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Pauline Robinson Reece died quietly in her sleep on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Laurels in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She was 99 years old.
Pauline was the daughter of Mollie Lowe Robinson and John Robinson of Doeville, Tennessee, where she grew up. She was the widow of the late Mark Twain Reece of Mountain City, Tennessee. She was the sister of William (“Willie”) Robinson, Georgia Greer, and Claude Robinson and half-sister to Iva Neeley, and Paul Arney, all of whom preceded her in death. She had numerous nieces and nephews.
Pauline was descended from a long line of pioneer families. Her Lowe ancestors include Abraham and Jacob, who are listed among the founders of Johnson County, TN in the early 1800’s.
Surviving family include her daughter, Doris Reece Leissing and husband, Henry, of Flat Rock, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Heather Anna Bates of Hendersonville, NC, Christopher Bates and wife, Rocio, of Gresham, OR, and Rebecca Shelley of Asheville, NC; seven great-grandchildren, Dylanna Barton, Gabriel Bishop, Annabelle Bishop of Hendersonville, NC and Anneliza, Thomas, Caleb, and Andrew Bates of Gresham, OR.
Pauline attended Doeville Schools and graduated from Washington College Academy in Jonesboro, TN in 1932. She earned a teaching certificate from East Tennessee State Teacher’s College in 1934 and taught at Doeville Elementary, where Mark Reece was the principal.
After their marriage in 1938, Pauline and Mark lived in Doe Valley. She was a homemaker and he taught school and worked in Bristol, Tennessee during WW II. They moved to Shoun Street in Mountain City in 1948 and lived there until he died in 1984; she moved to Hendersonville in 1988.
Pauline loved beauty. She played the piano, had a perfect alto voice, and enjoyed raising flowers. She was best known for her poetry, which she often wrote to celebrate special occasions of her friends and family. She adored her family and held to a simple but enduring faith in God. She was baptized in Bethel Baptist Church, Doe Valley, TN as a child.
Pauline flourished for many years after she came to North Carolina to live closer to her daughter, but after her health declined she was cared for by the Laurels of Hendersonville, and for the past two years, by Four Seasons Hospice.
The family received guests at Shuler Funeral Home in Hendersonville on Monday evening, July 11 from 6 until 8 PM. There was a visitation and memorial service at First Baptist Church in Mountain City, Tennessee on Wednesday, July 13. Visitation was at 10 AM with memorial service following at 11 AM. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Mountain City, Tennessee. Friends and family are invited to return to the church for a lunch in the fellowship hall following the burial.
For entries into a “Book of Remembrance” being compiled by the family, we invite those who knew Pauline to share an anecdotal story of some memory they have about her. These remembrances will become the family’s lasting treasure. You may send them to Doris Reece Leissing, 324 Silent Rise, Flat Rock, NC, 28731. E-mail address is [email protected] Donations may also be made to Four Seasons Hospice in honor of Pauline Robinson Reece. To sign the online register book, please visit Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.