Pauline Belford

Pauline Opal Belford, 99, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Homestead Assisted Living Facility in Leavenworth, Kan., of natural causes surrounded by her children. Pauline was born on Feb. 8, 1920, in the small town of Byron, Okla., to Paul and Inez Rader. She grew up in Blackwell Okla. She married COL (Ret) Jack F. Belford and had five children; Janice, Kathy, Matt, Patricia and Mark; 13 Grandchildren and 15 Great- grandchildren.

Pauline Belford

She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as an elegant, refined lady who infused style and a touch of class in all that she did. Additionally, her friends will remember her as a person that they could always rely on, being there for them in both the good times, as well as the bad times. Pauline’s children will remember her as a devoted Mother and a dedicated Army wife who always provided for them during the ever-changing military life and who, in her own unique way, helped each of them as they lived their lives.

As a member of the Greatest Generation, she lived through the Great Depression, the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, World War II, the Cold War and the turn of the 21st Century---all momentous events in world history. During her life, she experienced her Mother feeding Hobo’s traveling the rails; the dust blowing through every crevasse of her home; working for the Boeing Aircraft Company, during the War; marrying a professional Army Officer, traveling the world for 30 years while raising a family; retired life on a beautiful lake in Kentucky; and finally settling in Leavenworth, enjoying her Golden Years with family and friends. While living an exciting and challenging life, she also had numerous accomplishments which included; successfully running various small businesses from her home, leading numerous military wives’ organizations which assisted Army families, volunteering in a variety of charitable organizations which supported the local civilian communities and actively participating in her beloved Southern Baptist Churches. Even with all her experiences and accomplishments, she most fondly remembered the little moments that truly gave her pleasure: eating watermelon on her Uncle Johnny’s family farm near Byron; gardening in her yard; sewing clothes for both herself, her daughters and her granddaughters; entertaining her friends in her home and living her faith in Jesus. A LIFE WELL LIVED.

A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please send denotations to “The Wounded Soldiers’ Program.”