Pauline L. Johnston, 96, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

She was born in Dallas, Texas, on Aug. 17, 1913.

The most memorable years of her early life were spent with her two brothers and their mother on their small dairy farm in south Texas.

During World War II Pauline worked at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she met her future husband, Tom Addison Johnston.  

Together they built a small cattle farm in Katy, Texas, where they began raising Beefmaster cattle, acquiring their foundation stock from the Lasater Ranch in Falfurrias.

After her husband’s death in 1963, she and her daughter moved to a farm near Conway, where she continued in the registered Beefmaster cattle business for 37 years.

She was a member of the Foundation Beefmaster Association.

Pauline worked for several years at Kimberly-Clark in Conway, and enjoyed working at the voting polls at the Pine Mountain precinct.

She taught many of the young Round Mountain men the value of a good day’s labor, a valuable lesson that they still carry with them today. 

Strong, independent and a hard worker, she had a soft spot for stray cats and dogs.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Ann Johnston, of Hillsboro, N.M.

A private service will be held at a later date.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Faulkner County.