In Memoriam: Pauline Carnell
March 23, 1905 - March 19, 2007
Pauline Carnell passed away four days shy of her
102nd birthday. Pauline was the Society's President for 13 years and was one of
the original founding members of the Society. She will be missed.
Grace Pauline (Blankenship) Carnell age 101, of Jane, Missouri, was called home
to be with her Lord and Savior at 3:41 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2007 following
a short illness.
Pauline began her journey on March 23, 1905 in McDonald County, Missouri, born
to the late Arthur and Grace Polk-Blankenship. Her mother passed away when she
was only three years of age, she went to live with her Aunt Princess
Mae Blankenship Pritchard ~ spending her younger years in Kansas City, Missouri.
Pauline began working at the age of 14 at the Klines Clothing Store in Kansas
She married Hiram Carnell on April 22, 1927 in Crawford County, Kansas and
together they traveled by train to various parts of the United States ~ from the
Alaskan border to Mexico City. Pauline and Hiram celebrated almost fifty years
of marriage together before his passing. They both were used as extras in the
infamous production of the Jesse James movie filmed here in McDonald County.
Pauline was a faithful active member of the Benton County and McDonald County
Historical Societies and the Democrat party ~ for several decades wrote a
regular column and original historical stories for the McDonald County Press; on
her 100th birthday was given the first and only key to McDonald County as well
as Missouri State House Resolution #1331 in honor of her birthday; received the
citizen of the year award from the Anderson Lion’s Club; was instrumental in
establishing White Rock Fire Department, Public Rural Water System #1 at White
Rock, Pea Ridge National Military Park in Benton County, Arkansas, Slanger Park
in Pittsburg, Kansas, Noel Park in Noel, Missouri and the Town Hole Park in
Anderson, Missouri. Pauline also volunteered for several organizations to
include McDonald County Senior Center, White Rock Fire Department, Rural Water
District 1, Simsberry Men’s Club; she was also seen weekly riding on the OATS
van to run errands, grocery shop and deliver her news article to the newspaper.
Pauline faithfully supported many churches in McDonald County and attended
several. She accepted the Lord as her Savior in her youth during a Billy Sunday
Crusade in Kansas City. Pauline was a long time member of the Liberty Baptist
Church in Kansas City. She touched many lives throughout her life and her
presence will be greatly missed.
Pauline was one of the founders of the McDonald
County Historical Society and held the office of president for over 13 years.
While president, Pauline encouraged numerous people to document and publish our
County’s history. Pauline’s favorite topic of discussion regarding her research
of McDonald County was to report about her trip to Washington D. C. to document
all of the past Post
Offices of the County.
A celebration of Pauline’s life was held on Friday ~ March 23, 2007 (her 102nd
birthday) at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church ~ Jane, Missouri.