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Pauline Whitby

June 15, 1917 June 2, 2018
Pauline Whitby
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Obituary for Pauline Whitby

Polly Whitby passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018. She was born June 15, 1917 in Paron (Reform), AR to Sam and Sarah (Williams) Curtis.

Upon high school graduation she moved to Hot Springs and in 1939 completed a cosmetology course and began working as a beautician on Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs. After a few years, WWII started and she met her future husband, Jimmy Whitby, a young soldier stationed at the Army Navy Hospital. They married in 1944 and remained married until his death in 1982.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, stepmother, Ella Cross Curtis; 3 brothers, Homer, Orvist and Dick (Charles Vernon) Curtis; 2 sisters, Alene Moss and Vivian Jones; and her grandson, Derek Johnston.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Johnston, of San Antonio, TX and Lynn Bennett (James), of Hot Springs; 2 grandchildren, Kimberly Johnston, of Arvada, CO and Grant Bennett (Meg) of Conway; and 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Bill Curtis, of Hot Springs Village and Jimmy Curtis of Benton; and 1 sister-in-law, Betty Curtis, of Alexander.

A celebration of Polly’s life will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Pastor John McCallum officiating.

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2:00 PM 6/5/2018 2:00:00 PM
Caruth-Hale Funeral Home

155 Section Line Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913

Caruth-Hale Funeral Home
155 Section Line Road Hot Springs 71913 AR
United States

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