Pauline Hagerman passed away on Saturday, January 4 in Ruston, Louisiana.
Pauline Gladys Murray was born on October 14, 1932, to Everett and Vera Murray in Denver, Colorado. Pauline attended rural Mason Creek School for four years near the family’s ranch in Wyoming and six years in Upton. She graduated from Montecito School for Girls (Santa Barbara, California) in 1950. She returned to Wyoming and married the love of her life, Billy Hagerman, on July 21, 1950.
Bill and Pauline ranched on the C-K ranch for years and then leased the ranch and moved to Upton. Cattle and horses were always a part of their lives, and at every branding and cattle drive you could be sure to see Pauline right in the mix helping brand, giving shots, or riding a horse or 4-wheeler right next to her husband. She helped with the haying and carried many an irrigation pipe up and down the fields to keep them watered, and always remembered to bring a thermos of coffee and a lunch for Bill.
Pauline worked for Boal’s Department Store for two years and then purchased the store in 1967 and renamed it C-K Clothing. She had a flare for knowing what people liked and what looked good on them. She could estimate the right size of anyone or any foot that walked in the door! She was genuine, caring, always classy, and always had a smile. Her daughters and granddaughters enjoyed working with her in the store and learned many important life lessons from her along the way. Pauline ran the store for twenty-seven years until it was destroyed by fire in 1994.
Pauline and Billy purchased a home in Ruston, Louisiana, in 1985 and spent most of their winters there. She became an avid fan of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters’ basketball team. She enrolled at Louisiana Tech University, because it was close to where they lived, and she loved studying and learning so much, especially history. She was in the process of getting her college degree in History at the time of her death.
Pauline enjoyed flowers and gardening. She knew the names of every wild flower and plant on the prairie, and if she didn’t she would pour over her flower books until she did. She raised first-class gardens and kept them meticulous. Her yard was her life in the summertime. She enjoyed soaking in the warm sunshine and babying every bud that bloomed. Her favorites were her roses, iris and peonies.
Staying active kept Pauline young. She loved riding horses, being outdoors and swimming laps at the pool in Upton and in Ruston. She loved picnics with her family. Her grandchildren always knew she wouldn’t forget the Oreos! She hosted many elegant family dinners with her favorite sets of china, and hugs greeted every guest. She was an expert on family history, and an avid reader. She often said that a week without a good book was like a week without sunshine.
Many people commented on how sweet and kind she was. She loved visiting with people and was truly interested in their lives. She always said she hated the days she couldn’t get out to visit with them. Her family loved to share their accomplishments with her. She was their biggest cheerleader, and so proud of all of them. Her sense of humor and wit were a trademark. She also had a stubborn streak and was not swayed from her ideals.
Pauline loved to travel and has been to many countries around the globe. On tours, she would be right on the heels of the guide and with her knowledge of history, she sometimes had to correct their information! She would walk into an airport and comment on how exciting it was to imagine all of the places the people were going! She enjoyed every minute of her trip; from the scenery, to the food, to the people she met. She noticed every small detail. No one was more appreciative. She taught that love of traveling to her children and grandchildren.
She was loved by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed. Pauline is survived by her husband Billy Hagerman; her daughters, Ivole (Morece) Dillon and Eileen (Tom) Nistler; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Hagerman; seven grandchildren, Marsha (Loren) Barritt, Jill (Clint) Langer, Brenna (Emmanuel) Chafee, Maura and Jamison Nistler, Michelle Hagerman, Nicole (Zach) Dewees; six great grandchildren, Dillon and Reece Barritt, Andrew and Matthew Langer, Noella Chafee, and Cora Hagerman; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vera and Everett Murray; her only sister, Margaret Ann O’Keefe; and her son, Lewis.
Memorial services are pending.