Pauline (Polly) Elizabeth (Moore) Duke (96) passed away due to age-related complications on Friday, February 18, 2022, at a care facility in Pendleton, Oregon.
Pauline was born June 9, 1925, in Athol, Idaho, to Charles and Sarah (Sadie) (Grigg) Moore. The family moved from Athol to Chewelah, Washington, and then to Northport, Washington, before moving to Ukiah, Oregon, during Pauline’s junior year. Pauline graduated from Ukiah High School in 1943 before moving to Oakland, California, where she met Lynn Connor Duke. They married in 1944 before her new husband went to war. After the war, they had three children.
Pauline and children moved back to Oregon in 1962 where she built Dukes Drive-In in Stanfield, Oregon. An avid piano player since childhood, Pauline belonged to a musical trio that played music for numerous nightclubs throughout Umatilla and Union counties. After Pauline closed her restaurant in 1966, as her oldest went to college, she went to work at UAD. After retiring from UAD, Pauline opened the t-shirt shop Polly’s Put-Ons in downtown Pendleton. In 2001, Pauline sold the store due to stage 4 cancer, but being a survivor, she went into remission in 2002.
Preceding Pauline’s death were her parents, a son, Ralph Duke, her sisters Daisy Ludeman and Marthella Waters, and brothers George Moore and Ray Moore. Pauline is survived by her eldest son, Lynn, daughter, Tracy Harral, her treasured granddaughter, Erin Harral (Rick Wakefield), and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be scheduled later this year.
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