Pauline Katherine Keys, 97, of Cotton Gin, passed away April 29, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the Cotton Gin Cemetery with Jerry Keys officiating. Visitation with the family will be 6-7 p.m., Friday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Pauline was born January 4, 1918 in Freestone County, Texas (4 miles north of Cotton Gin) to Henry Clay and Magdalene Berthelsen McKinney. She grew up during the depression in the 1930's. After walking 1 mile each day to attend the Cotton Gin School, she completed the 6th grade and then transferred to Mexia ISD, graduating in 1936. Pauline married Jack W. Keys in 1940. While he was serving in the armed forces, during World War II, she traveled with him from camp to camp throughout the United States. However, when he was transferred overseas, she remained with her parents to take care of their children, Lance and Madalene. After the war, they were blessed with three more children, Jerry, Ronnie and Kathy. After raising her five children, she attended and graduated from LVN school in 1969. Pauline was no stranger to hard work; she was always busy doing something, never idle. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and square dancing. Pauline loved and dedicated her life to God, her family and helping others. She was a loving, caring person who was willing to help anyone at any time. She was a member of the Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Keys; and son, Lance Keys. Pauline is survived by four children, Madalene Morgan and husband, Wallace, Jerry Keys and wife, Molly, Ronnie Keys and wife, Phyllis and Kathy Brown; daughter-in-law, Carol Keys; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Friday, May 1st, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 11:00am, Cotton Gin Cemetery