Pauline Smith of Rolla, Missouri was born on February 16, 1925 in Rolla, Missouri, the only child of Virgil X and Sarah Anna (Fowler) Smith and passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the age of 94 years.
She attended Rolla High School where she enjoyed her studies and competitive dancing, graduating at age 16 years as valedictorian of her class. She majored in English at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri graduating in 1945.
On October 9, 1948 she married Dr. Eamil A. Stricker, a general surgeon in St. James and Rolla, Missouri.
After Dr. Stricker passed away in 1995, Pauline married John Wyss on December 27, 2000. He was a retired American Airlines pilot.
Pauline was a life coach, chauffeur, disciplinarian, chef, psychologist, nurse, event planner and teacher. Having raised four boys she might also be considered a “saint.” She was remarkably optimistic and proper. She was incredibly smart and obstinate but humble and kind.
She loved her “Pauline weather,” defined as “weather too hot for anyone else on the planet to enjoy.” She enjoyed crossword puzzles, her menagerie of cats and dogs, summer cook-outs at the Stricker Camp, Wheelgate Farms, the St. James Fall Festival and Christmas holidays.
Pauline loved the towns of St. James and Rolla, Missouri and her many friends therein. She traveled to all of her grandchildren’s important milestone events such as high school graduations, swim meets, piano recitals and dance competitions.
She was the family matriarch and “central intelligence agency,” who always knew the family tree and the whereabouts of each Stricker family member. She truly enjoyed living in St. James and maintaining the family traditions.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Eamil A. Stricker, MD (1909-1995) and Captain John Wyss (1919-2016).
She is survived by her four sons, Dr. Charles Stricker and wife Linda, Dr. Wes Stricker and wife Pamela, Dr. Steve Stricker and wife Lana and Dr. Paul Stricker and husband Joseph; grandchildren, Sarah, Jennifer, Stephanie, Alana and Stephen; other relatives and friends.
She will be buried at the St. James Cemetery next to her husband, Dr. E.A. Stricker.
Instead of a funeral service, she requested a Celebration of Life gathering at a date and location to be announced.