Pauline Stokes (89) of Brownstown

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Published on August 30 2012 2:12 pm

Pauline Stokes, 89 of Brownstown, died Tuesday evening, August 28, 2012 at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Overcup Baptist Church, rural Vandalia with Rev. Doug Wodtka officiating and burial to follow at Sidener Cemetery, rural St. Elmo. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

Pauline was born on November 10, 1922 in rural St. Elmo, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Owen and Mary Elizabeth (Rhodes) Owen. She married Earl D. Stokes on May 20, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri; he preceded her in death on August 16, 2006. She was a registered nurse, graduating from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis and worked at Fayette County Hospital for many years. She was a woman of excellence, and wife and mother to six
children. She loved God’s creation and taught her children to love and enjoy nature. She was a member of Overcup Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children: Kathy Stokes of Brownstown, IL, Larry Stokes and wife Marget of Mesquite, TX, Joe Stokes and wife Cindy of Coon Rapids, MN, Linda Mattes and husband Max of Tower Hill, IL, David Stokes and wife Karen of Brownstown, IL, Aleta Hoff and husband Brad of Pekin, IL, and 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Owen and wife Joanne of St. Elmo, IL; sisters, Catherine McCaskey and husband Neal of Blue Springs, MO and Mary Belle McLean of St. Louis, MO; her brother-in-law, Burl
Stokes of East Peoria, IL; sisters-in-law, Laurel Lorey and husband Wallace of Decatur, IL, Rosemary Owen of St. Elmo, IL, Eileen Wilkinson of Morton, IL, Beulah Lampe of Tremont, IL, and Renee Stokes of San Jose, CA.

She was preceded in death by husband, brother, Joe Owen, sisters, Louise Adams and Erma Beth Kennedy.

Memorials may be made to South American Mission for Frank and Luz Zajicek or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com  Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown is in charge of arrangements.