Obituary – Pauline Clausen Friend |

Obituary – Pauline Clausen Friend

Born Feb. 25, 1929, on a farm in Shelby County, Iowa, Pauline Dorthea Clausen grew up with farming parents George and Martha Clausen. She attended a one-room schoolhouse until the family moved into the town of Harlan in her early teenage years. She met and fell in love with Jim Friend while attending Harlan High School.

She talked fondly of her first job as a soda jerk at the local drugstore. She attended Dana College in Blair, Neb., her freshman year, then transferred to Iowa State Teachers College and eventually University of Iowa by the end of her sophomore year to be closer to Jim, who also attended the University of Iowa. She was active in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and graduated in June of 1950. Three days later she married Jim and they settled back in Harlan.

She found a job teaching high school in Tenant, Iowa; however, the Korean War soon sent them to Sumter, S.C., with the Air Force. There, her son Bruce was born. They returned to Harlan after the war. In 1955, Kathe was born and Jim joined IBM. They moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where their house bordered a golf course and Pauline discovered her love of golfing.

After a three-year stay in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., they happily transferred with IBM to Boulder in 1965. Pauline began volunteering with the YWCA and as an elections clerk, which suited her passion for politics. She served on the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Board for several years. Her volunteer work eventually led to a job with United Way, and then as Head of Elections for the State of Colorado. She loved traveling to all the small counties of Colorado to check in with the local county clerks.

After she and Jim retired they moved to Grand County and built their dream house in Sunset Ridge outside of Tabernash. Pauline worked selling tickets for Winter Park and organizing the ladies golf group at Pole Creek. Eventually winters took them to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where she spent most of her days golfing. She has never been known to withhold her opinion, and her sense of humor and loving acceptance made her special to all her knew her.

She passed away Jan. 8, 2010, in Denver after a lengthy illness. Pauline’s husband Jim preceded her in death. She is survived by son Bruce, daughter and son-in-law Kathe and Bill Morck and her beloved grandchildren, Andrew and his wife Emily Park-Friend, Dana Friend, Niels Morck and Makenna Morck.

Service and reception will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Granby.

The family asks for donations in lieu of flowers to their favorite charity, or to one of Pauline’s favorite charities: Dana College in Blair, Neb., Grand County Historical Association, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Granby, and Grand County Libraries.

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