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A lifelong resident of the Ava area Pauline Sellers Wilson was born Nov. 2, 1926, in Ava, to the late Bailey and Ethel (Bunyard) Burton, and departed this life Aug. 23, 2006, at the age of 79.
Pauline was a lifelong resident of the Ava area. She had a college degree in teaching. She taught in the country schools at Frye, Silver Shade, Mt. Tabor and Walnut Grove.
She began work for the Division of Family Services in July 1952 as a caseworker. She was promoted to the position of county director of the Douglas County office in December 1972. She worked for the Division of Family Services for more than 35 years before retiring.
Pauline and Burl Sellers were united in marriage in 1946 at Mtn. Home, Ark. To this union two sons were born. On Feb. 22, 1990, Burl preceded her in death.
On Jan. 31, 1993, Pauline and John Wilson were united in marriage at the Frye Church in Douglas County where they both were members.
She is survived by her husband, John, of the home, Ava; two sons, Steven Sellers, Ava, and Gregory and TeNeil Sellers, of Ozark; four grandchildren, Bryan, Katie, Brandon and Stephanie, and soon to be Broderick; two sisters, Bernice Steele and Dessie Buchanan and husband, Ivan, Ava; a sister-in-law, Elsie Huff, Ava; a brother-in-law, Bob Wilson, state of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.
Pauline loved her home on the farm and her dog, Bailey. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening and catching fish with John down at the lake. She loved playing games with her grandchildren and having birthday parties for her family.
Most of all, she loved her family.
Pauline was preceded in death by her first husband, Burl, her parents, a brother, Bill Burton, and a sister and brother-in-law, Bertha and Norman Haskins.
Services were held Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Revs. Oren Alcorn and Donnie Pruiett officiating. Interment followed in the Ava Cemetery.