Retired Pantry Director
Outstanding Service to Country and County
By Jan Beedle, RSVP Volunteer
On a lovely sunny day, which has been rare this spring, I met with Pauline Holloway, a lovely sunny lady. Pauline started volunteering after 25 years with the South Lebanon Post Office, carrying mail for nine of those years. The year computers came to the post office she figured it was time to retire.
In 1985, the same year she retired, Pauline began volunteering at The 741 Center, by watching children as mothers filled out applications. From 1986-1987, she volunteered for the South Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. When the Kings Food Pantry opened in January 1988, Pauline found her niche. At that time, there were only about thirty-five families a month to feed. That amount has risen to anywhere from one hundred twenty-five to one hundred fifty families a month.
South Lebanon is a neat, peaceful village. The pantry began in a room at the fire department. More room was needed, so 4-5 years ago the pantry relocated to the old school on Broadway. During Katrina, the Little Miami River crept two blocks into the village, but never reached the pantry.
Pauline, from Harrodsburg, KY moved to South Lebanon in 1952. She hails from a patriotic background, proud that her father, who lived to be 101, was a WWI veteran. Her husband and brother served in WWII and her three sons served in Vietnam.
Longevity runs in Pauline’s family with three grandmothers and a grandfather living into their 90s. Pauline, 85, thinks she might make it, too. Even though she works with wonderful people (normally 8-10 volunteers), she is ready to retire, catch up around the house, and do some traveling, especially to see her sister.
One son is deceased, but the other two are still living. A son and daughter-in-law took Pauline with them to celebrate their 25th anniversary at the Biltmore House in Asheville, Tennessee. This whetted her appetite to travel. Pauline works on a four-hour report by hand every three months. Her job included stocking, filling food orders and anything else that she could do to help. Once the computer came to the very clean facility, she felt it was her chance to bow out gracefully.
Barbara Dixon, a retired teacher for about 19 years, was cheerfully operating the desk on the day I visited. Two gentlemen were helping at the same time. Pauline said she didn’t know what she would do without any of them. “The Salvation Army food bank is close by and the two pantries help each other when the need arises. We have also been fortunate for Kroger’s, Bigg’s and all the generous donations.”
On December 2, 2009, Pauline was inducted into the Warren County Service Center Hall of Fame for outstanding service to Kings Local Food Pantry. We are all thankful for her contribution and proud of her. She deserves a rest.
Warren County Community Services, Inc.
570 N. State Rt. 741
Lebanon, OH 45036