Pauline Hennings

1923 - 2013


Pauline Hennings

Dec. 28, 1923 — June 29, 2013

Pauline “Polly” Louise (Pennell) Hennings, 89. Pauline was born Dec. 28, 1923, to Claude and Anna (Duffy) Pennell in a farm home near Hay, Wash. She attended McNeilly School when the family moved to Wilcox, and upon a later move she graduated from Prescott High School in 1941. Pauline attended Washington State College until 1943. She worked at Falkenberg’s Jewelry Store in Walla Walla and later as an assistant teacher in Harlem, N.Y. She then graduated from the University of Washington in 1947. Following graduation, Polly was hired as the executive director of the Columbia Basin Girl Scout Council. She married John Hennings on Jan. 9, 1954, in Coeur d’Alene, and lived in the Carico Hills area of Adams County until her heart gave out at her home Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Pauline taught Junior High at Ritzville School District from 1972-1982. She was a member of PEO Ritzville Chapter AR; American Association of University Women. Pauline was named Cattlewoman of the Year by Adams County Cattlewomen, and 1980 Lady of the Year by Ritzville Beta Sigma Phi Chapter. She was a charter member of Washington Ag Forestry program.

Survivors are brother, Lee (Carole) Pennell of Walla Walla; brother-in-law, Richard (Jake) Jacobson of Walla Walla; daughter, Mary Lou Courchaine (Steve) of Newman Lake, Wash.; and son, Ronald John Hennings (Ann) of Sprague, Wash.; grandchildren, Jared (Rebecca) Taylor of Oklahoma City, Okla., Sarah Courchaine of Chandler, Ariz., Chase Courchaine of Houston, Texas, Heather, Hugh and Heidi Hennings of Sprague, Wash; numerous nieces and nephews; lifelong friend, Dena Freese Roberts and her family of Bellevue. Preceded in death by her husband, John Hennings Feb. 2, 2012; her sisters, Marie (Pennell) Hart of Moses Lake and Hazel (Pennell) Jacobson, Sunnyside, Wash.; and brother, Bobby Pennell.

Funeral arrangements are directed by Danekas Funeral Home and services will be held July 9, 2013, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice. Later, private internment is planned.


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