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Pauline Dennis - March 11, 2009


Pauline Margaret Dennis died at her home in Cheyenne, Wyo. Wednesday, March 11, 2009. She was born in Hardin, Mont. June 2, 1913 to Archie and Hattie (Balgum) Lewis, the oldest of six children.
Pauline lived in the Hardin, Crow Agency and Gerry Owen area until she was 16. At one time, she lived just below the Custer Battle Field. She remembered walking the hills and picking up arrowheads and other items that are now of historical value, but they didn’t mean anything to her at the time.
When she was 16, the family moved to Greeley. She worked at a seed house as well as many other jobs to help support her mother and younger siblings. On March 5, 1938 she married Virgil Dennis in Loveland.
During World War II, Pauline and Virgil moved to California and worked in a ship yard. She covered pipes with asbestos. After they returned to Colorado, they farmed in the Galeton area where she “topped” sugar beets with a “beet knife.” They were blessed with one son, Darrell. In 2001, she moved to Holyoke to be near him.
Pauline was a loving, dedicated wife and mother. She loved to work in her yard. She believed “you could take a woman out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the woman.”
She spent her life caring for her home and her family. She cared for her sisters and their families whenever she was needed. Her home was always open to anyone who came by, and there was always plenty of good food and a welcome smile.
She loved and dedicated her life to her son Darrell and daughter-in-law Lela, whom she loved as a daughter. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her last years, they were what she lived for and she looked forward to every opportunity to be with them.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Virgil, parents Archie and Hattie Lewis, sisters Georgia Stuman, Virginia Vosika, Loraine Epstein and Maxine Lewis; and brother Lloyd Lewis.
She is survived by her son Darrell and wife Lela of Lingle, Wyo.; grandchildren Brenda Dennis, Paula and husband Rocky Vaughn, Shawn and wife Veronica Dennis, Rob and wife Crystal Humble; and great-grandchildren Cody and Makenzie Vaughn, Kaitlynn Birkle, Thomas Ballard, Melody Dennis and Christian, Noah and Abigail Humble.
Funeral services were Monday, March 16 at the Adamson Chapel in Greeley, with interment at Evans Cemetery.