Monday, March 13, 2017

A Look Into the Life of My Great-Grandmother

I chose to write my blog post on my great-grandmother, Pauline Warner Sawyer. My siblings and I called her "Chico." Chico was born on March 5, 1907 in a small country town called Tylertown, Mississippi (pop. 1,557) to William and Seleta Warner. She had eight siblings, 5 sisters and 3 brothers. She was the youngest out of all of them.

Tylertown located in Southern Mississippi.

Pauline met her husband, Thomas Clinton Sawyer Sr., and they had 3 children: Sylvia, Janet, and Tommy. Pauline had seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

My great-grandmother is the woman in the middle wearing a green sweater.

I conducted my research by over-the-phone interviews with my grandmother, Pauline's oldest daughter, Sylvia Sawyer Owens. Sylvia currently resides in Georgetown, South Carolina and was able to give me direct insight into the life of my great-grandmother. Also, I used the website "Find-A-Grave."

I also conducted in-person interviews with my father, Billy Owens. He was able to give me insight into my great-grandmother's personality.

Throughout my research, I learned that my great-grandmother was very involved in her church (the First Baptist Church) in Georgetown, South Carolina. She enjoyed working as the superintendent for the primary Sunday school department of the church. My grandmother, Sylvia, gained her mother's strong maternal traits and taught elementary school children. I learned Pauline enjoyed the spiritual and social aspects of church, and my grandmother told me "church was a huge part in her and her family's lives and Chico made sure of that."

First Baptist Church

If you would like to learn more about First Baptist Church you can visit their website here.

I also learned that Pauline volunteered at the Georgetown County Mental Health facility for many years. This interested me because it showed me how caring my great-grandmother was.

My father described my great-grandmother as a "kind and independent woman." He spoke of her role in him and his sister's lives and how important she was to them. He said she was a "wonderful role model," because she saw the good in everyone, and was very witty as well. He recounted memories he has of his grandmother where she was always making people laugh.

Pauline Warner Sawyer died on March 24, 2004 at the age of 97 due to natural causes. She is buried at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens in Georgetown, South Carolina. Below is a picture of the memorial garden.
Overview of Pennyroyal's landscape.

Opening gate of the memorial garden.

She is buried with her husband, Thomas Clinton Sawyer, Sr. Their grave marker is a lawn marker. Below is a picture of it.

Lawn marker of Pauline and Thomas Sawyer.

My great-grandmother.
Pauline's husband, Thomas.

I have one or two memories of my great-grandmother, since I was only five when she passed away. From the information gathered, I can tell that she was a wonderful and kind person who I wish I was able to know better.

You can read my great-grandmother's obituary here.

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