11/26/47 - 12/23/20

Pauline Marie Gamble, 73, of Grand Cane, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, 23 December, 2020.

Pauline was born 26 November, 1947, to Bronson Hobby and Raye Morton Gamble. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 9 with visitation held 10:00 a.m. at Roseneath Funeral Home in Mansfield, with the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at Beulah Cemetery following the service.

The oldest of three children, “Big P” grew up in Mansfield, Louisiana, and attended school there, graduating from Mansfield High School as part of the Class of ‘65. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe) and her master’s degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

When she finished college, Pauline taught school in Houma, Louisiana, until accepting a position as a mathematician with Texaco in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the time, there were no women engineers in the oil and gas business and Pauline became one of the first women to work in that capacity. Pauline was at her happiest in South Louisiana Mardi Gras, LSU foot-ball, the food, the music - she always felt that the larger-than-life spirit of that region fit her larger-than-life personality.

After retirement from Texaco, Pauline taught school in Louisiana and Texas and worked in institutional laundry management in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. If ever a place brought her as much joy as her beloved New Orleans, it was the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. She eventually returned to Louisiana, making her home in Grand Cane. Not one to sit idle, Pauline took a position teaching math at Central School, where she worked until her passing.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Bronson Gamble. Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Donna Gamble Basco (Teddy Ray); the loves of her life, her nephew and niece, Andy Crocker and Katie Crocker Price (Jason); her great niece and nephews, who affectionally called her “Yine Yine,” Alexis Austin, David “Fish” Price, and Jase Price; and a host of family and friends - Pauline never met a stranger and kept relationships with people ongoing, telling them “I’ll talk to you later” instead of goodbye.

The family invites “Miss Gamble’s” current and former students, whom she loved dearly, to serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home; PO Box 4196; Monroe, LA 71211 or Central School Corporation; PO Box 187; Grand Cane, LA 71032, or the organization of your personal choice.

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