'Popular Pauline just connected with everybody'
WARM tributes have been paid to an Immingham woman who has died aged 101.
The family of Pauline O'Donnell have described her as a hard-working and bubbly person who connected with everyone she met.
Pauline was a popular figure with both staff and fellow residents at Hadleigh House care home in Pelham Road, where she passed away peacefully on November 8.
Although she lived a long and eventful life, two of Pauline's proudest moments came this year, when she enjoyed the privilege of holding the Olympic torch when it passed through Immingham and sat at the top table at the celebratory dinner to mark the town's centenary.
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Son Ray, 70, said: "She was a bubbly personality and she could speak to five-year-olds and 95-year-olds. She connected with absolutely everybody.
Son Reg, 70, said: "The carers at the home used to sit on the end of her bed and talk to her about their little problems. She got on with everybody."
Born in Grimsby in 1911, Pauline attended Eleanor Street School before working as a net braider for Cosalt on Grimsby Docks and then a dinner lady in several local schools.
In the early 1940s she moved to Hemsworth in West Yorkshire where she worked in the pit canteens, and then to Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, where she was a school dinner lady.
After briefly returning to Grimsby in the 1950s to look after her ill father, Pauline moved to South Milford, North Yorkshire, where she stayed for 30 years.
Ten years ago she moved back to North East Lincolnshire, living with her son Ray and his wife Kathleen at their home in Immingham before spending the last five years of her life at Hadleigh House, which her family say she absolutely loved.
Described by her son Reg as a "hard worker" who "took the knocks" – she had two pacemakers fitted during her lifetime – in later years Pauline enjoyed travelling the world, visiting far-flung destinations such as Russia and Jamaica, where her brother lived.
Ray said: "She went on the Channel Tunnel and the Humber Bridge. That was like a dream to her. As a young girl growing up in Yarborough Road, a day out was going to Bradley Woods for a picnic on a horse and cart."
Pauline, who was married three times, is survived by her four sons Ray, Reg, Peter and Gerald, 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
A funeral service has been held.
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