Pauline Aishman Pratt went home to be with the Lord Jesus October 4, 2018.
One June 27, 1934, she was born in a dugout near Taloga, Oklahoma adjacent to the Canadian River. Poetically, “taloga” is a Native American word meaning “beautiful valley” or “rocking water”. She was one of the younger of many brothers and sisters born to James Leonard Aishman and Bertha Bear Aishman. She grew up hoeing and picking cotton, vegetables and fruit barefoot in the hot sands of a 160 acre farm her parents bought near Blair, Oklahoma. That farm and their labors was all that supported her parents and more than a dozen children including at times a few of her cousins.
At the age of 16 while caring for her brother’s young children, she met Sammy Lee Pratt at First Assembly of God Church in Panhandle, Texas. He was truly the love of her life, and they married while she was still 16 with her father’s consent. They raised their family in Panhandle, building two different houses themselves while living in them. Pauline, Sammy and their three children moved to Amarillo in 1969. They were happily married for more than 51 years until Sammy went to be with the Lord in October, 2002.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, by Sammy, and by their beloved young daughter Angela, “the angel that God Loaned us,” as she used to say.
Pauline is survived by her oldest son, Sammy Lee Pratt, Jr. and his wife Priscilla. She is also survived by her son, James Leroy Pratt of Woodlawn, Tennessee. She is also survived by her granddaughter Cynthia Pauline Brundage and her husband Ryan Brundage of Plainview, Texas.
Pauline’s great-grandchildren are Jordan Hunley, Angela Hunley, Ryan Brundage, Jr., and Denessa Brundage Reyes. Her great-great-granddaughter, of who she was so proud, is Arianna Reyes.
Pauline’s father, James Leonard Aishman was so proud of his newborn daughter back in 1934. On her handwritten birth certificate James wrote of the birth location, “in a dugout” and of her condition “alive and perfect”. For the signature of the physician or midwife he wrote “the Lord is our healer”. Pauline loved the Lord, her husband and her family above all else. Of course we know we are all born alive, physically, but spiritually we are dead. But through our faith in our Lord Jesus and His death on a cross, we are truly alive and truly perfect.
My mom is now with my dad, my sister and my beloved grandparents, and is truly perfected by Jesus Our Lord.
To my granddad, James Aishman, I say “Amen, Grandpa, Amen!”