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Pauline Crowe Naftzger


1927 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Pauline Crowe Naftzger Obituary
December 19, 1927 - August 11, 2016 Devoted daughter of the late Mildred Frudden Crowe and Arthur Lee Crowe. Beloved wife of the late Roy Edgar "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Pauline is survived by her sister, Arline Crowe Barker and brother, Arthur Lee Crowe; her three daughters: Nancy Vickers Naftzger, Natalie Naftzger Davis and Sandra Vickers Naftzger; and her six grandchildren: Katharine Vickers Davis, Brooke Elizabeth Davis, Claire Pauline Davis, Alan Vickers Dritley, Eric Crowe Dritley and Roy Edgar Dritley. Pauline was born and raised in Beverly Hills, attending El Rodeo School, Marlborough School, UCLA and USC for her Master's degree. Pauline loved life. Her natural beauty, good nature and sense of fun attracted everyone she met. She filled her life with family and friends, met new people effortlessly, genuinely interested in everyone she met. She never had a harsh word for anyone; she was too busy being positive and charging ahead. A great athlete and competitor, Pauline was an avid tennis player. Daily matches with the best of friends enhanced her life for decades. She and Ted travelled the world with their rackets, picking up games and friends along the way. She loved the ocean and was happiest snorkeling, boogie boarding, floating, or shelling. Her exuberance, hardiness and optimism were legendary. Water temperature, fog, red tide, even the dreaded kelp cutter - nothing deterred her! She could pick up a broken corner of a shell and exclaim, "treasure!" and of course it was. She was simply the most fun person you'd ever met, someone you'd follow anywhere. If you were her friend, you were her friend for life. And if that wasn't enough, Pauline was a scholar - learning new languages, picking up degrees, being a docent at LACMA and on and on. Knowledge was a lifelong adventure. Traveling was a classroom. She researched everything, made copious notes and gleefully explained and convinced you that this day, in this place, doing this thing was the most exciting thing to do in the world. After her children left home, Pauline decided she needed a new challenge so she dove into Republican politics and with her knowledge of the arts, was appointed by President Reagan to the Museum Services Board of the Foundation for the Arts and Humanities. She also was an Overseer of the Hoover Institution at Stanford. All of these challenges meant more learning, more fun, and more sharing with friends. Throughout her life and pursuits, Pauline maintained the highest level of dignity and integrity. She was extraordinarily tolerant and respectful of others. She never swore; she said that was too easy. She was a model of grace, love, humility and modesty. A true believer, Pauline takes this final step like all the ones before: shoulders squared, stride confident, arms swinging, smile at the ready, eyes a-twinkle. And, as always, we happily fall in. Bless you Pauline. Thank you Mom.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 16 to Aug. 21, 2016
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