On August 8, 1919, Thomas and Kate Gardner welcomed a baby girl into their four-room sharecropper’s house. They named her Pauline Imogene.
Along with her cousins and siblings, she attended Union Grove School (Tywhop) through the eighth grade. If a high school hadn’t been too far away, she might have become a school teacher—that and the fact that she fell for a charming young man named Archie Saltzman.
Pauline and Archie were married on March 23, 1935. Three years later the little Saltzman family—Mommy, Poppy, Archie, Pauline and baby Kenneth Lydell—moved to rural Campbell MO where they would stay.
She never had a “paying” job, but she had many professions through the years. As a farmer’s wife, she chopped cotton, picked corn, milked cows, gathered eggs, corralled wayward livestock, raised gardens, and when fall came, picked three hundred pounds of cotton daily in addition to weighing others in, keeping the water filled and transporting pickers to and from the field.
In her own way, she was able to teach. She had Sunday-school classes starting at St. Francis First Baptist, then Campbell First Baptist, and finally her beloved Calvary Baptist.
However, her most important students were her children: Kenneth, Linda Joyce, Archie Byron, and Pamela Kay. They were blessed to have her as momma, guide, example, confidante, and friend.
The passing of time meant she would say farewell to many of course. Her mama and papa, brothers Doc and Buck Gardner, and sister Merlie Moseley all of Rector. Son-in-law Bill Hudson of Princeton KY. Her sons Kenneth and Archie B. and husband Archie. A hundred years’ worth of friends and relatives really.
In 2012 she suffered a stroke that made living on her own impossible. She resided in Campbell General Baptist Nursing Home from December 2013 until November 24, 2019, when her heavenly Father welcomed her into her eternal home.
She is survived by her daughters Linda Hudson of Princeton KY and Pam (Doug) Deckard of Campbell MO; grandchildren Stan Hudson and Lydell Hudson of Princeton, Beth (Scott) Daugherty of Paragould AR, Jason (Stacy) Saltzman of Tiptonville TN, Bradley (Courtney) Deckard of St. Francis AR, and Brent (Valina) Deckard of Jonesboro AR; great-grandchildren Barkley (Megan) Hudson, Ben (Laura) Hudson, Josh (Sammie Jo) Hudson, Kristy Dye, McKinley Daugherty, Megan (Brandon) Hargrave, Logan (Cierra) Saltzman, Braden, Clark and Callen Deckard; great-great grandchildren Knox, Jeremiah, Rilee, Luke, Maddie, Christian, Nathan, Mason, and Kylie.
Her fondest wish would be realized if they each would accept Christ and join her in heaven some day.
Visitation was from 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Landess Funeral Home in Campbell. Funeral services will be on 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Campbell with Reverend Tony Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Campbell.
Family suggests memorials may be made to the Campbell High School Scholarship Fund.
(A paid obituary announcement)