She was born June 18, 1918, at the home of her parents, Ernest and Mary (Payne) Cox about three miles southwest of Uniontown and graduated from Uniontown High School in 1937.
She married Edward Swink, Dec. 20, 1941, in Erie, Kan., where they stood in front of a Christmas tree during the ceremony, a tradition they continued by standing in front of their own Christmas tree on each anniversary of their 46 years of marriage. Edward preceeded her in death on June 12, 1988.
In addition to her husband, Edward, she was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, two brothers, Estille Cox and Virgil Cox, and two sisters, Gladys McKinnis and Hazel Hite.
Pauline attended the Uniontown Methodist Church while they lived in Uniontown until 1955, later attending the Bronson Methodist Church after their move there.
Pauline was an employee at Stroud's Store in Uniontown during the time Edward served in World War II. She kept the books for their business, Swink's Service in Bronson, from 1955 to 1988. Everyone knew they were partners in their business as well as partners in life.
Pauline was a lifelong Bourbon County resident until she moved to Drexel, Mo., in the fall of 2001 to be near her family. She lived in her own home until April of 2010 when declining health forced her to move into the Residencies of Pleasanton and later the Louisburg Care Center.
Pauline loved fishing, her chickens and sheep, gardening, canning and cooking in her earlier years. In her later years she enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's visits, her dog Nari and going to country shows with her son and daughter-in-law.
Survivors include her son, Arnold Swink and wife Sherry of Drexel, Mo., grandchildren, Doug Swink, Brian Swink with wife Jennifer and Kara Petrovic with husband John.
There are five great- grandchildren, Anna, Henry and Abby Swink and Aiden and Jackson Petrovic.
Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and other family members.
Pastor Rick Hite will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Uniontown Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the Cheney Witt Chapel
Memorials are suggested to the Drexel FFA Building Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.