Pauline Higbee Todd
July 2, 1917 – December 1, 2015
Pauline Higbee Todd was born July 2, 1917, in a Free Methodist parsonage at Sunnyside, Oregon, daughter of Rev. Dellno and Bessie Turnidge Higbee. Of her siblings, Wayne and Elton Higbee and Eunice Higbee Giberson, only Eunice survives at Cornelius, Oregon.
Pauline left this life at Warm Beach Retirement Community on December 1, 2015, delighted with the lifetime privileges God had given her and secure in the love of her family and many friends.
With both parents teachers, she learned to read before entering school, was skipped ahead two grades, and though two years younger than her classmates, was valedictorian of her Albany (Oregon) High School class of 1933 and the 1938 class at Seattle Pacific College. A lifelong student, in 1961, she earned her Master of Arts degree at Fuller Seminary and later, while teaching, earned enough credits for another master’s degree.
Michigan farmboy/preacher Floyd M. Todd and she had an idyllic campus romance during their senior year at Seattle Pacific. They were married at Albany, Oregon June 18, 1939, and began pastoring. They served Free Methodist churches in Washington at National, Tonasket, Arlington, and Snohomish. She was an active pastor’s wife involved in Christian education, music—and always: the Pastor’s secretary.
Three children were born during these years: Flora, Freda, and Franklin, beloved by their family and parishioners.
The family moved to Winona Lake, Indiana in 1953 where, because of his expertise in Christian education, Scouting, and camping, Floyd was named to fill a new position at Free Methodist World Headquarters. For fifteen years, while Floyd spent much time traveling the continent, promoting youth work, Pauline wrote curriculum and promotional materials and served as his office manager.
Always a writer, Pauline had articles published in twenty periodicals and in many newspapers. She expanded her master’s thesis into Camping for Christian Youth, published by Harper and Rowe, which was used as a textbook in colleges and seminaries. Baker Book House and Light and Life Press published others of her books. She continued writing and being published into her late eighties.
In 1968, the Todds returned to the Northwest where Pauline began teaching at Stanwood and continued to complete fifteen years of public school teaching, retiring in 1981. She and Floyd relished happy years of retirement at their Rolling Acres Ranch, then at Warm Beach Senior Community. For many years Pauline enjoyed fellowship at the Warm Beach Free Methodist Church, where she was active in Christian education.
Said Pauline, “Our greatest contribution in life has been through our children: Flora and Rich Allen, retired George Fox faculty; Dr. Freda and Dr. Bruce McKeown clinical psychologist, and Westmont College professor; Franklin and Sherry Todd, Texas insurance executives; plus our six high achiever grandsons, their dear wives and darling great-grands.”
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Warm Beach Free Methodist Church on January, 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM.
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