Pauline “Paulie” Landon, 90, of Idaho Falls passed away September 23, 2013 at Fairwinds under hospice care.
She was born January 15, 1923 in Paw Paw, Van Buren County, Michigan to Deo Emile Grenier and Iva Bell Mellen.
The family moved to Albion, Michigan where she attended school and graduated from Washington Gardner School.
She then graduated from Maher’s Business College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Her first job was as secretary to the Episcopalian Church priest where she stayed until a trip to San Francisco to see her childhood sweetheart, Carl Leroy Landon, in July 1942.
He was in the Navy and they were married in St. Episcopal Church on July 9, 1942.
Carl preceded her in death in 2011.
While they were in San Francisco, Paulie applied for work with U.S. Naval Intelligence.
She continued in this assignment until the end of the war when she found employment with Radio KROW in Oakland, California.
She thoroughly enjoyed her work in the radio business and stayed in one facet or another of it for many years.
She said her most interesting and challenging assignment was as President and General Manager of Radio KOIT in San Francisco.
With the end of WWII, Carl came home and they started their family.
She is survived by her children Paul Eric “Rick” (Anita) Landon and Carol Ann (Steven) Leopoldo.
The surviving grandchildren include, Jason Leopoldo, Keith Leopoldo, Melanie Landon Cruz, Christopher Ryan Landon, Bret Michael Landon, and Matthew Todd Landon.
With their spouses and children, Paulie has always been thankful to have such a fine posterity, since both she and Carl were only children.
Music always played a major role in Paulie’s life.
She played clarinet and saxophone in the high school band, and piano in the high school orchestra.
Because her mom was a polished soprano soloist, she taught Paulie to become an accompanist, her favorite musical role.
When the family joined the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in 1952, she had the opportunity to learn to play the organ and played for church services, as well as accompanying soloists frequently.
After retirement, she and Carl moved to Lakeport, California where she thoroughly enjoyed being one of the accompanists for the Lake County Community Chorus as well as playing the organ and piano in church.
She enjoyed living at Clear Lake and having the children and grandchildren come for visits and going for boat rides and picnics.
Carl and Paulie received a mission call in 1992 to serve at the Mormon Battalion Visitors Center in San Diego.
This was a calling which brought great joy to both of them and caused them to think that San Diego would be a grand place to live.
They ultimately bought a home in Chula Vista and then later moved to Idaho Falls in 2000 to be closer to family.
When they found that Idaho weather was too cold, they decided to spend their winters in St. George, Utah where they stayed at Temple View RV Resort and enjoyed singing with the 60 voice chorus at the park, as well as with the branch choir.
In addition to music, Paulie loved to read, hike, travel, and enjoyed family dinners.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley. The family will receive friends Friday from 9:30 till 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Taylor Cemetery. The family would like to thank One Source Hospice and Fairwinds for their exceptional service.