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Pauline V. Polk
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Posted March 23, 2011

Pauline Polk passed away on Friday, March 18, 2011, at the age of 83 in Brady Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Polk was born March 31, 1927, in White Sand, Mississippi, to Otho and Cecile Tynes.

Pauline was an outstanding student, graduating from Poplarville High School at the age of 16. She attended Pearl River Jr. College and graduated from Blue Mountain College at the age of 19. While she was still in school, Pauline began work as a bookkeeper in the family slaughter house business. After college graduation, Mrs. Polk taught high school and later elementary school students. After relocating to San Diego, she enjoyed a career with General Dynamics for many years.

Pauline met her future husband, Jack Polk, in San Diego, CA, on a blind date. They married in 1956. He was passionate about flying antique airplanes and she joined him in getting her pilot’s license. They decided to move back to Mason in 1972 where Jack’s parents, Jack and Stella Polk, ran a cattle ranch. It turned out that Pauline was a natural rancher and really took to the life. They built their home on the ranch and Jack continued his love of flying until his death in 1977. Pauline continued ranching and worked at the Mason County A.S.C.S. office until retirement. She really enjoyed providing assistance to the farmers and ranchers in the county. In 1996, she moved to Hattiesburg, MS, where she reconnected with her siblings and many nieces and nephews that she dearly loved. Pauline returned to Texas in 2005 and lived at the Lewallen House in Brady.

Mrs. Polk loved to read and garden. She was a fabulous cook and seamstress. She always made everything more beautiful and was known for her generosity. Her faith was important and sustained her through life. She regularly attended the Baptist Church when she was able. Three words sum up her life: pray, live, love.

Mrs. Polk is survived by her daughter, Patricia Polk, of San Diego CA, two brothers, Otho "Bug" Tynes, Jr. of Poplarville, MS and Gussie Tynes of Bogalusa, LA, three sisters Verenia Swilley of Mobile, AL, Annette Welch of Mobile, AL, and Mary Williams of Brandon, MS. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Jack Polk, two brothers Walter Tynes and Warren Tynes, Sr., and sisters Mary Catherine Tynes, Lolita Tynes, Jeanette Tynes, and Tudell Tynes.

Funeral services for Mrs. Polk will be at the First Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2011, with Pastor Chad Barnett officiating. Interment will follow in the Gooch Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Andrews, Sean Reardon, Charlie Grosse, Winfred Bauer, Kenneth Durst, and Robin Klingelhefer. Honorary pallbearers are Shari Clark, Tori Dutton, Curtis Lewallen, Otho "Bug" Tynes Jr., Gussie Tynes, Charles Pluenneke, Steve Gamel, and Randy Maenius.

Vistiation with the family will be on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 at Mason Funeral Home.

A special thanks goes to Ruby and Curtis Lewallen and the wonderful staff at The Lewallen House in Brady. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (800) 457-6676,

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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