'My amazing woman', as her beloved husband Randy often referred to his bride, Paulene June Moa left their Bellingham home the evening of Sunday, October 16th, 2017. Randy, their grandson, Joe, her eldest son, Kenneth, youngest daughter, Alicia and best friend, Kathy were by her side as she slipped away to finally be with her Lord.
Pauline was born one of eleven children on the 26th ofJune, 1936 in Viroqua, Wisconsin to Kenneth Russell Cunningham and Thelma Marie (Potter) Cunningham.
Everything family was what Pauline (Polly) was most passionate about - and friends. A stranger was hard pressed to tell the difference and I heard it exclaimed that if you found yourself in Polly's house, you soon found yourself in her family. She lived with, in, through, because of and for them. Love of family was the source of most of her intentions and all of her dreams.
Pauline worked a dozen, different jobs and set her hands to various tasks but her heart's calling was always hospitality. Among her first responsibilities were taking care of her younger siblings and neighbors. She worked in convenience stores, large stores, restaurants and at Kenworth Trucks. She managed motels, and the Snowline Inn at Mount Baker where she met her 'Amazing Randy'.
Her and Randy married in August of 2001 in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho and opened the doors to their home for many family members and friends over the years. For the past five years their lives have been lovingly and selflessly devoted to raising Randy's young grandson, Joe.
Patriotism was another grand passion to which Polly was devoted. As a young adult she became a member of a local U.S.O. group. In her late sixties she became involved with the Tea Party, investing much time, effort, wisdom and wit into the 'cause'. Throughout her life, she remained a thankful and loyal citizen of the beloved country her parents migrated to from Oslo, Norway a century ago.
I remember many years ago, her leaving a very big impression on my little heart once when I heard her sing the National Anthem. Music always played a part of Pauline's life. Wether she was entertaining the Troops, soothing her babes with lullabies, singing Etta Jame's 'At Last' at her granddaughter's wedding or whispering an old hymn on the eve before her passing, she rarely missed a beat.
Besides her love for family, country and music, Polly also enjoyed baking, boating, weekends at her cabin, traveling, reading (and Randy reading to her), her dogs, Orchids, Seahawk football and elephants - always giving thanks to God for every good gift.
All of her life Pauline had a close relationship with her Creator. In these past two years her faith grew into a beautiful light that seemed to embrace everyone near to her. Even as her body failed her, her smile never faded and her Spirit strengthened enough to help her soul finally let go.
And so her memory remains with us.
Pauline is survived by her husband and hero, Randy and their brave young Joe, her brothers; David, Russell and Greyson and their spouses , her sisters; Gloria, Ramona and Cindy and their spouses, her sons; Kenneth and Scott, daughters; Donna and Alicia, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and her dearest friend, Kathy.
There will be a Memorial service celebrating her life:
Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 - 4:00
At The Rome Grange
2821 Mt. Baker Hwy.
Bellingham, Wa. 98226
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to any non-profit Cancer Research group of your choice. Thank you.