Our Sincere Sympathy

Pauline Conley Walden
April 4, 1929 - September 1, 2013

   Pauline Conley Walden, 84, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013 at her home in Victoria, Texas
   She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Harold Walden.  One daughter, Patricia Ingram of Victoria, TX; two sons, Ray, Val, Walden of Victoria, Texas, Jerry Walden of Yukon, OK, one sister, Mae Chaney of Oklahoma City, OK; nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Shannon Parks and Samantha Summers Conley, twin sister, Irene Barnes, sister Rosella Conley and brothers, Troy Conley, Roy Conley, J. B. Conley and L. D. Conley.
   Pauline was born April 4, 1929 in Lamar, OK in the height of the great depression.  Families of the time worked hard, but the Conley home was always full of love and laughter and Pauline was very close to her large family, especially her twin sister, Irene.  While attending school in Lamar, Pauline met the love of her life, Harold Walden.  They married in 1945, just a few days before he was shipped overseas to serve our country in World War II.  Harold and Pauline left Oklahoma for Meridian, Mississippi in 1970 to follow Harold's career in the steel industry.  They also lived in Garland, Texas before coming to Victoria in 1975 when Harold accepted a management position with Safety Steel.  They shared many happy years together and always enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren.  One of her greatest joys in life was watching her grandchildren in athletic events or whatever activities they participated in. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 
   Pauline always had a natural skill with construction and a great head for business; this, combined with her work ethic and rock solid determination, led her to begin her own home building business, Walden Custom Homes in 1976.  Even though an uncommon vocation for women of the time and resisted by some, she persevered and enjoyed success as one of Victoria's first female builders.  However, she was a natural entrepreneur and saw the opportunity for still more business ventures that she knew she had the drive and ambition to make fruitful.  With Harold's support and encouragement, she opened Walden's Mini Market in 1982 and then, as a gift to the community, the Quail Creek Swim Club in 1983.  Along with her family, she opened ABC Child Development Center in 1985 and Country Express Family Restaurant in 1988.  Al five businesses are still in operation today under the management of her children.
   In her later years, Pauline greatly enjoyed serving the community and its children through some of her favorite endeavors, the Quail Creek Swim Club and the Quail Creek Swim Team.  In her retirement, she managed the pool but more importantly spent countless hours serving as the neighborhood grandmother, always available to listen to problems and offer caring advice.  She always took the time to sit down and talk with the young people about their lives and instill good values, especially the value of hard work and family, some of the things she will be remembered the most for.
   The family received friends from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Colonial Funeral Chapel.  The funeral service was held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jim Pearson officiating. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Victoria, Texas.  Pallbearers were grandsons, Tony Walden, Mike Walden, Jon Walden, Chris Ingram, grandson-in-law Brandon Petrash and great-grandson Chase Walden.  Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters Tina Farr, Frances Walden, Ashley Ingram, Leah Walden and Amy Petrash.
   The family would like to offer special thanks to caregivers Connie Cavazos and Leslie Sanchez. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of South Texas.