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Emily "Pauline" Whalen

June 27, 1930 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old


Emily “Pauline” Whalen went to meet her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 24, 2023. Pauline was born on June 27, 1930 to Dale Joseph Gilman and Lula Belle (Nelson) Gilman in Pasadena, CA. She grew up in the Pasadena area of Los Angeles and graduated High School from Los Angeles Pacific College in June 1948. She completed her first two years of college, graduating from John Muir College in Pasadena, June 1950.

In August of 1950, Pauline moved to Seattle WA, to attend Seattle Pacific College, graduating in June 1952. She chose to stay in Seattle to begin her teaching career and it was during this time she met Thomas (Tom) Landon Whalen. After Tom was discharged from the U.S. Army they were married on June 25, 1955 at the Ballard Free Methodist Church by Pauline’s uncle, the Reverend Royal Nelson. After a year in Seattle, Pauline and Tom moved to Southern California where she began a 40-year teaching career in which she taught elementary school, specializing in kindergarten through fourth grade.

In 1975, Tom and Pauline began teaching in Christian school education. In 1978, they moved the family to Redding, CA, to continue their dedication to Christian school education. For the next twenty-five years Pauline continued teaching elementary school in both the Christian and public-school systems.

In 2005, Tom and Pauline moved from Redding, CA to Nampa, ID, to in a large part, be close to numerous family and friends. Pauline’s mother’s family homesteaded in the Deer Flat area, west of Caldwell in 1905. Tom went home to be with his Lord and Savior July 20, 2018.

Pauline is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Steve) Graham; her two sons, Thomas (Glenda) Whalen and Jeffrey (Penny) Whalen; six grandsons; one granddaughter; three great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024, 11:00 AM at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Avenue South, Nampa, ID. Memorial Donations may be made to Love Inc., Nampa, ID.

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Memorial Service
February 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel
404 10th Avenue South
Nampa, ID 83651

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