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Pauline Whitehead

August 10, 1931 — July 2, 2023

Missoula

 

Grandma, a remarkable woman who brought love and joy to everyone she encountered, peacefully passed away on July 2, 2023 She leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and cherished memories that will forever be treasured by her family and friends.

Born on August 10th, 1931, in Gallup, New Mexico, Pauline was the beloved daughter of John and Rose Mosso. She grew up in a close-knit family, alongside her siblings Kathy, Rosemary, and Duke. Pauline's love extended to animals as well, and she cherished her faithful companion, Pearl, who brought her immense joy and companionship.

Polly was a devoted grandmother, and her love knew no bounds. She adored her grandchildren Xavier and Bolt Graybill, James Sturdevant, Justin, Joshua, Ismail, and Ridwan Whitehead, Ryan, Dillon, and Dakota Whitehead, and Larry and Charles Ferguson. They were the light of her life, and she cherished every moment spent with them, creating memories that will forever be cherished.

In addition to her role as a grandmother, Polly was a devoted mother. She poured her love and guidance into her children: Linda Sturdevant, Omar Whitehead, Gregory Whitehead, Georgia Ferguson. She instilled in them the values of compassion, perseverance, and family unity. As well as Mother to Daniel Graybill and Charlie Uzzle.

In addition to being a dedicated mother and grandmother, Polly lived a life filled with passion and determination. Despite being legally blind, she never allowed her disability to hinder her ambitions. In 1935, she acquired her seeing-eye dog, Blane, who became her loyal companion and allowed her to pursue her dreams. Grandma worked tirelessly, holding various jobs throughout her life, including waitress, home care nurse, and even working at Bolt & Bruizers Bakery & Barkery. Her culinary skills were admired by many, and she delighted countless people with her Breakfast Burritos, Redhot Cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies, pastries, and more.

Grandma's adventurous spirit led her to travel the world, experiencing different cultures and forming connections with people from all walks of life. She raised her family in Tucson, Arizona, and later spent her last year in Missoula, Montana, where she was able to pass in her home, under the loving care of her grandsons, Xavier and Bolt. They provided her with a nurturing environment where she flourished. Bolt Took care of her every day. loving and caring for her with all his heart. Xavier was her smiley face spending most of his life with her he was able to provide her with a place to live and enjoy her life at the end. Together, they embarked on countless adventures, from Road trip to Portland and camping trips to attending Pride events and drag shows. They celebrated her 91st birthday with the memorable surprise, a striper, and Grandmas infectious smile lit up the room. She embraced every moment, traveling across Montana, exploring Yellowstone National Park, enjoying the beauty of Flathead Lake, spending time with the family At The cabin in George Town Lake and partaking in family traditions such as holiday decorations and festivities.

Grandma was a pillar of love and support for her family. She took great joy in helping with laundry, preparing meals, and hosting memorable gatherings. From pumpkin carving contests to gingerbread house decorating, Pauline ensured that every celebration was filled with laughter and warmth.

Grandma's kindness, love, and unwavering spirit touched the hearts of countless people. She was a grandmother to everyone, extending her love and compassion to all. Her absence will be deeply felt by her family, friends, the Bolt & Bruizers family, and the community she embraced. However, her legacy will continue to inspire and guide those she left behind.

She was the guiding light for her grandsons, Xavier and Bolt, and her faithful companion, Pearl. Grandma's presence will forever be felt in their lives as they carry her love and teachings with them.

In the hearts of those who knew her, Grandma will forever remain an extraordinary soul, and her memory will be cherished with love and gratitude.

May her soul find eternal peace

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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 8, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory

1705 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59808

A potluck reception will follow the service.

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