Escondido, CA

Pauline Jessie Wellman, 90

Pauline Jessie Wellman, 90, was born and raised in Escondido

Pauline Jessie Wellman died in Colville, Washington on February 5, 2017. She was 90. She was born and raised in Escondido on June 8, 1926 to Arthur Edward and Jessie (Hassler) Durnbaugh.

Mrs. Wellman spent a great deal of her life in the Escondido area, where she learned how to bake, knit and crotchet.  She carried these skills with her throughout her life making clothes commercially and later for her children.  Her baked goods would satisfy even the pickiest pallete.  She was born with a shopping eye.  She could spot a deal!  Being a frugal woman, she could recognize a bargain and see its beauty and function.  This gifted eye served her well as her and her first husband owned a second-hand furniture store.

She was twice a widow.  She was first married to John ‘Bud’ Wesley Mulkins, who passed in 1975 and to William ‘Bill’ Wellman who passed in 1994.  She had one son, Dale and one daughter Donna with Bud.  She was a loving mother and later grandmother, sending wonderful care packages to her distant loved ones.

Early in life she worked outside of the home for Bell Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator.  This was not an easy job to obtain in the war-time era (WWII) as background checks were very extensive, but she passed just fine, working there until just before the birth of her first child. Later in life she worked as an answering service operator.  She was a dependable, hard worker until her retirement in 1976. Throughout her life she was a cat lover, always having at least one.  Cats were a source of joy and companionship for her.

As the children grew and began their lives Mrs. Wellman enjoyed traveling with her husband.  Pauline has never flown in her life, as she felt it was too dangerous.  An ironic twist in her life concerned her decision to travel across the country, following the death of Bud to visit her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.   She felt trains were the safer way to travel. On the first leg of the trip to the Midwest, the train she was riding on collided with a cattle truck and then later closer to her destination there was another collision with a semi-truck.  This, of course, did not convince her that flying was any safer.

Just before she became a widow for the second time, she and Bill moved closer to son Dale and his wife Linda.  This is how she came to be in the Pacific Northwest (Salem, Oregon).  Eventually she came further north with them, fell in love with Kettle Falls and lived at Gold Hill Manor.  She said she wished she had lived there her whole life.  She loved the little community of residents and the activities and relationships she forged there.

As her years caught up with her and health issues arose due to a fall.  She moved to Parkview Assisted Living, with her last residence being Buena Vista Nursing Home.  Her social nature kept her involved in activities offered (she enjoyed winning at Bingo) and she was as outgoing as her health would allow.  She enjoyed many of the relationships she formed there also.

Mrs. Wellman was preceded in death by her parents, and both husbands.  She is survived by her son Dale and daughter-in-law Linda Mulkins; daughter Donna Clark; ex-son-in-law Brenton Clark grandchildren Brenton Jr., Janine, Kelly and Amanda; great grandchildren Elijah and Lilly Clark; brother John Durnbaugh of Thermal CA and nephew Roger Durnbaugh.

In accordance with Pauline’s wishes no services will be held locally and she will return home to Escondido for burial.

Visit the online memorial at and sign the guest book.

Danekas Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with all the arrangements.

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