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Pauline Johnston Bryant

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Pauline Johnston Bryant passed away at the age of 76 on Saturday, February 16, 2008, in Boise, ID, after a five-year battle with cancer.  Memorial services will be held on July 31, 2008, at the First Christian Church in Tucumcari, NM.  A private burial will be held at the Tucumcari Cemetery where the family will lovingly lay Pauline to rest next to her late husband.
 Pauline, the first of five girls, was born February 28, l931, in Brownfield, TX, to Paul W. Johnston and Irene Bagley Johnston.  The family moved to New Mexico where the sisters became known as "The Johnston Girls."  In May of 1949 Pauline graduated from Tucumcari High School and on August 4th married Charles L. Bryant in Santa Fe, NM.
 The couple attended college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM where Pauline obtained her Secretarial Certification. C.L.'s employment opportunities, after his graduation in 1954, took them to Clovis and Artesia , NM where Pauline worked in secretarial and bookkeeping positions.  In 1963, they moved to Albuquerque, NM.  Pauline returned to college at the University of New Mexico and received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1970.  She passed her CPA exam on the first attempt (one of the proudest moments of her life) and went to work for a large accounting firm.
 The move to Boise, ID occurred in the winter of 1972.  Pauline worked a few years for a water company.  She was a supporter and contributor to many causes and volunteered her time for the Boise literacy group and for tax preparation assistance.  Her many interests included homemaking, collecting and trying new recipes, gardening, canning and playing bridge.  A woman of humor, wit and intelligence, she enjoyed good conversation, music, cross-word puzzles and word games.  Pauline was an avid recycler because of her concern for the environment.
 Pauline and C. L. loved and enjoyed living in Boise, ID but always called New Mexico "home" and held it dear in their hearts.  Pauline valued and was valued by her family, neighbors and friends.  After her illness slowed her down some, she enjoyed long telephone conversations with people across the country.
 Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Howard Little, and sister, Aileen Valdevit.  She is survived by two sisters, Wylene Vinall (Kenneth) of Tucson, AZ and Evalene Leigon of Taos, NM, thirteen precious nieces and nephews and other family members.
 For those desiring to make memorial contributions, the family suggests the NMSU Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 3590, Las Cruces, NM 88003, for the Charles and Pauline Bryant Endowed Scholarship Fund, or to New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch,  PO Box 9, Belen, N.M. 87002-9901.
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