Pauline Frances Dineen

Oct 27, 1927 - Jul 6, 2015


On 7/7/2015, after many years suffering with arthritic pain & failing health Polly (her preferred name) began her journey to join her mother, father, her son Michael, eldest daughter Karen, plus all her friends & relatives gone before her.
She leaves behind her husband Denny of 70 years (this sept), her two daughters Diane and Sherry, her 8 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.
Since the age of 10 she wanted to be a nurse and help people. She worked as a nurse’s aide and attended Sacramento City College Vocation nursing program, while raising her children. Diane remembers her mother whitening Karen, Diane’s oxford shoes as well as whitening her own nurses’ shoes. She would bleach and starch her nursing cap, sco we would all be clean, neat, and crisp. Mom was always extremely organized and structured and always presented herself well. She would always tell her family “Everything has a place and everything in its place!”
Sherry & Diane (Polly’s 2 surviving daughters) recall camping & vacationing with their parents when they were younger. Dad was a Boy Scout leader & our whole family went on a camping trip to Disney Land. Mom packed everything but the kitchen sink. We have so many fond memories because we did everything as a family, it was nice to see mom & dad have time for themselves when they retired.
Polly worked for Sutter hospitals providing excellent care until she was 58 years old. At which time, she join her husband in his retirement. They had a trailer traveling group of friends. They traveled to various camp sites to fish, play games & exchanged stories. They traveled to the ocean & drove 4 wheelers on the beach & sand dunes. They traveled to Oregon, Mexico, Yellow Stone and Colorado just to mention a few. That trailer was like mom’s little traveling house. In addition to traveling, mom remain committed to helping others. Her cardinal rule about giving advice when asked but always followed with telling them to call their doctor.
Polly was very active in her volunteer work. She keep her nursing license current just so she could volunteer her time working for the Red Cross running county Senior Flu Clinics, teaching first aide, CPR classes. The Disaster Nursing Advisory Committee benefitted from her help, as well as the Disaster Health Services in general. The Sierra Chapter Sacramento published an article stating: They were pleased to have Polly in the Nursing Department and that it was people like Polly who set the example all of us wanted to follow. And mom stated that she couldn’t accomplished all that she did for the Red Cross without the support & help of her husband, Denny.
Mom & dad would enjoyed meeting with their fireside group for lunch & monthly evening gatherings. Mom & Dad would volunteer at the church canary and also the Geneolgy Center. Mom loved America & what it stood for; She loved the Giants Baseball Team, getting hair done & playing games.
Family was very important to Mom. She liked to attend and host family gatherings. It was very important to her that her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren remain close. She wanted all of us to go to church and thank God every day for his blessing.
More recently she started talking about wanting to go home to join her mother, father, her son Michael, eldest daughter Karen, plus all her friends & relatives gone before her. She would say “I have been praying to our Heavenly father to please call me home if I’m worthy.”
Polly’s prayers have been answered.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Gerry Rogers Bourn says:

    Diane, I so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is heartbreaking, no matter if they are ‘ready’ or not. I know that you were a wonderful daughter to her and she was, and your Dad still is, very lucky to have you.

  • Gregory Cooper says:

    I just read this I am so sorry,always loved your mother or should say the whole family

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