Pauline (Owen) Stokes (1922 - 2012)

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Pauline Stokes, 89, of Brownstown, died on Tuesday evening, Aug. 28, 2012, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Overcup Baptist Church in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Doug Wodtka officiating. Burial was in Sidener Cemetery in rural St. Elmo. Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Sept. 1 at the church. Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: South America Mission for Frank and Luz Zajicek or donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at
A beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Stokes was born on Nov. 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, Mo.; he died on Aug. 16, 2006.
She was a registered nurse, graduating from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis and working at Fayette County Hospital for many years.
She was a woman of excellence, and a 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, Larry Stokes and his wife Margret of Mesquite, Texas, Joe Stokes and his wife Cindy of Coon Rapids, Minn., Linda and her husband Max Mattes of Tower Hill, David Stokes and his wife Karen of Brownstown, and Aleta and her husband Brad Stokes of Pekin; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Surviving family members include: brother, Robert Owen and his wife Joanne of St. Elmo; sisters, Catherine and her husband Neal McCaskey of Blue Springs, Mo., and Mary Belle McLean of St. Louis, Mo.; brother-in-law, Burl Stokes of East Peoria; and sisters-in-law, Laurel and her husband Wallace Lorey of Decatur, Rosemary Owen of St. Elmo, Eileen Wilkinson of Morton, Beulah Lampe of Tremont and Renee Stokes of San Jose, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband; brother, Joe Owen; and sisters, Louise Adams and Erma Beth Kennedy.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19, 2012