July 3, 1914 - November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10 AM at Vernon Funeral Home
Monday, November 24, 2014 from 3-7 PM at Vernon Funeral Home
Pauline D. Vulgamore, 100, of St. Paris passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 20, 2014, in her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born July 3, 1914, in Dialton, Ohio the eighth child of nine. She graduated from Christiansburg Jackson High School in 1932 and was the last surviving member of her class. She was a lifelong resident of Champaign County and a member of Myrtle Tree Baptist Church. Pauline had a zest for life and she loved the outdoors. One of her favorite things to do was cutting firewood. At the age of 92 she fell out of a tree, cutting wood, and had to have 10 stitches in her arm. She was an excellent baker and she will be remembered for her pecan and raspberry pies as well as her home-made noodles. Grandma was a very skilled seamstress, she saved everything and would make rag rugs out of denim for Christmas gifts. She loved her family very much and every family member will cherish the quilt she made for them.
Grandma is survived by her daughter, Judy McGowen; grandchildren: Abby (James ) Cohn, Lidian (Mark) Hatmaker, Mandy (Chris) Randall, Betsy (Steve) Kite, Ed (Becky) McGowen; greatgrandchildren: Amy Pauline Randall, Cecilia (Brad) Yelton, Ann Louise (Lee) Sowers, Megan (Aaron) Tatman, Derick, Mitchell & Kyle Hatmaker, Brad (Brandy) Cohn & Isaac Cohn , Elizabeth & R.J. McGowen, Nicklas & Gillian Kite; great great grandchildren: Dawson & Brooke Cohn, Isiah, Kirsten & Bentley Hatmaker, Tucker Tatman, Levi Sowers, Russ McGowen Jr., as well as several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Murray J. and Sarah (Coffelt) Neese; and her husband Cecil Lowell Vulgamore whom she married March 14, 1936, and he died December 11, 1984; her siblings: Florence Stapleton: Mary Ellen Eaton; Clara Warren; Phillip & Theodore Neese; Bernice Ayers; Mildred Baker; Rebecca Wert and a granddaughter, Polly Ann McGowen.
Special thank you to her neighbors for being so loving and helpful over the years: John & Alice Meginnis, Dennis & Donna Curtain, Billy & Robin Hanlin, Tom & Judy Oâ€™Brien & a very good friend, Patty Brown.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3-7 PM on Monday, November 24, 2014 in VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, OH. Funeral services to celebrate Paulineâ€™s life will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday in the funeral home with Rev. Bob Plumber officiating. Burial will follow in Terre Haute Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com
Dear Vulgamore Family,
It has been a blessing to know Pauline all of my life. She loved to talk about sewing and always asked how Hubert and Wanetta are doing. She had a sweet christian spirit of caring for others. I am sure she is in heaven walking and talking with Jesus right now.
I loved going to Judys for 4-H because I knew Aunt Pauline would help me with my sewing too.
The important thing now is we all have our hearts right with the Lord so we can also see Pauline someday.
When I would visit and one of the kids would spill milk or anything on the floor Uncle Cecil and Aunt Pauline would say well that is one way to get the floor clean because now you have to mop it.
I will pray for your peace and comfort during these holidays as I am sure you will miss her.
Love you all,
Dr. Dan and Janet (Vulgamore) Kaffenbarger
Please accept the apologies of Peggy and I for not making it to the Funeral or the showing. Both my sister and I were pleased that you had the celebration this summer and that we were able to be a part of it. You certainly did a great job in making it a such a success and Polly was duly honored.
Hopefully the following comments will serve in lieu of my personal appearance. With the expectation of such a large crowd we will not be missed and you will have your hands full for those two days and thereafter for quite some time.
If I counted right, there are 27 names mentioned in the newspaper account. You can always look back and reflect with great pleasure how by the grace of God you were able to enrich the lives of both of your parents with so many offspring. You were a fruitful daughter and no doubt contributed to the long life of Polly. In addition you certainly are to be commended for the special way in which you cared for her in her later years.
When I was a teenager I spent two summers with Maynard and Mildred and enjoyed the company of Pauline and Cecil. It was a lasting experience to work with Cecil. What an interesting and enjoyable person he was as was Aunt Polly. Polly graduated from High School the year I was born and it may have been that Polly and Mildred helped my Mother while she was convalescing from my birth.
Cecil has been gone for nearly 30 years. I remember he and I going over to Columbus regarding the allowance of his Social Security. He had an Oldsmobile, either an 88 or 98 I am not certain. He had me drive and told me to try it out. I am not certain what he had under the hood but when I pushed on the pedal, it took off like no car I ever owned.
We won our case doubtless to the testimony of Cecil rather than because of his counsel.
Even though Cecil has been gone so long, yet and all they were together for nearly 50 years, and I am sure that they looked back on them as good years.
While we want to have our parents as long as we can, we know from experience that it cannot go on indefinitely in this life. In Polly’s case it is comforting to know that this life was not the end for her and that in resurrection she will continue on and without the limitations and weaknesses that are our present experience.
Take good care of yourself, enjoy the good memories that you have of both of your parents. If you are like me, it seems that whatever we did was simply not enough, and would like to have done more.