Pauline Ramsay Marston


Pauline (Polly) Ramsay Marston died July 20, 2008 in Payson, at the age of 100. She was born in a haunted house near the Tibetan border in Chengdu, Szechuan, China in 1907.

Following mission schooling near Peking and the death of her mother, the family returned to America. Upon completion of high school, she enrolled in the class of 1929 at Wheaton College in Illinois, where her activities included singing in the Glee Club and Ladies Quartet, joining Aeolian Literary Society, writing for the school paper The Record and being elected class secretary. After illness interrupted her studies, she completed two years at Moody Bible Institute and also earned an R.N. from Augustana School of Nursing in Chicago.

She became reacquainted with George W. Marston, Wheaton class of 1928, while nursing and they were married in October 1934.

As the wife of a home missionary, nurse and mother of four, Mrs. Marston had little time for herself. Her artistic talents did not come to the fore until retirement in Placentia, Calif. in 1967, when she excelled in art, crafts and writing.

She moved to Payson in 1999 to live out her years. Her family and friends will long remember her for her creative contributions, knowledge of the Scriptures and loyalty to her Lord.

She is survived by three children, Ruth Marston of Anchorage, Alaska, Priscilla (Reinhard) Buss of Payson and Richard Marston of Schaumberg, Ill.; one niece, Inabelle Sides of Clemmons, N.C.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1994; and her daughter, Muriel in 2006.

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