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“Patty & Don. We are so sorry for your loss & quite amazed at how long you were blessed with Pauline's presence in your lives. She was a treasure. ...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Cherry Patrick Jamison & Virginia Patrick Hanley - TX

“Sweet Meme--She wrapped her generous, loving arms around us and included us in her wonderful family. She taught us what unconditional love is; she...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Danny and Bernetta - Searcy, AR

“My condolences and love to your precious family. I had the privilege of meeting "Meme" once and she had the most kind and welcoming spirit. It is...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Catherine Trapp

“We will miss Aunt Beulah so very much. She was a very special person. She always made me feel so much a part of the family. Our love to all the...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Tom and Dawn - Searcy, AR

“She was one of the most encouraging people I have ever met. Always helpful, if you asked her advice. She had a more open mind than I had seen before....Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: James Killebrew - L.A., CA

“So sorry to her about Pauline. She was a very special aunt.R ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Rick and Brenda Ring - FL - niece

“I feel so blessed to have been able to call Pauline my friend. She was such a beautiful woman with such a sweet spirit. Pauline was so quick witted...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: DeeAnn Watson - Georgetown, TX


Beulah Pauline Columbus went to be with the Lord on July 11, 2012, after a full life of love and joy, just eleven days before her 95th birthday in Georgetown, Texas. Pauline leaves a legacy of consistent kindness, deep joy, and loving consideration of others. Her devoted husband of 68 years, Ernie Columbus, describes her as "beautiful, thankful, loving, understanding, and always thoughtful." An amazing listener, she was quick to compliment others with encouraging words. Even in sickness, she maintained both peaceful contentment and a passion for life. Pauline held deep faith in Jesus Christ and lived an example of His unconditional love to her family and friends.

Pauline was born on July 22, 1917, the 7th of 9 children, to Charles and Bertha Slough in Searcy, Arkansas. She studied education at Harding University and later completed a Master's Degree in Counseling and Education. She married Ernest Columbus on September 18, 1943, and they had two daughters, Paula and Patty. They moved from Arkansas to Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1954 where Pauline was an educator for 27 years diligently "preparing 6th grade students for 7th grade." After retiring, she continued her passion for education traveling the world with Ernie and the American Institute for Foreign Study, impacting countless young lives with global education.

In their later years, Ernie and Pauline, lovingly referred to as "Meme and Papaw," invested much energy and derived great joy in being actively involved grandparents and great-grandparents. Additionally, she served as a Ladies Bible class teacher and volunteer counselor at the Turnpike Church of Christ. In 1990, they retired to Lake Whitney, worshiping and serving with the Whitney Church of Christ. In 2004, they moved to Sun City and became active members of the Georgetown Church of Christ. She was a lifetime member of the PTA, Retired Teachers Association and the Texas Teacher's Retirement.

Pauline expressed her creativity as a talented artist often depicting scenes of God's beautiful world on canvas. She was also a gifted seamstress creating clothing for her daughters from scratch, mending anything and constructing quilts for her great-grandchildren. She and Ernie explored over 35 different countries in their travels. A contemplative spirit, she enjoyed reading, listening to others and deep thinking with imagination. She was wise, generous, and smiled with open arms. All who knew and loved her were blessed.

She is preceded in death by all of her siblings, her parents, her beloved daughter Paula Crow, and many dear friends. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ernie Columbus, her daughter Patty Berry and son-in-law Don Berry, her son-in-law Danny Crow and wife Bernetta Crow, 8 grandchildren and spouses (Jennifer and Scott Teague of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Jeffrey and Terrian Crow of Searcy, Arkansas, Jason and Elizabeth Berry of Granbury, Texas, Nathan and Lisa Berry of Burleson, Texas, Amy and Dave Fuller of Houston, Texas, Emily and Casey Whittle of Wylie, Texas, Jarred and Jennifer Crow of Benton, Arkansas, and Jordan and Audrey Crow serving in the Dominican Republic), 13 precious great-grandchildren (Ashley Crow, Leighton Teague, Janzten Teague, Seaton Berry, Annalise Berry, Ellie Berry, Dawson Teague, Lawson Berry, JD Fuller, Zoë Fuller, Keaton Whittle, Adelyn Whittle, and Callie Crow), and many special nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 15th at 6 pm, followed by a celebration of life service at 7 pm at the Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas. Burial will be at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, at 10 am Monday, July 16th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

You are invited to share a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.

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