Pauline Ball Nabors (Polly) died November 17, one month before her 99th birthday. Polly was born in Graham, Texas December 14, 1923. She had three sisters and three brothers all of whom preceded her in death.
Polly lived in College Station for 41 years after her and Fred Nabors, her husband of 63 years, moved 28 times during his career as a petroleum engineer. They enjoyed retirement in College Station where she loved her Sunday School class and being with her quilting group and rug hooking group. In College Station, she particularly loved developing close friendships after she and Fred retired.
They met when he was a student at Texas A&M and she was a student at North Texas State. After Pearl Harbor, Polly joined the Navy Nurse Corps as a student at Baylor and he joined the army after graduation from Texas A&M. They corresponded as she completed nursing school and he fought the war in North Africa and Europe. They married in 1945 when he returned.
Polly was a very skilled manager of all the details necessary to establish her family in a new city. Her daughter, Lee Nabors Nix (Memphis, TN) and her son, Paul Nabors (College Station, TX) learned early that she would make sure the transition from one place to the next would be smooth and well done.
One of Polly’s greatest gifts was her talent involving the textile arts. Polly enjoyed knitting, crochet, needlepoint, quilting, and rug hooking. In addition, Polly had a love of history and particularly enjoyed Egyptian archeology, which she studied for more than seventy years. When Polly and Fred lived in Cairo, Egypt, they visited all the important ancient Egyptian sites and Polly visited the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo so often she became acquainted with the staff and had the opportunity to see many treasures not on public display.
Fred preceded Polly in death. She is survived by children, Lee Nix (Memphis, TN) and Paul Nabors (College Station, TX), grandson Andy Nix (Nicki Soule’) (Memphis, TN) and two great-grandchildren, Mary Gara and Graham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to STILLCREEK Ranch in Bryan, Texas.