Pauline Alexander Thomas
Pauline Alexander Thomas, 95, passed away in Harney County, Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.
She was born Dec.12, 1923, at Pine Creek, Modoc County, Calif. to William Henry Alexander and Mary Longwill Alexander, the youngest of three children. They lived in Davis Creek, Calif. until Pauline was 10 years old when they moved to Klamath Falls. Her dad, being a logger, took a job with Weyerhaeuser Timber Company.
Pauline graduated from the eighth grade at Roosevelt School, Klamath Falls, and from Klamath Union High School in 1942.
On April 3, 1942, she married Willie Romaine Thomas and on Feb. 8, 1943, they had a daughter, Barbara Kay. Willie was called Rhody and on April 14, 1943, he was called into the service and was eventually sent to New Guinea with the United States Army 3rd Rainbow Infantry Division. He was in the Philippine Campaign at Leyte Island and was killed in action on Nov. 27, 1944. He is buried in Klamath Memorial Park in Klamath Falls.
On July 14, 1946, Pauline married Clarence Stanley Thomas. On March 1, 1954, they moved to a ranch on the Westside of Lakeview. They were members since 1957 of the First Baptist Church in Lakeview. Stanley passed away in January 1994 and is buried in Klamath Memorial Park in Klamath Falls. Pauline stayed on the ranch until 1996 when she moved into Lakeview and lived in the Western Villa Mobile Home Park. On Feb. 2, 2014, she moved to the East Cascade Retirement Center in Madras to be near her daughter and her husband, Bonnie and Buck Grote. In October 2016 she moved to Crane to be near her son and wife, Ken and Paula Thomas. She resided in Crane living with her granddaughter and husband, Dally and Mathieu Zander and family, until her passing.
She is preceded in death by: her two husbands, Rhody and Stanley; parents; brother, Robert; and sister, Roberta.
Pauline is survived by: sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Shirley Thomas, Post Falls, Idaho and Ken and Paula Thomas, Crane; daughter, Barbara Davis, Medford; and daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Buck Grote, Madras; nine grandsons, Tony and Tom Davis, Lee and Shane Thomas, Denny and Casey Thomas, Ryan and Reed Grote and Billy Thomas; three granddaughters, Brenda Davis, Dally Zander, and Rebecca Loman; 26 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Services will be at the Lakeview First Baptist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m., lunch is at the Westside Grange Hall and burial is Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at Klamath Memorial Park, Klamath Falls. Memorial Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 910 N 2nd St., Lakeview, 97630 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Desert Rose has charge of the arrangements.