Oct. 22, 1924 — April 18, 2013
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Pauline passed away peacefully on April 18, 2013. She is survived by her sister, Betty Lou (Bob) Potts of Glenbrook, Nev.; four children, Barbara Cook of Fernley, Nev., Michael and Tess Keehn of Sacramento, Christina and Randy Wissenback of Reno and Char Keehn of Lake Tahoe; 11 grandchildren, 33-and-a-half great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Bill Keehn; her parents, Arthur and Margaret West; and her brothers, Gene and Gordon West.
Pauline was born in Sacramento and graduated from Sacramento High School in 1942. She met Bill during middle school and they were a pair from then on. They married and started their family in Sacramento. When she and Bill decided to move to Tahoe City, Pauline soldiered through a long summer in campgrounds with some of her children in diapers while they built their home from a log cabin kit in 1956. The family spent countless hours and days hiking, backpacking and camping not only in the Tahoe Region but also in many National Parks in the West. Her children are grateful for how the Lake Tahoe experiences shaped the individuals they have become, especially for their love of the outdoors that is still a part of their lives.
As a volunteer at Tahoe Lake Elementary School, Pauline saw the need for a children’s library and set about creating one from an empty closet. She served in many other volunteer capacities at the school and in the community. She worked many years as the front counter clerk in the Placer County Building Department as well as holding other positions. On retirement, she and Bill moved to the community of Sierra Springs and, years later, into Pollock Pines.
Her greatest joy in retirement was her involvement in the El Dorado County Master Food Preservers and the many friends she made there. She was particularly proud of the blue ribbons and other awards she earned for her canned goods at the El Dorado County Fair. Her family, neighbors, the local firefighters, post office staff, bank tellers, grocery and drug store clerks will remember her for the jars of jam she made with so much love. Many residents of Pollock Pines will recall her as the nice lady who insisted on giving out chocolates to everyone she met. She was enjoying the beauty of her Pollock Pines home with its many Dogwood trees until the time of her passing.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, 6850 Greenleaf Drive in Placerville. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Pollock Pines Library.