Born: Los Angeles on 11 November 1929

Passed away: LaJolla on 29 June 2020

Aged: 90 years

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The Story

Juanita and Fernand Patin relocated from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California. Pauline had five siblings; Babe, who died in childhood, Fernand, Jr. (aka Bub), Claire, Roland, and Grace and attended St. Lawrence Catholic School.

Pauline married Calvin Joseph Thierry on June 16, 1956 and the two immediately began their family that ultimately included Calvin, Jr. (Todd), Rosemarie, Dee, Timothy, Barbara, Kevin, Louis, and Jeffrey. Pauline’s gardening, cooking, baking, entertaining, and being a good neighbor, especially at the little house on Linnet, were her primary pastimes throughout this period.

Following Calvin’s death from cancer on January 27, 1991, Pauline moved to Sun City, California to live near her mother and siblings. So now, with some time to herself, she pursued her interests in history and politics through extensive reading and listened to a lot of music. On many occasions, Pauline was discovered dancing around her house with The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, The Doors, and Tom Jones, among others, heard playing (loudly!) in the background. Sun City is also where she met Bob Knechtel. The two became close friends, walking/shopping/breakfasting partners, and fellow road trippers.

In 2015, a year after celebrating her 85th birthday, Pauline suffered from a fall, and her health slowly deteriorated. Prior to requiring around the clock care, the home of her youngest daughter Barbara and her husband Marshall (with whom she shared a dedication to televised sports), and their daughters, Justice and Olivia provided Pauline a home filled with warmth and family.

Pauline Marie Thierry will always be remembered for her infectious smile, positivity, kindness, loving nature, spirituality, and hospitality. Though a small, petite woman, her tremendous strength and immense heart are the legacy her children have gifted to their families and friends.
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I remember visiting the Thierry house when we were kids. Pauline and Calvin were always so welcoming. We would spill out of the car and quickly be swept up in the laughter and high spirits. Running around the yard with our cousins was something we looked forward to and, of course, the food was delicious and plentiful. Wishing the entire family comfort in the days ahead. The gifts you were given have been passed down the generations, and the love of your parents is ever close. - Cousin Nancy

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Jacqueline, Pauline, Claire, Grace, and Patty. Thank you for sending these, Michael Rawles.

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Antoinette and Pauline.

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We Loved your mom very much. We are so sorry for our loss and send love to your family.

-Jerry and Charles Dominigue

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Since I moved around the corner from my Aunt Pauline 10 years ago, we shared many a good conversation, meal, and lots of laughter. She shared so many stories and was a repository of family history. I will, and have, missed her bright smile and big welcomes whenever I would stop by. Now, I'm sure she is reunited with family who have passed from this plane. When I close my eyes, I see her sitting with Mom, Grace and Inez all full of joy.
Michele

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Whitney Collins, Beverly and Kristie Mathis and family are very saddened to hear the news and send condolences to all the family.

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