Pauline Katherine Keys, 97, of Cotton Gin, passed away April 29, 2015 in Mexia. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, in the Cotton Gin Cemetery with Jerry Keys officiating.
Pauline was born Jan. 4, 1918 in Freestone County, 4 miles north of Cotton Gin, to Henry Clay and Magdalene Berthelsen McKinney. She grew up during the depression in the 1930s. After walking 1 mile each day to attend the Cotton Gin School, she completed the sixth grade and then transferred to Mexia ISD, graduating in 1936.
Pauline married Jack W. Keys in 1940. While he was serving in the armed forces during World War II, she traveled with him from camp to camp throughout the United States. However, when he was transferred overseas, she remained with her parents to take care of their children, Lance and Madalene. After the war, they were blessed with three more children, Jerry, Ronnie and Kathy.