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BC: Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

FC: Memories 1923-2013 | PaulineStapleton Collier

1: Where it all began.... Paul Stapleton & Marie Keith | Tribute to Our | Grandparents

2: George Clayton and Lucy Pauline

3: Me and My Big Brother | During .... The Great Depression

4: I was raised a coal miner's daughter

5: On a hill..... in Bear Hollow

6: Growing up

7: "In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit." - Marge Kennedy

8: Dear Mom, I've wondered for the past year what I could give to you for your 90th birthday. After all, you've always told me "At my age, if I can't eat or wear it then I don't want it." There are so many lives that you have touched over the years and some you might not even know about. From your children to your grandchildren and now your great grandchildren. As your oldest grandchild, Kelly put it (on page 18), yours is "A Legacy of Love". I decided to honor your legacy in the best way I could and gather a collection of memories from your friends and family. So pour yourself a good cup of coffee and sit down while you stroll through the pages of your "Legacy of Love".

10: “In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” -Alex Haley

11: Mom, When I think back about my childhood memories of you it is overshadowed by my feelings I had each and every day, feelings of "knowing" you were taking care of "our" every need! That "care" is something that made my childhood and growing up the happiest time of my life! I wish all "GODS" children could experience that same upbringing. The world would be a much better place for everyone. Just saying "Thank You" is not enough for your "unselfish loved and commitment" to your children. We are "all" better human beings because of you! "I LOVE YOU" Shawn

13: My dearest Momma, I have really struggled with finding words to express how I feel about you. In short, you are simply AMAZING!!! I read a quote the other day that said, "If your husband treats you like a Princess, then he was raised by a Queen". So you are our Queen as Shawn definitely treats me like a Princess! I have to smile when you say to tell Shawn he needs to take me out for a nice dinner on any special occasion, because I don't have to tell him, he already has it planned. He learned the best from you and Dad. I have absolutely LOVED pretty much every minute that I have spent with you (except when I had to take you to the hospital). The drives to Tennessee and Virginia, the Papa Murphy pizza nights, the time we spend just chatting and drinking a glass of wine. I wouldn't trade any of that time for anything. I only wish I had known you and Dad sooner. Thank you for loving me (and Kaiti) and accepting us as family and for never judging us. That has meant more than you can ever imagine! I am looking forward to spending more precious time with you. You are an inspiration to me. Love you, Betsy

14: My Mom Where does one start to pen a brief memory about their mother. That is an impossibility. My mom was the perfect mom! She made a home for her children that nourished us in all ways that sadly many children miss. We grew up watching our mother put

15: her family first and sacrificing her all for us. Some may scoff that keeping a clean home, providing wholesome meals, clean clothes and all the stability that my mom did is not that important. But they are wrong! Children want and need that environment. That's what my mom gave us all. A stable home to grow up in. Never once...although I'm sure there must have been some, did I see my mom arguing with my dad. Stability - children flourish in it or wither without it. I will never forget in my life what a great upbringing I had and I owe it all to my mom. Thank you mom. Thank you for raising me up in such a wonderful place. Thank you for all those mornings in the in your little robe making us Pillsbury donuts with the chocolate icing. Thank you for always just being there when we got home from school or playing. Thank you for being my mom. Love, Jeff

17: How can I condense all of my feelings for my mother who has been everything I needed in my life into one paragraph? I love you mom more than words can express. Today I pray that Christ will bless you on your 90th birthday with the peace that surpasses all understanding. Love, Scott

18: Our First Grandchild | A Legacy of Love

19: I feel so fortunate to be part of celebrating Grandma's 90th birthday today. As far back as I can remember, she has been there for me. I have wonderful memories of birthday parties, first dance recitals, playing in the big backyard on Melbourne Court, trips to Stein Mart to pick up a new skillet, New Year's Eve and sleeping over, holiday dinners and long talks around her kitchen table. I remember the summer Grandma and Grandpa welcomed me to live with them when I was working in Fort Wayne, giving up not only their coat closet, but the quieter home to which they had grown accustomed. In addition to the beautiful, everyday moments we have had together through the years, Grandma has been there to support and celebrate with me on some of the most important days of my life: my graduation days, my wedding day and the baptism days of my children. Hers is a legacy of love that has extended to her children, her grandchildren and now to her great-grandchildren. I am proud and grateful that my children are part of her legacy and that they, too will always remember all of the wonderful visits to Grandma Collier's. Love, Kelly

20: “In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” -Alex Haley

21: Grandma you have been and continue to be a pillar of strength, a true representation of feminine grace and the purest model of love and devotion to your family and friends and to all who are blessed to know and love you. My most cherished times with my grandmother were usually spent in the same simple setting....sitting cross legged over the years at her kitchen table while she cooked and we talked about love, life, relationships and the ways of the world. There was an ever present abundance of laughter, food and fellowship that took place at that table over the years. It was this same kitchen table that you fed your six children on, their wives and their children and it was at this table where I really came to know your incredible strength and wisdom. There was a feeling of comfort felt by being in that kitchen. It was there that time seemed to stand still and all the burdens and troubles of the world would melt away and there was nowhere else you would rather be. Being in your company over home made chicken and noodles and mashed potatoes was hands down my favorite way to spend a Friday night and where I would spend most of my free weekends once I was old enough to drive. I loved and cherished our times together and I am confident that much of who I am today was influenced by the many talks we shared at that table over the years. Love, Chandra

22: Family

23: I have so many fond memories of my childhood with my Grandma. Most of my memories are very simple and sweet. I most loved spending the night at her house (especially with Chandra). Grandma would let us stay up really late to play and would always cook us the best meals. Some of my other favorite times with grandma were going shopping and out to eat with her. I also liked when she would take me to her friend's houses such as Marge and Phyllis...they were really fun ladies! I love you Grandma! I will always cherish all our time together. Love, Carrie

25: One funny story that I remember about Grandma is when Rannah, the German Shepherd was around. I stayed with Grandma & Grandpa for a long weekend. The only dog I had ever been around was Rannah. I would fill her food bowl every time I would pass it that weekend. She kept pooping many, many times in the garage at night and Grandma was so mad when she woke up in the morning and had to clean it up. I remember that Grandma didn't know what was wrong with the dog. Toward the end of my stay, Grandma caught me filling up the dog bowl and then realized what I had been doing over the last few days. She was mad at me but I was too young to know any better. Looking back that is a funny memory that I have of spending time with Grandma. Love, Andy

26: old Times

27: Anyone who knows me will not be surprised to know that some of my favorite memories of Pauline have to do with food! The first time I met her I was 18 years old and Scott's new girlfriend. I was invited to Scott's house for dinner. I was nervous and when we sat down to eat I was given a plate with what looked to me like a giant baked potato and then I was given another baked potato! It turned out that the first thing was Pauline's wonderful Chicken Kiev! It became my most favorite thing that she made and she really had to like you to make it because it was very labor intensive! My memories of holiday meals and especially family meals around the kitchen table on Melbourne Court always have Pauline at the center of it all. Dishing up food made with loving hands and a heart that wanted to take care of her family and always laughter. Love, Beth

29: Some of my favorite memories with Grandma (and Grandpa) are the most simple ones...There are many special memories of being with them at the house on Melbourne, hanging out on a lazy weekend afternoon or after work...Grandma and I would throw a delicious steak dinner with salad and baked potatoes while we would discuss the latest pop news. Grandpa and I would watch a basketball or football game and of course some FOX News and just chat. Grandma would even occasionally watch with us! There is something so comfortable and relaxing just to be with them whether it was indoors or outside on the deck. I can still hear Grandpa's little laugh and see the sweet look on Grandma's face when he would recall seeing her for the first time as a teenage girl all bundled up in a snowsuit walking to school. All my love, Courtney

30: Generations

31: I remember going to Grandma's Christmas Eve service with her every year when I was young. I loved her church service and looked forward to going with Grandma. I also remember one time when I was little my mom took me to "take your daughter to work day" and I made about twenty dollars in tips. Grandma picked me up that day and I convinced her to take me to the store to buy something with my tip money. When we got there I found something that I liked for about twenty dollars and on our way to the checkout line I tried to convince Grandma to buy it for me so I could save my money. She laughed and thought it was funny that I would ask that. Needless to say I ended up using my money. I loved going to Grandma's house and watching her cook. She is the best cook in the world. I always joked with her that she needed to teach me how to cook because I know nothing about it. I love you Grandma! I have learned so much from you and thank you for everything you have done for this family! Without your good looks where would we be! Love, Kaley

33: My vivid memory of Aunt Pauline was when I was a little girl and Aunt Pauline's family came for a visit in the summer to Pop and Mother Collier's. It was always a fun time when we would all get together for outdoor picnics. Pop was always going to the store and bringing back little brown bags full of candy which Shawn loved. I have a memory of the summer they came and Aunt Pauline was pregnant with either Shawn or Leslie and had a red maternity top on and was scurrying about as if there was "no baby bump!" Happy 90th birthday Aunt Pauline! Love, Sherry

35: There are so many wonderful stories to tell about Pauline (Mama). I remember how she would freak out when the kids had pop in the living room. I bought this fake can of Coke that looked like it had spilled and was in a puddle all around it. Anyway, I laid it on the couch and it was "Epic Pauline". Haha! It was so funny, you can imagine the look on her face! I enjoyed the time I had around her when Scott and I were married and am so fortunate to still be a part of her life! The Collier family is an awesome loving family. I'm proud to say my kids have Pauline and Worley running through them. She was always and still is, the Mother that I missed out on having in my adult years! I love her dearly! Lori

36: my grandma

37: One of my favorite memories of my Grandma is when we were having a family picture taken and I had fake fish bait in my hand. I kept holding it up when they were taking the picture and Grandma kept yelling at me to stop. I didn't listen to her so she forcefully held my hands behind my back until the picture had been taken! She has always been the best Grandma in the world and I have so many great memories that it's hard to pick just one but that's a funny one that I remember. Happy 90th Birthday Grandma! Love Max

38: Dear Pauline, You are a gifted treasure from our Creator. I rejoice that we share the hope that we are living forever in the love of God. Happy Birthday. Always in Christ's Love, Mary

39: Pauline took care of me when I was a baby all the way through Kindergarten. Our families had been friends from church and the neighborhood. My childhood memories of Pauline were always having an impeccably clean house, and making the best Christmas cookies. Worley was always teasing me and making up stories. I enjoyed being part of the family growing up. As I grew older, I always tried to stay in touch and come for a visit when I had a chance, though not as often as I would have liked to. Pauline had the gift of gab, a trait my mother and I seem to have as well. Visits at Pauline's house (or the China Buffet) over the years were never short, as there was always so much to catch up on. It's hard to believe Pauline will be 90, it just doesn't seem possible. It also doesn't seem possible that she was over 50 when she started taking care of me. I have lots of good memories of her. She's a wonderful lady. Happy Birthday! Love Coleen

40: I first met Pauline and her family about 45 years ago. In the Fall of 1967 when I became the organist at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Even though I had family in Fort Wayne already, my husband Ed did not and somehow we got "adopted" as part of the Collier family. It was meant to be. Pauline was like another older sister or second mom to me in many ways and Ed enjoyed talking hunting and guns with Worley and the boys. We all thoroughly enjoyed each other. Pauline deserved both the "home-maker of the year" and Mrs. Hospitality" awards every year. Soon on I was invited for coffee after Leslie's piano lessons and then Ed and I would often be invited over for a meal. We would be "just visiting" sometimes and all of a sudden Pauline would be rustling up some food for everyone. I have always admired and been amazed by Pauline's ability to serve up delicious food whenever anyone was in her kitchen. I have enjoyed hundreds (or possibly thousands) of cups of coffee served by Pauline as we yakked and solved all the problems of our families, our churches, our society, and whatever came up to talk about.

41: By the summer of 1978, my family, which now included my son Ryan, moved out of the neighborhood to where I still live on Coldwater Road. After the move, our lives did not intersect with the Collier's so much anymore. The Collier kids all "grew up" and things changed in the way that "life goes on". What has never changed for me, though, is the deep love, respect, admiration, and life-long friendship I feel for and experience with Pauline. Over the years, there have been long periods (sadly) when we did not get together. (I regret not trying harder.) However, when the times came, we talked and laughed and remembered and carried on as if we'd never been apart. I feel so blessed to have been part of the Collier family at least some of the time. Pauline's strength, wisdom, humor, and "being-ness" have been for me so precious and inspiring. My life is so much richer and stronger because of her enduring friendship and her example of how to live. Happy 90th, Pauline! I love you! Phyllis Bush 3/10/2013

42: My thoughts and prayers are with you on your 90th Birthday! Love & God Bless You Always, | Dear Pauline, I have enjoyed the times we have gotten together with you, Betsy, and Jan. We have shared some fun times and also some sad ones. We both lost our Dear Husbands (Worley and Sam) in 2011 and miss them very much. They were both in the Service and we have shared stories and have a lot in common with one another. It seems like we have known one another forever. We always have such a good time when we get together, whether it is your home or mine. I really enjoyed the evening you came over when the "Sounds of Friendship Chorus" sang to both of us! Betsy's solos were beautiful. Your Friend, Angie Ventruella

43: Dear Momma Pauline, We wish you a 'Very Happy 90th Birthday!' You are one amazing Christian woman and you certainly look terrific! You are a Wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother to your children and a very special Mother-in-law, to our dear sister/friend, Betsy. How blessed she is to have you in her life. I know how proud you are of all of your family and that is evident by the many photos you display in your home. From the first time I met you, I enjoyed talking with you as you shared your family photos with me. You are such a loving and caring person and always have a smile on your face. The times that Mom (Momma Angie) and I have gotten together with you and Betsy for prayer, dinner, singing, or just talking, has been so enjoyable! The times with Shawn, Scott, and Leslie have also been fun times! They say that 'Laughter' is good for the soul and we thank you for that! Love & God's Blessings for a 'Very Special' 90th Birthday! Jan & Dana Hoopingarner

44: Girl Time with Grandma

45: One of my favorite memories with Grandma Collier was when she came to stay with us last summer. Each morning, my mom would make us a delicious homemade breakfast. We would eat out on the patio by our pool. Then Grandma and I would walk over to the shallow end and put our feet in the water, We would just sit there and talk while we splashed our toes in the pool. I really enjoyed the time that I was able to spend with her. My only regret is that it didn't last longer! Love Hannah

47: These photos were taken 43 years ago, as I was about to become part of the Collier family. Now, I am a mother and grandmother too; so very thankful for all the women in my family through my entire life. Pauline Collier loved the Lord, loved her husband and children, loved all of her family, loved to keep a clean home, loved to cook, loved her friends....and loved the fresh food from a garden. Pauline helped us plant our very 1st garden and I have planted a garden every year since then. I can using my Grandma's canner. Pauline worked hard, had boundless energy, and good health reaching this her 90th year. It has been a joy knowing the fruits of your spirit, as well as the vegetables from a garden too! Happy, Happy 90th Birthday to You, Connie Hobson Collier Ker

48: Pauline, We have known each other since our sons were in Cub Scouts. You are very special to me and I value your friendship very much. Love you lots, Audrey I. Swihart

49: "Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends - and hardly ever our own grown children. " -Ruth Goode "What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. " -Rudolph Giuliani | Tribute to Our | Grandchildren

50: Pauline, We've been friends for over 60 years! I can still remember watching the kids whenever you would go to the hospital to have a new baby! Then we would go grocery shopping every Friday night and leave Worley and Charlie with those kids! Remember when I taught you how to drive. You took Worley for a ride and crashed the car! We've had a lot of good times over the years. Can't believe you're turning 90! Seems like just yesterday we were on Smith Street and Geronimo and Kenny were playing together. Love, Margie

51: My memory of Grandma is when she came up to our house last summer. I would work out for 5 hours in the heat and then come home and collapse. I came home one day and Grandma looked at me and said, "It's a little hot, isn't it?" The way Grandma said this made me laugh. Grandma is so great and she is such a role model of how to live like a strong Christian. | Love, Austin

52: “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” -

53: I appreciate Pauline for her devotion to her husband, her family and her God. Although her journey through life has been one marked with it's share of difficulties she remained faithful and devoted to all three. I'm thankful for the example she has been to Leslie and how Austin, Hannah and I have benefited from that Godly example. While some may not appreciate those of us that need everything in order, I can sure appreciate this trait in Pauline. I will remember the neat home that she kept and that she was always the best dressed lady when our family would accompany her to church. Thank you for helping me fight against the forces (Leslie, Austin and Hannah) who felt that a dog in the Weirich home would be a good thing. We both know that nothing good can come from picking up dog poop. Thank you for being my mother-in-law! Love, Keith

54: I have been friends with Pauline for approximately 30 years. We first met in church and then gradually became better acquainted as time went by. One of the great things I love about Pauline is her loyal friendship to me. No matter if I had a problem or needed something from her, she would never let me down, even if it was a family matter.

55: She always seemed to be there to help me out. Generally being a very private person and good listener, I felt like I could tell her anything and it wouldn't go any farther. As her health has recently interfered with some of our plans we still enjoy our Bible Study and love to discuss our religious beliefs. One of the funniest things Pauline does is every time we go out to eat she can hardly wait to brush her teeth. She has most of the enamel brushed off of them! Pauline is very family oriented and loved her husband very much. Worley became close to me and was my dad's "hunting buddy". We had many good times together. One thing outstanding about Pauline is her work. It was always done before she could go out and enjoy herself. I had never visited her that she didn't offer me something to eat. She would always lecture me on not eating properly, but I can't help but love her. In closing, I would say she is one of the most stubborn people I know. She will always let you know how she feels. The years have flown by and I hope we have many more years together. Your Friend Forever, Carolyn

56: Happy 90th Birthday Grandma! The best of birthday wishes! Thank you for all you do for us! | Love, Ethan Scott and Loren Paul

57: Gramma, I will always remember you by your joyful personality, and also by your cooking! Every time I come over you always do so much to make me happy, but just visiting with you makes me happy. I will never forget our times together. I love you Gramma. Ethan

58: A Legacy of Love

59: Dear Mom, When I think back over my life, I can't remember a single moment when I didn't feel your unconditional love. You have been with me through the joy and the sorrow. I will never forget when my grief counselor reassured me that I was going to get through the loss of my precious Collier. I asked her how she could know this and she simply said, "Because you have a wonderful role model in your mother...she lived through it and so will you". She was right on both counts. I have lived through the loss and I do have a wonderful role model. It was through your strength and love that I was able to rebuild my life and seven years later you were there for me again. I could never imagine the gift of Keith and the kids but you were there to celebrate that moment with me also. I feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to spend so much time with you over the past several years. I will always treasure the memories of our trips to Hawaii and the cruise we took on your 80th birthday. We have had so much fun together and I know that the Lord is preparing a place for you that is even greater than the most magnificent cruise ship! I will see you there! 1 Corinthians 2:9 Love, Leslie

61: What comes to mind when I think of Pauline is her love for her family and desire to serve the Lord. Pauline was always proud of her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren because she could see the unique qualities that each individual possessed and contributed to the family. She is the great example of a Christian wife, mom and grandmother. Pastor Jerry

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