Pauline Rea Durham, longtime Weippe resident, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Pullman where she had been residing for a short time. She was 80 years old.

Pauline was born Nov. 22, 1938, in Caldwell to Paul and Erma Rea Hafer. She grew up with her three brothers, Guy, Robert and Ed. Pauline’s family moved to Colorado for several years before finally settling in Weippe in the early ’50s. Her father worked in the lumber mills there.

Pauline graduated from Weippe High School and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow where she double-majored in biology and home economics. She met D.W. Durham of Weippe while she was in college, and they married in June of 1961.

Her first teaching assignment was in West Frankfort, Ill. The Durhams answered an opportunity for employment in Africa and moved there for the next few years where she kept busy as a mom and homemaker. They moved back to Weippe, and Pauline continued to work as a stay-at-home mom for her daughter and three sons.

She became a baptized Jehovah’s Witness in the summer of 1972. As a member of the Jehovah’s Witness congregation, she liked to teach others and spread the word of her beliefs with friends and neighbors. In 1989, she returned to the classroom and teaching in Culver, Ore., and later Irrigon, Ore., until her retirement. Pauline moved back to Weippe to enjoy her retirement with D.W.

She liked to scrapbook with old photos and made albums for her family to cherish. Pauline adored spending time with her grandchildren at every opportunity. She liked working in her yard and flower beds, and enjoyed the many flowers she grew. She enjoyed going for long walks and spending time outdoors hunting and camping. Pauline loved to cook for her boys and shared many delicious meals with family and friends.

She is survived by her three sons, Kent (Wendy) of Mount Vernon, Wash., Lance (Teresa) of Lewiston and Dirk (Jessica) of Orofino; six grandchildren, Shawn, Carrie, Tyler, Samantha, Austin and Cheyenne; and four great-grandchildren, Kylee, Emily, Bella and Olivia; as well as two brothers, Robert and Ed Hafer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Erma; her husband, D.W. in 2009; her older brother, Guy; and daughter Carry and her husband, Dan.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 21 at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. A celebration of life will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Weippe with a covered-dish meal at the Rebecca’s Hall. She will be laid to rest with the love of her life and husband, D.W., in the Weippe Cemetery.

Flowers may be sent to Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino and monetary donations may be made to the World Wide Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses in her name. Online condolences may be sent to