Z. Pauline Gurley
Z. Pauline Gurley of Blytheville, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, of natural causes. Pauline was a committed wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother who loved her family with unwavering devotion. After living as a beacon of love and life for 92 years, she has now peacefully entered into her eternal home to meet the God who loved her without measure.
Pauline was born in Hamilton, Ala., to the late Andy and Robbie Vickery. She met the love of her life, Elton Theo Gurley, in 1946, and they were married for 46 treasured years. They worked side by side in the fields as they started out farming in the Clear Lake and Promised Land communities outside of Blytheville, where Pauline lived for most of her life. She was a virtuous woman who selflessly dedicated her life to caring for and loving her husband and their family of two daughters and one grandson. She had a keen wit and sense of humor and enjoyed many hobbies throughout the years, including searching for her favorite collectibles, interior decorating, rooting for her favorite sports team, and traveling with family and friends. She was a long-time active member of the First Baptist Church of Blytheville, where she enjoyed praying, socializing, and studying the Bible with her Sunday School class. Her Bible is full of her hand-written notes highlighting her favorite scriptures.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers; and one sister.
Pauline leaves behind two beloved daughters, Mrs. Gaila Mullins and her husband Terry of Blytheville and Mrs. Patrice Miles and her husband Jesse of Newnan, Ga.; her beloved grandson, the Rev. Lance Mullins and his husband David Mellott of Indianapolis; a beloved brother, Don Vickery of Glendale, Ariz., many other relatives, and a countless number of friends.
She has been described as a bright star, full of positive energy and optimism, who lit up all those around her.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 17, at 10 a.m. in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Mellott officiating. Burial will be private. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blytheville or to the Humane Society of Blytheville. Following the State of Arkansas COVID-19 guidelines, no more than 100 people will be allowed to gather inside of Cobb Funeral Home at one time and practice social distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance between one another. Face masks are required to enter the building. Condolences may be expressed online to the family at www.cobbfuneralhome.com.