March 2, 1910 November 17, 2004Pauline Whitmire, 94, formerly of Denver, CO, died of natural causes on November 17, 2004, at E. Dene Moore Care Center, Rifle, Colo..She was born March 2, 1910, in Henderson, Iowa, to James and Ida Wilson. She met Ellis Whitmire on a blind date; they married in 1928, and had three daughters. When she was 21, she moved back to her family home with her husband and daughters to help raise her younger siblings after the death of her mother. As one of 13 children, she remained close to her brothers and sisters throughout her life. With Pauline’s death, all 13 are together again. Over the course of her life, Pauline lived in Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado. After her divorce in 1941, she lived in Denver and worked for many years at Uniroyal as an executive secretary, retiring in 1975. She remained busy after retirement delivering watches for a Denver jeweler. When her health began to fail, she moved to the Western Slope in 2002. Pauline loved a good joke, visiting with family and friends, and , after retirement, she loved traveling in her brother-in-law’s motor home all over the country with various siblings and friends. Throughout her life, her very favorite thing was to play raucous card games for hours and hours with family and friends. Pauline is survived by her three daughters: Dorothy Velvick, Tecumsah, NE; Terri Middendorf of Lakewood, Colo.; and, Janice Burns of Rifle; seven grandchildren: Linda Mangold (Alan) of Summerfield, Kan.; Cheri Rogers (Robert) of Pawnee City, Neb.; Leslie Brumage (Terry) of Cody, Wyo.; Lisa Wilson (Kenneth) of Glenwood Springs; Kevin Krebill of Denver; Jeff Krebill of Rifle; and Kelley Stephens (Dan) of New Castle. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Per her wishes, no services are planned, though her family will be telling great stories about her for the rest of their lives.
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