill High School.
On graduating from Madill high school in 1938 as Valedictorian, Pauline attended Murray State Junior College for three semesters. She then transferred to Southeastern Oklahoma State University and attended a semester and a summer term to qualify for a one-year teacher’s certificate. After becoming qualified, Pauline began her teaching career in the Powell grade school where she had attended her first eight grades.
After teaching two years, Pauline was married to Earl Edward Gray on Jan. 25, 1942, in Marshall County. Pauline and Earl moved to McAllen, Texas, where Earl farmed and Pauline taught school. Three children were born to this couple. The first one, a boy named Wendyl Earl, died during birth. The other two were girls, Paula Jean and Phyllis Lynn.
The family returned to Marshall County in 1950 where Earl became a rancher and a real estate broker while Pauline completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She then taught business subjects at Kingston High School until her retirement in 1981.
In the later years of her teaching career at Kingston, Pauline began to sponsor the school yearbook. She took great pride in helping her students publish a high-quality yearbook. She also learned photography and taught her students how to take and develop pictures.
Pauline always had a love for history of her community and of her family. In 1976, she researched and interviewed many of the prominent founding families of the Kingston community and wrote their stories, which were published in the local paper, as part of the bi-centennial celebrations. Pauline was active in the Marshall County Historical and Genealogy Society and assisted in the compilation of the Marshall County History to celebrate the 100 years of Oklahoma statehood that was published in 2007. In 1987, after 10 years of research, she published a 450 page book detailing her family genealogy.
Pauline came from a large family of six boys and five girls whom she loved dearly. She was also very close to Earl’s family even after his death. The family is comforted by the fact that there is a wonderful reunion going on in heaven as she has joined all those who have gone on before her.
Earl and Pauline travelled extensively during his lifetime, and after his death, Pauline continued to travel. She reached the goal of visiting every state, as well as Mexico, Canada, Israel and much of Europe.
With all her interests and activity, Pauline always had a great love for her immediate family. She enjoyed getting together with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews on holidays and other special occasions. She was loved and appreciated by all the members of her family.
Her greatest legacy has been her love for our Lord, Jesus Christ. Her example to her family, friends and former students has been unwavering through the years. She attended the First Assembly of God church in Madill, where she served and worshipped faithfully. It is because of her faith we are confident that she is today having a heavenly reunion with her family and friends who have gone before. They are together again.
She is survived by her daughters: Paula Downing of Kingston, Phyllis Morse and husband Ray Morse, of Madill. Also survived by her special nephew, Luther Vickers, whom she loved like a son.
Her grandchildren are Brett Downing and wife MaDeena, of North Richland Hills, Texas, Bryan Downing of Fort Worth, Texas, Cassie Pugh and husband Bobby, of Little Elm, Texas.
Great-grandchildren are Chase Downing and Shelby Downing of North Richland Hills, Texas, and Caleigh Pugh of Little Elm, Texas.
Pauline had many nieces and nephews and former students whom she loved and who loved her in return. She also had two caregivers, Debi Schoonover and Tiffanie Hamlin, who loved and cared for her at the end of her journey.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Earl, her son, Wendyl, who died at birth, and granddaughter, Amy Morse. She was also preceded by all of her six brothers, four sisters, their spouses and all of Earl’s nine siblings with the exception of Glen.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Watts Memorial Chapel, Madill. Pastor Weldon Wright and Rev. Jeff Manuel will officiate the service. Music arranged by Sue Brumley. Interment will be at Powell Cemetery, Powell. Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill.
Casket bearers will be Johnny Raper, Ron Darnell, Phillip Gray, Brett Downing, Bryan Downing and Bobby Pugh.
Honorary Casket Bearers are Basil Devin and Larry Williford.
Memorials may be given to the First Assembly of God Benevolent Fund, 209 E Overton St, Madill, OK 73446.
Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.