Sy­bil ‘Pauline’ Cul­mer

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Sy­bil “Pauline” Cul­mer, 99, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Wed­nes­day, Oct. 11, 2017, sur­rounded by her fam­ily at Cir­cle of Life Hospice-Legacy Vil­lage in Bentonville, Ark. She was born Sept. 18, 1918, two years be­fore the 19th Amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion passed al­low­ing women to vote.

She was born to set­tlers in west­ern Ok­la­homa. Her daddy, Ha­gan, was a farmer and raised cot­ton and peanuts, along with dairy cat­tle. Her mother, Ma­bel, kept house, raised a gar­den and five girls in the dry, red-dirt of Roger Mills County. The fam­ily per­sisted through the Dust Bowl years, but Pauline knew she was not go­ing to be a farmer’s wife on the Plains. Set­ting her sights on a ca­reer out­side the home, she left the farm and went to sec­re­tar­ial school in Ok­la­homa City.

She met the love of her life, Ted­die Ray Cul­mer, whom she mar­ried Sept. 2, 1939. They lived in the city and coun­try, rais­ing four chil­dren.

When they re­tired was the best time of their lives. She would start in the win­ter writ­ing to Na­tional Parks and Cham­bers of Com­merce to get travel brochures and maps for their next years’ ad­ven­tures. They trav­eled the land in their RV. They made trips to see their kids scat­tered along both coasts and the Mid­west. They opened their home to fam­ily hol­i­days for many years. Liv­ing her last years at Con­cor­dia Catered Liv­ing in Bella Vista, she was a good friend to many peo­ple who live and work there. She was con­tent and re­mark­ably healthy, un­til her fi­nal ill­ness.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Ted­die, in 2007; and her son, Al­lan, in 2014.

Sur­vivors in­clude a son, Dwayne; two daugh­ters, Shair and Deb­o­rah; their chil­dren and spouses, Janet, Josephine, Carl and David; six grand­chil­dren, Joseph, David, Staci, Jen­nifer, Kather­ine and Amanda; 16 great-grand­chil­dren; and a great-great-grand­child.

Ar­range­ments are by Bella Vista Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tory.

On­line con­do­lences may be made at www.fu­neral­ma­tion.com.

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