Pauline Brazell Oakes


(November 6, 1930—December 12, 2020)

Pauline Brazell Oakes, 90, of Stephenville, died Saturday, December 12, 2020 in Stephenville.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM Thursday, December 17th at Glenn Cemetery in Bluff Dale with Gary Williams officiating.  Visitation with the Oakes family will be 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Thursday at Stephenville Funeral Home

Pauline was born in Tolar, Texas to Alvin Brazell and Margaret Dumas Brazell on November 6, 1930.  She grew up in Tolar and attended Tolar Schools.  On November 29, 1947 she married the love of her life, Duane Oakes in Tolar.  They made their first home in Spearman, Texas.  In 1950 they moved back to Tolar with two babies born 14 months apart.  They lived in Tolar for a short time and then moved to Bluff Dale where they remained for the rest of their lives together.

Pauline started her career outside the home in 1961 as a beautician.  She worked in the first Beauty Shop in Bluff Dale.  In 1965 she started working part time as a postal clerk at the Bluff Dale Post Office and then in 1975 she was commissioned as the Post Master of the Bluff Dale Post Office where she worked until her retirement in 1990.  After her husband died in 1994, Pauline moved to Stephenville to be near her two children.  She then spent a number of years as a volunteer with the Hospital Auxillary.

Pauline is survived by her two children, Coy Oakes and wife Vicki of Stephenville and Diane Smith and husband Tim also of Stephenville.  She is survived by five grandchildren, Michael Norris and wife Holly of Kyle, Texas, Keri Behrends and husband Brian of Pekin, Illinois, Bryan Oakes and wife Becca of Kempner, Texas, Jennifer Hill and husband Jimmy of Mineral Wells, Texas, and Vanessa Mason and husband Wes of Fort Worth; seven great grandchildren, Ethan Oakes of San Angelo, Texas, Parker Huse, Zach Behrends, and Matt Behrends of Pekin, Illinois, Blythe Mason, Truett Mason, and Magnolia Mason of Fort Worth, Texas.

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Oakes in 1994, and her three sisters, Beatrice, Betty, and Donna; and her brother, Alvin.

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