Pauline Frei, 85, of Cottonwood, Idaho, passed away July 9, 2014, at the Grangeville Health & Rehabilitation Center of complications due to a broken pelvis.
She was born to Frank W. and Anna Koepl Nuxoll June 9, 1929, the sixth child of 10. Pauline graduated from Greencreek High School in 1947 as salutatorian. She married Venard (Shorty) Frei May 25, 1948, at Greencreek. After their marriage they lived on the Joe Gehring farm southwest of Cottonwood. In 1952 they built their family home four miles north of Cottonwood on the Frei family farm.
A lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church she had been active in the Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters and Saint Isadore Guild.
Pauline had a passion for genealogy. Using newspaper articles and interviewing family members, she compiled and wrote the Frei family tree. By clipping newspaper articles of marriages, births and deaths, she continually strived to maintain the extensive Nuxoll family tree.
Pauline was a very social being, loved meeting people, playing cards, traveling and dancing. While raising her family, Pauline enjoyed many summer days fishing at their cabin land in Idaho County. Pauline and Shorty bartended for many years at the Grangeville Elks, the Charcoal Broiler at Grangeville and at the Royale Room in Cottonwood. During their retirement, the couple traveled extensively, spending the winter months in Yuma and Bullhead City, Ariz.
For the past 10 years, Pauline was fortunate to enjoy the companionship of Lloyd Mork. They shared a love of gardening and dancing.
She is survived by six children, Linda (Larry) Cooper of Kooskia, Tom of Grangeville, Sarah (Danny) Wright of Kennewick Wash., Tammy (Roy) Baldus of Lewiston, Pat Alfrey of Ferdinand and David (Kathy) of Cottonwood; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Isabel West of California, Bart (Lorraine) and Lloyd (Betty) Nuxoll of Greencreek, and Art (Betty) Nuxoll of Hayden, Idaho.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Shorty in December, 1993; companion, Lloyd Mork in October 2012, sons-in-law, Jim Green, Jr. and Lonnie Alfrey; siblings, Robert Nuxoll, Donald Nuxoll, Clara Morris, Alice Kowaleski and Vera Fowler.
Services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood on Tuesday, July 15. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. Mary’s Parish, P.O. Box 425, Cottonwood, ID 83522.
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