Pauline Swink


September 3, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Pauline Swink, 93, formerly of Bronson, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at Louisburg Care Center.
She was born June 18, 1918, at the home of her parents, Ernest and Mary (Payne) Cox, about 3 miles southwest of Uniontown. She graduated from Uniontown High School in 1937.
On Dec. 20, 1941, she married Edward Swink in Erie, where they stood in front of a Christmas tree during the ceremony, a tradition they continued by standing in front of their own Christmas tree on each anniversary of their 46 years. He died June 12, 1988.
Pauline attended Uniontown Methodist Church, where they lived until 1955, later attending Bronson Methodist Church after their move there.
She was an employee at Stroud’s Store in Uniontown during the time Edward served in World War II. She kept the books for their business, Swink’s Service in Bronson from 1955 to 1988.
She was a lifelong Bourbon County resident until she moved to Drexel, Mo., in the fall of 2001 to be near her family. She lived in her own home until April of 2010 when she moved into the Residencies of Pleasanton and later the Louisburg Care Center.
Pauline liked fishing, her chickens and sheep, gardening and canning and cooking in her earlier years. In her later years she enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s visits, her dog, Nari, and going to country shows with her son and daughter-in-law.
Survivors include her son, Arnold and his wife, Sherry, Drexel, Mo.; grandchildren, Doug Swink, Brian Swink and his wife, Jennifer, and Kara Petrovic and her husband, John; five great-grandchildren, Anna, Henry and Abby Swink and Aiden and Jackson Petrovic; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.
She was preceded in death by  an infant son, two brothers, Estille and Virgil Cox, and two sisters, Gladys McKinnis and Hazel Hite.
The Rev. Rick Hite conducted funeral services this morning at Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial was in Uniontown Cemetery. 
Memorials to the Drexel FFA Building Fund may be sent in care of Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted online at

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