Peacefully on January 1, 2013 Pauline Washington Lovelace went home to be with the Lord. Family and friends will unite on Thursday, January 10, from 9:30 AM until time of service 11:00 AM at Brown Memorial AME Church 130 14th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. Interment Washington National Cemetery.On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013, Pauline took God’s hand as he led her home where there will be no more pain and suffering. Pauline lived a full life. She was born November 17, 1953 to Ossie Lee and Gladys Washington. She was educated in DC Public Schools graduating from Eastern High School in 1971.
Pauline dreamed of being a nurse as a young girl. She pursued her dream by matriculating to Washington Technical Institute where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Nursing and became a registered nurse. Pauline took pride in being a nurse, and when there was a rumor regarding downgrading RNs that did not have Bachelor’s Degree, she returned to school. She attended Marymount University to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, later returning to Marymount to receive her Master’s degree.
She began her nursing career at Providence Hospital then moved to DC General Hospital. However, Pauline dedicated most of her career to the DC Public System’s health program. She was the school nurse at Wilson Senior High and Hart Junior High Schools and ended her career as the School Health Liaison for the DC Department of Health. Additionally, in the 1990’s, Pauline was honored as one of the 100 Outstanding Nurses of DC.
Pauline’s passion, knowledge and experience were also instrumental in the advancement of Federal health initiatives. In 2010, she was selected to serve as a grant reviewer in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Profession Opportunity Grants program–to award $80 million in funding to organizations that helped low-income persons achieve their career goals in the health profession.
Pauline was a lifelong member of Brown Memorial A.M.E. Church, serving in many positions including as a Sunday School Teacher. Additionally, Pauline loved to sing and was a member of the Combined Choir and sang with the Women’s Day, Anniversary and Missionary Day Choirs. However, she dedicated most of her time being a devoted member of the Pauline T. Mattison Missionary Unit. There, she created and coordinated the PTMs Harriet Tubman Life Skills outreach ministry. She organized the PTMs to capitalize on their strengths to teach women of the Harriet Tubman Women’s Center to improve their resume writing, interviewing and budgeting skills. The PTM taught the classes and afterward students, teachers and helpers sit as one to eat and fellowship.
Pauline enjoyed travelling especially to the beach, whether it was local or in the Caribbean. She had as much fun going to Chesapeake Beach and Ocean City as she did travelling to Jamaica, Cancun, and Aruba. Pauline also loved all holidays. She took pride in decorating and celebrating any holiday or the birthdays of her family and friends. One last thing, Pauline loved to shop, shop, and shop!
Pauline’s father, Ossie Lee pre-deceased her. She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Gladys; sister, Lisa; nephews – Charles, Joseph and Cahli; godson Brandon, aunt and uncle, Roy Lee and Lucille Hunt; and a host of relatives and special friends.