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Pauline Marie Vincent

January 2, 1910 — July 13, 2013

PAULINE MARIE (Smith) VINCENT Following an extremely full and eventful life, Pauline M. Vincent, 103, died July 13, 2013 in her Seaside residence with family at her side. Born January 2, 1910 in North Platte, Nebraska, she was the daughter of Harry Eugene and Cloye Mary (Lloyd) Smith. One of her earliest memories was wanting to attend school. Her childhood play involved being a teacher. After Pauline graduated from North Platte High School as valedictorian of her class she took tests to become a teacher. Subsequently she taught all eight grades in one-room schoolhouses in the country outside North Platte. In June of 1929 she married Donald Frank Barton of Bignell, Nebraska in Phoenix, AZ. Following the ceremony they moved to San Diego, CA where Don was stationed with the US Navy. A son, Donald Frank Jr. was born September 14, 1930 but died from complications of pneumonia in December of that year. During the years of the Great Depression, Don was discharged from the Navy and the couple worked various jobs to survive. Pauline recalled hoeing strawberries for 20 cents an hour and picking them for cents per pound. They also picked hops in the Willamette Valley and cherries in Yakima, Washington. She and Don built a log house in Sweet Home, Oregon on the banks of the South Santiam River. Don worked at a sawmill and took finished lumber as part of his wages. Pauline worked at Keller Hardware and took hardware and window glass and other necessities in lieu of part of her wages. A daughter Donna Margaret was born in September of 1938 in Ruby, Arizona. Donald and Pauline divorced in 1945 and in 1947 Pauline married Roy Benton Vincent. He preceded her in death in December 1987. In the years 1945 until 1951 Pauline was employed by Buchanan Plumbing Heating, Vic Nelson Feed, and Container Corporation of America. In 1952 she and Roy purchased the Coast Highway Cabins in Hebo, Oregon. In September 1956 Pauline began employment at Western Corrugated in Beaverton, Oregon. They became Western Kraft and then Willamette Industries from which she retired in June 1973. Following retirement Pauline and Roy moved to the vicinity of Seaside, Oregon where they remained until his passing. In her final years she resided in the Gearhart area. At age 78 Pauline began volkswalking. She continued to participate in the 10 km. walks until past her 93rd birthday and had participated in 550 such events. She was a member of the Turnaround Trekkers Volkssport Club and continued to serve as treasurer even after she lost most of her sight due to macular degeneration. In addition to her daughter Donna Barton Byes of Seaside, Oregon, Pauline is survived by granddaughters Elizabeth (Patrick) McKerren of Svensen, OR and Dawna (Gary Jr.) Reynolds of Astoria, OR; grandsons Vincent (Jennifer) Vevea of Pen Argyl, PA and Darrell (Mary L.) Byes of Warrenton, OR. A grandson Donald Vevea died in 1990. Also surviving are grandchildren Kyrsten (Vevea) Rilling (Chris) of Warren, Ohio, Sean A. Vevea (Melissa) of Pen Argyl, PA, Melissa Byes of Seaside, OR, Kellie Byes of Greeley, CO, Cassandra Byes of Colorado, Brandon Potter, Beau and Richard Reynolds of Astoria, and Jeff McKerren of Portland, OR; great-great grandchildren are Brody Rilling of Warren, Ohio and Dahlia Vevea of Pen Argyl, PA. In keeping with Pauline's wishes, no memorial service be held. Cremation arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea of Long Beach, WA. Memorials may be made to Clatsop Animal Assistance, 1315 SE 19th, Warrenton, OR 97146. Her guestbook is available at

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