Pauline Bilton Price was born on April 28, 1930 in Waelder, Texas (Armstrong Colony) to Cue and Texana Bilton. She was the youngest of eight children. While still a child, she moved to San Antonio with her parents and siblings. The Bilton family joined and became active members of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in San Antonio under the Pastoral leadership of Reverend Claude W. Black, Jr. Pauline served as Mt. Zion’s church secretary until she united in matrimony to Reverend Druedell Smith, Sr. and moved to Austin Texas. She later relocated to Dayton, Ohio. After many years away from Texas, Pauline returned and rejoined Mt. Zion. She continued her devotion to serve the Lord. In 1975, Pauline married Edward Joseph Price, Sr., and moved her church membership to Calvary Baptist Church. Pauline remained a dedicated member of Calvary until the Lord called her home on October 27, 2018.
Pauline attended grade school in San Antonio. She attended Phyllis Wheatley High School, and was a graduate of the Class of 48’. She was accepted into Huston-Tillotson College, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Unable to pursue her dream for a teaching position in the early 1950s, she pursued a career as a secretary. Pauline later secured a job with St. Phillips College. She was proud of her career at St. Phillips, and was admired by students, staff, faculty, and trustees. She mentored many employees and students. Pauline championed many work-study programs, training and teaching young college students office skills as well as life lessons. She retired from St. Phillips College in 1997.
Pauline’s service to God, in church and in the communities where she lived made her a role model. For many years, she served on numerous church committees, dedicated choir member and director, organized youth programs, plays and pageants, etc., at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, New Light Baptist Church in Ohio, and Calvary Baptist Church. Pauline faithfully presented Calvary's Church Resolution at every required occasion until she was no longer able to do so.
Pauline volunteered in her communities during all elections. She believed in the right to express one’s views, and exercise their right to vote. Pauline supported many school events and fundraisers in Kirby and Converse, Texas. Pauline was also a foster parent while living in Ohio. She believed in providing a safe and caring home for children in need.
Pauline was a devoted, loving, caring and committed wife and mother who loved her family deeply. The shining star in the family. She was certainly the “doting, proud grandmother”!! Pauline and Edward were married for nearly 43 years. A union blessed by God. It was rare to see one without the other.
Pauline is preceded in death by her parents - Cue and Texana Bilton; her husband - Edward Joseph Price, Sr.; her son - Nathaniel Smith; three sisters - Margaret Hornsberry, Hattie Chambers, and Margie Braimer; four brothers - Jasper, Ruby, Eddie Lee and Ralph Bilton; one nephew - Charles Braimer.
She leaves to cherish her memory: Sons - Druedell Smith, Jr. (Velma), Lynn Cue Smith (Gailand), Donnie Price (Mary), Euwell Price (Sheila), Robert Earl Price, Duane Price; Daughters - Rhonda Baker (Charles), Sandra Price Wilson; one niece - Zelma High (Carlton); four nephews - Steven Braimer; Jasper Bilton, Jr., Sammie Hornsberry, Stephen Bilton; one sister-in-law Bertha Bilton; along with an abundance of grand and great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.