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Obituary for Avera Pauline Bullene

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Avera Pauline Bullene

October 21, 1913 - August 31, 2013

Celebrating 99 years of life, our inspirational mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great-grandmother, peacefully passed Saturday August 31, 2013, three weeks before her 100th birthday.

Pauline was born in Frederick, Oklahoma on October 21, 1913, the daughter of  Alice Cora Gordon and William Chalmar Townsend. She was the 6th of 7 children, spending her childhood in Lawton, Oklahoma . A year after graduation from Lawton High School, she married her lifelong partner Merrell Bullene.  Pauline was a military wife while Merrell served in the army, stationed  at Fort Sill Oklahoma.  They later moved to Wyoming where her husband worked on the Union Pacific railroad, and eventually moved their family to Ogden, Utah . Together they established the Ogden Art Metal, a business they enjoyed until Merrell’s retirement.  Together they raised  4 children and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Pauline was a member of The First Christian Church and active in Church Women United Fellowship, serving as President for several years.  She was a Girl Scout leader and participated in The Evening Star and Rebekah organizations.

She was a beautiful seamstress and loved to quilt , making over 100 creations for friends and family. She donation her time and projects to the Christmas Box and local care homes.  Pauline was accomplished in making crafts of all kinds.

Surviving are three daughters; Betty (Robert) Sward, Mesa, Arizona ; Paula (Bill) Christensen, Magna, Utah and Cindy (Jerry) Tobias, Ogden, Utah. She leaves 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Merrell,  son “Bud”, all brothers and sisters, and many relatives.

Graveside Services will be held Saturday Sept. 7, 2013, 1:00  p.m. at Leavitts Aultorest Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden.  Friends may visit with the family from 11:45-12:45 p.m. at Leavitts’ Mortuary prior to Graveside service.  Online condolences may be made at



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Born: October 21, 1913
Died: August 31, 2013

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