Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 7, 2000
OBITUARY - VIOLET "PAULINE" WALKUP DENTON
Pauline WALKUP DENTON was born during the turbulent time of World War I while her father was in France in the farm home of
her maternal grandparents west of Maloy, Iowa. She died of a massive stroke in the Methodist hospital in the metropolis of
Violet Pauline was born October 25, 1918 to Glenn and Gladys CORDELL WALKUP and passed away November 13, 2000.
Pauline became a young matriarch to her five younger brothers: Harold, Bob, Ralph, Don and Willie. They all grew up on the
family farm and all attended the West Gay country school. Pauline graduated from Bedford high school and furthered her
education at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville, Missouri. It was during her college years she met
the love of her life, Robert DENTON.
Prior to their marriage on June 20, 1942, Pauline taught in the Hickenlooper country school and elementary grades in Adel
and Blockton, Iowa.
Bob's employment with American Steel moved them to Georgia and various cities in Texas until Houston became their
permanent home. Their home and marriage was blessed with the births of their son James Robert and daughter Elizabeth Ann.
Bob and Pauline were prominent members of their church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian. Pauline served as church secretary
until her retirement. Her Sunday school class and the paint class included her most cherished friends.
maintained close contact and bonds with her fellow classmates. Several of her classmates attended her 80th birthday
celebration and when asked to share some of the past escapades and anecdotes the reply was, "We are a close-knit group
and we aren't telling."
Bob and Pauline rejoiced at the birth of their first grandchild Rob, but Bob's untimely death September 1970 prevented his
being with Pauline to welcome grandson Keith and granddaughters, Allyson and Laura.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Bob; her parents, Glenn and Gladys WALKUP; brothers, Harold, Robert, Donald
and Wilbur; and sisters-in-law, Joyce WWALKUP and Wilma WALKUP.
She is survived by her son Jim DENTON and wife Theresa of Houston, Texas; daughter Ann WERLINE and husband Richard of
Longview, Texas; grandsons, Rob DENTON of Austin, Texas, Keith DENTON of Houston, Texas; granddaughters, Allyson WERLINE
and Laura WERLINE of Longview, Texas; brother Ralph WALKUP of Ankeny, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Mary WALKUP of Clearfield,
Iowa, Helen WALKUP of Humeston, Iowa, and Annabel WALKUP of Redding, Iowa.
A memorial service was held November 15, 2000 in the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. A eulogy was given by her
daughter Ann, and friends in attendance responded with sharing their memories and giving tribute to this loved one.
Cremains were interred beside her husband in Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
How insignificant the words, "she will be missed," as these cannot fully convey the full depth of the void left.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2010
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