Thelma 'Pauline' Kahl Dabney

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010

Longtime Soldotna resident Thelma "Pauline" Kahl Dabney, 82, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

No public services will be held.

Mrs. Dabney was born June 19, 1927, to Joseph Edward and Earline (Bridgewater) Kahl in Scottsburg, Ind. She graduated from high school and furthered her education by attending Secretarial School in Louisville, KY. Pauline lived in Anderson for 23 years before making Soldotna her home. She attended the United Methodist Church in Kenai and loved to donate baked goods and crafts for fundraisers. She also enjoyed knitting, reading, gardening, collecting and traveling.

"Pauline was a fantastic wife of 62 years and the guide of my life. Her spirit will always be with me and when I'm travelling, she'll be by my side. She made many friends in many places and was quick to help those in need. Throughout our years of marriage we encountered many hardships, but she was never one to complain," her husband said.

"Mama was the keeper of the family memories and mementos. She lived for her family and died surrounded by them. Mama was a fantastic cook. Family gatherings often turned into a listing of their favorite foods including her "World Famous" peanut butter fudge, 3 bean salad, carrot salad and ANYTHING she baked. Mama had very acute hearing and a phenomenal memory for names, places and events. Yvonne will miss her weekly Saturday calls and surprise checks, etc. in the mail. Eric remembers how she tried to keep him on the straight and narrow path and always forgave him when he strayed. Greg can still taste her peanut butter fudge and knew she was always there for him. Barbie loved to hear her tell stories of her life, especially the early years. She will always remember her eye for detail in all things and the way she whipped scrambled eggs and the way she cut bananas into her cereal when she was a child," her family said.

Mrs. Dabney was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Lillian (Kahl) Stein and Wilma (Kahl) Sims.

She is survived by her husband, Amanuel C. Dabney of Soldotna; children, Yvonne of Fairbanks, Eric and his wife, Rory, of Oregon City, Ore., Greg and his wife, Gillian of Fairbanks, and Barbie of Novato, Calif.; grandchildren, Chris and Jason of Homer, Erin of Wasilla, Jeremiah, Orrin, Tyrell and Ethan, all of Fairbanks; great-grandchildren, Levi, Noah, Keeley, and Audrey Anne, all of Homer, and Audrey Summer of Fairbanks.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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