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Pauline E. Bagby

Pauline E. Bagby
Memorial Candle
March 24, 1929 -- Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Visitation Information: Visitation is Friday, February 23, 2018, 10-11:00 a.m., Huntsville Christian Church.
Service Information: Service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Huntsville Christian Church with burial in the Huntsville City Cemetery.
Contributions: Memorials may be made to the Huntsville Christian Church.


Pauline E. Bagby passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, February, 20th, 2018. 

Pauline was born on March 24th, 1929 in Higbee, Missouri, the only daughter of Paul and Fleta Mae Kelso. Pauline was co-valedictorian of the class of 1947 at Higbee High School, and would work beside her mom as a telephone switchboard operator after school. 

Pauline married the love of her life, Sterling Howard Bagby, Jr. on May 10th, 1947 in Topeka, KS; the Bagbys made their home in Huntsville, Missouri, and soon after getting married began the Bagby Roadshow, bringing the magic of the movies to rural communities across the state. Three children were born to the Bagbys: Oldest son Steve (1950), youngest son Bob (1957), and daughter Paula (1962). The same year Paula was born, the Bagbys moved to Stockton, KS to operate a drive-in theatre, making their home in the small apartment located above the theatre’s main building. For the next 17 years, Bagby Enterprises operated movie theaters and restaurants across the state of Kansas. During this season of their lives, Pauline did everything from selling tickets to serving as bookkeeper for various ventures, at times managing ten sets of books by hand. 

In 1980, the Bagbys joined their business venture with their lifelong friends, the Bills family, and B&B Theaters was born. Maintaining her role as bookkeeper, Pauline went on the road with Sterling, as they oversaw the remodeling and new construction of theaters across both Kansas and Missouri. This season was a highlight of their lives, and the Bagbys loved working together on new theater projects, all from their fifth-wheel camper. 

Pauline’s resilience and strength of character shown brightly when Sterling was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the year 2000; driving Sterling to every appointment and doting on him through every stage of sickness, Pauline was his rock, and a center of support for the family. After Sterling’s death on October 29th, 2000, Pauline gave much of her attention to her children and grandchildren, taking the family on multiple trips together that were significant bonding experiences for all involved. Creating lasting memories, these times together were of vital importance to Pauline; nothing made her more happy than to see her family happy. 

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Sterling, infant brother Paul, and great-grandson Austyn. 

She is survived by her three children: Steve Bagby and wife LeAnn of Springfield, MO; Bob Bagby and wife Bridget of Liberty, MO; and Paula Haskett and husband Nick of Agra, KS. She is also survived by grandchildren Francyne Sheverbush (Rob), Elayne Cowdin (Jon), Scott Bagby (Nicole), Stephanie Alonzo-Bagby (Julia), Bobbie Ford (Zach), Brittanie Baker (Jesse), Brock Bagby (Jennifer), Eli Haskett (Melody), Sammie Washington (JD), and Nicole Spar (Nathan), along with sixteen (and-a-half) great-grandchildren.

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