Pauline Ennis lived in a good neighborhood. The homes, though not small, were not sprawling or extravagant. Homes were welcoming, yards were nicely manicured and neighbors knew each other. This was the neighborhood that Pauline helped shape. She had keys to all of her neighbors' homes. They all considered her a friend.
She and her husband built the first house on their block when they relocated to Tucson almost 60 years ago. A real estate agent, she sold her next-door neighbor, Lesley, her home. Even though Pauline's husband died soon after their move to Tucson, she stayed and made her life here. She lived to be 95 years old and remained in her home near Rosemont and Broadway until her last few years.
"I never had a friendship in my life like I did with Pauline," said Lesley, who feels the neighborhood just isn?t the same without her. Despite this, Pauline still impacts her community. Though she passed away last year, she is hard at work feeding the hungry. Pauline chose to make a charitable bequest to the Community Food Bank, where her gift will make a huge difference for Tucson.
"That's just the kind of person she was," said Lesley. Lesley served as the executor of Pauline's estate and was not at all surprised when she learned of Pauline's charitable intentions.
Pauline made charitable bequests to four Tucson organizations: The Community Food Bank, the Arthritis Foundation Southern Arizona Chapter, the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter and the Salvation Army. Although many of the organizations Pauline chose have national roots, her bequests will benefit Tucson and Southern Arizona. It was her way of continuing to care for her neighborhood and her community for years to come.
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