Pauline Francis Tyer was born February 7, 1921 to Rachel and William Tyer at home in Shelby County. She was the eighth of nine children. She passed away into the arms of Jesus on October 27, 2011 in Friendswood, TX.
She is preceded in death by: her husband and father of her children, Robert Neal McFadden, SR.; her son, Robert Neal McFadden, Jr.; her granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Bleacher; her late husband, Marion Leo Hayes; her parents, William and Rachel Tyer and all of her brothers and sisters; Thelma McCauley Tillman, Celeste Lindsey, Ellis Benton Tyer, Barksdale Crenshaw, Sallee Simonds, Eugene Debbs Tyer, Leonard Dean Tyer, and Janelle Edwards.
She is survived by her daughter Sharon Camper and her husband Jim Camper; her great-granddaughters Marlayna Leigh Livingston and Mia Lynn McFadden Bleacher, step-grandchildren, James Camper and Christina Camper and numerous nieces and nephews.
She grew up in Timpson, TX. She was baptized in The First Christian Church when she was 13. She graduated from Timpson High School and Massey Business School in Houston. She landed her first job with Pure Oil Company in Beaumont, TX. However, her career was short lived because she married Mac, her high school sweetheart in 1942. They moved to California during the World War II era because he was stationed with the Navy in San Diego. Their first child, Sharon, was born, so when the war was over they wanted to come back to Texas to be near family. They settled in Houston and then their son Robert was born. This was a happy family with a bright future. They were involved in the Garden Villas Baptist Church every time the doors were opened. Mac was selected the youngest deacon to ever serve at that church. Pauline taught the adult married Sunday School class. Mac was promoted to Senior Engineer at Houston, Light and Power, Pauline was involved in ceramics, homemaking and her children.
Then tragedy struck. Mac died from a massive heart attack in 1954. Pauline, a young widow, soldiered on to keep her children together and retain as much normalcy as possible. At one time, she held three jobs. She remarried, only to lose her son, Robert, in his senior year of high school. She was widowed again in 1969. Her only granddaughter, Jennifer, died from cancer in 2007. Pauline said, ""I've had a sad life, but I am not a sad person."" She was sustained by her daughter, a deep faith in God, ballroom dancing, many varied interests and a large circle of friends.
In her later years she had health problems; knee replacement, heart surgery, colon surgery and severe back pain. She always tried to get well though by exercising, eating healthy and following doctor's orders.
These truths can be said of Pauline Tyer McFadden Hayes:
She had deep faith. She loved Robert Neal McFadden until the day she died. She loved to dance. She was not a morning person. She was honest. She was a tough business woman and a good provider. She had tremedous self discipline. She thought being fashionably late was part of southern etiquette. She was a good mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was known to have a bit of stubbornness. (or as she would say ""backbone"")
She never told her age. She was kind and a loyal friend. She had a zest for life. She was always the prettiest woman in the room. She will be greatly missed.
Her funeral service on November 1, 2011 was officiated by Winston Goens, Senior Minister of Sunset United Methodist Church, 709 Allendale Pasadena, TX and Preston Vickrey of The First Christian Church, Timpson, TX.
She in interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, TX.
The Pall Bearers were: Larry Soloman, Mark Solomon, Walt Simonds, William Edwards, David Billingsley, Dan Shepherd and Carl Ball.
Special Thanks to: Above and Beyond Assisted Living and Compassionate Care Hospice, and friends Sarah Hahne and Tamara Vogt.
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