The Duncan Banner
Suda Pauline Jennings, 94, after a brief illness, passed gently on Oct. 27, 2013, surrounded by the love of her family and friends.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Southerland officiating. Burial will follow in the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and Pauline’s family will receive friends again from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Pauline was born on Dec. 15, 1918, on a small Indian Territory farm outside what is now Duncan. She was a life-long resident of Duncan and lived in her house at 106 W. Ash for more than 68 years. Six years ago, Pauline made the decision to move to Savannah Court Assisted Living Facility in Brandon, Fla.
Pauline is survived by her daughter Lynda Heath (Terry), her son David Pittman-Jennings (Ken Adler), granddaughter Lisa Gibson (Raymond), six great-grandchildren: David Kirby (Sabra), Denise Vendrick (Michael), John Kirby, Matthew Gibson, Taylor Gibson and Ryan Gibson, five great-great-grandchildren; Logan Vendrick, Ethan Vendrick, Caden Vendrick, Noah Kirby and Colton Kirby.
She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Orvel Jennings in 1972, brother Coleman Pittman in 1927, sister Myrtle Duncan in 1996, granddaughter Sondra English in 1978 and granddaughter Carri Kirby in 2008.
Pauline and her family were early residents of Oklahoma and trace their roots back to the original settlers of East Central Texas and eventually South Central Oklahoma. When she was eight, her father purchased several acres of Indian Territory, moved his family, including his in-laws, to the existing corner of Second and Ash Streets and opened a blacksmith shop.
He later sold the property between Second and Third Street to Immanuel Baptist Church and the family became Charter Members. After her marriage and when she learned that a child was on the way, she chose to attend the local Nazarene Church with her husband and his family so their children would have a single church home.
She lived only a block from Immanuel Baptist Church and always felt she had dual membership. Several years after her husband’s death, she returned to her home church and attended regularly until her move to Florida. Although Pauline attended Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brandon as long as she was able, her membership remained at Immanuel Baptist Church.
There were never enough hours in the day for Pauline. She was very active in church, teaching, singing, volunteering wherever and whenever needed. As a young girl she was taught to quilt by the older women members of her family. They taught her to re-purpose bits and pieces of fabric into beautiful memory art with almost invisible stitches.
She entered quilting competitions and won more than her fair share of ribbons and awards. She also taught many people to quilt, and was a member of quilting clubs that are still active today. Her quilts, along with those of the women who taught her, are family treasures and will continue to be passed down to future generations.
She enjoyed her time with Senior Olympics and proudly showed off her medals. Pauline’s sweet demeanor concealed a fierce competitor; she never stopped loving to play cards, dominoes or bingo and she never stopped winning. She loved to travel, whether it was to Oklahoma City or Lawton to visit fabric shops and have lunch or to Europe, Florida or San Antonio to see her loved ones, or to Boston just because she hadn’t been there.
Pauline was two months short of 95 when she passed. Her mobility was becoming compromised; however, her mind was strong and sharp and her faith was constant.
Those who knew her loved her. Those who loved her will miss her but will never forget her. Please join Pauline’s family and friends in a celebration of her life.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.