In Loving Memory of Pauline Anne Brown
December 26, 1956 – June 21, 2021
Devoted Wife, Loving Mother, Caring Mimi, Faithful Friend
Born December 26, 1956, to Joan and Stanley Ludwig in Washington, DC, Pauline was called home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 21, 2021. She was 64. Surrounded by her husband and children, covered in prayer and worship, she took her last breath on Earth and then her next breath in the indescribable beauty of Heaven.
After attending Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA and Brevard Community College, Cocoa, FL, she became an Air Force Officer’s Wife, and traveled with her husband of 39 years through numerous assignments. From Oklahoma City, OK; to Berlin Germany; to Fayetteville, NC; to Montgomery, AL; to Hoyleton, IL; to Vacaville, CA; to Warner-Robins, GA; to Manassas, VA; to Lillington, NC; she impacted lives and made life-long friends, while simultaneously supporting her husband and raising her three precious children. While primarily an outstanding homemaker, she served several years as office manager for the Junior League of Fayetteville, only leaving to do what she loved best … being a caring Mimi to twin granddaughters.
A member of Liberty Baptist Church, Spring Lake, NC, she served faithfully in the AWANA program and Liberty Moms program. Preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Steveand Fritz, she is survived by her husband, and life soulmate, David, as well as her dear sister, Kitty. Her legacy includes children: Ashley, Abbey, and Joshua; and grandchildren: Cameron, Addison, Rhylan, Caleb, Jackson, and Benjamin.
Pauline’s friends remember her for her passion for quilting, and her mama-bear protective demeanor over both her family and friends. She was an ever-present ally, always willing to help … whatever the need. Her steadfast faith was modeled in the way she led her life, raised her family, and ultimately how she faced adversity and the face of death, giving hope and assurance to all who knew her.
A Celebration of Life is planned for 10:00am, July 10, 2021, at Liberty Baptist Church, 1625 Ray Rd, Spring Lake NC. Final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC, eventually.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Liberty Moms, Liberty Baptist Church, 1625 Ray Rd., Spring Lake, NC 28390, in memory of Pauline.
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When God Created the Military Wife
The Good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said, "Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?"
And the Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely independent but must be called a dependent and must be sponsored to get on base. She must have the qualities of both mother and father during deployment, be a perfect hostess to 4 or 40 within an hour’s notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without an appropriate manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she is pregnant and has the flu, move around the world multiple times in as many or fewer years, have a kiss that cures anything from a child's torn Valentine to a husband's weary day, have the patience of a saint when waiting for the squadron to come home, and have six pairs of hands."
The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands! No Way!"
And the Lord answered, "Don't worry, we'll make other military spouses to help. Besides, it is not the hands that are causing the problem, it's the heart. It must be unusually strong so it canswell with pride in her husband’s achievements, sustain the aches of separations, beat on soundly when it's too tired to do so, and be large enough to say, 'I understand' when she doesn't, and say 'I love you' regardless."
"Lord", said the angel, touching his sleeve gently. "Go to bed and get some rest. You can finish this tomorrow."
"I can't, stop now,” said the Lord. "I'm so close to creating something unique. Already this model heals herself when she'ssick, can feed three unexpected guests who are stuck due to bad weather, and can wave goodbye to her husband from a runway and understand why it is important to his country that he leaves."
The angel circled the model of the military spouse very slowly. "It looks fine, but it's too soft," she sighed.
"She might look soft," said the Lord excitedly, “but she has the strength of a lion and the tenacity of a mama-bear. You cannot imagine what this woman can do or endure."
"Can it think?"
"Can it think! It can convert 1400 to 2:00PM."
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her fingers across the cheekof the Lord’s creation. "There's a leak," she pronounced. “Something is wrong with the construction. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."
The Lord appeared offended at the angel’s lack of confidence. "What you see is not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."
"A tear? What's it there for?" asked the angel.
The Lord replied, "It’s for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness and pride and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear!"
"You are a genius," said the angel.
The Lord looked somber and replied, "I didn't put it there."
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