Pauline H. Reece
Pauline H. Reece, 91, of Pinehurst, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Chapel at Dalla Valle Funeral Service, 22 West Main St., Everett, PA 15537, with Pastor Debi Decker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will be held at McKendree Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Everett Honor Guard.
She was born Friday, June 17, 1921, at her family home in Brush Creek Township, Fulton County, a daughter of the late William Clyde Hendershot and Maude M. (Spade) Hendershot Akers.
On Jan. 16, 1946, she married John L. “Jack” Reece, who passed away March 3, 1971.
She is survived by their children, Rockford M. Reece and wife, Kathryn M. Reece, of New Bloomfield, Mo., Rae (Reece) Williams and husband, Jerry O. Williams, of Pinebluff, and Stephanie Reece Covahey, of York, Pa.; two grandchildren, Jesse L. Reece and Jennifer L. Williams; a sister, Mabel Clark, of Big Pool, Md.; and several nieces and nephews and their families
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Virginia (Akers) Shanholtz; and a brother, Wayne Akers.
Mrs. Reece was a lifelong member of McKendree United Methodist Church. She grew up on her family farm in Crystal Spring, Pa., and was a graduate of Warfordsburg High School, attending and graduating from nursing school in Cumberland, Md.
Pauline first worked as an industrial nurse for Kelly-Springfield Tire Company in Cumberland until enlisting in the United States Army Nurse Corps during World War II, serving as a lieutenant nurse anesthetist in the southeast Asian theater, spending 22 months in the Burma campaign, supporting injured troops of Gen. Joseph Stillwell.
It was in Burma that she met her future husband, Jack, a C-47 navigator who was awarded two Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying “The Hump,” a Himalayan mountain range delivering military aircraft and supplies from India to China.
Upon returning to the States, Pauline and Jack married and settled down in Omaha, where Pauline continued her nursing career while raising three children and caring for their many pet cats and dogs.
Later, moving to St. Louis and Chicago, she and her husband enjoyed square dancing, bowling and a love of New Orleans jazz and each other. Following Jack’s untimely passing in 1971, Pauline moved to Baltimore, where she spent the next 39 years raising her youngest daughter and fulfilling her nursing career goals as the clinical director of United Health Maintenance until retiring in the early 1980s. There she was an active member of the China-Burma-India Veterans Association and Parkville Maryland VFW Post No. 9083.
Moving to Pinehurst in 2010 to be close to her daughter following an elevator accident, Pauline learned a whole new “Southern way of life,” making new friends and continuing her involvement with the VFW at Post No. 9604 in Pinehurst.
Pauline’s last days were spent at Fox Hollow Senior Living, where she and her chubby black and white cat, Missy, made many lasting friendships. In earlier years, she traveled extensively throughout the United States and visited Europe on more than one occasion.
She was fortunate to be loved by most everyone she met, and lived to see her three children “come into their own” and share in the delight and love of two exceptional grandchildren, who adored her.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation of FirstHealth, Fox Hollow Senior Living, or the VFW Post of your choice.
Memories may be shared online at www.dallavalle-everett.com.