PAULINE ‘POLLY’ WEBSTER – LINCOLN – If heavenly music sounded a little sweeter on Sept. 20, 2008, it was because Pauline “Polly” Webster left us and joined her beloved husband, Gaylord, in the angelic realm. She leaves behind a large and loving family consisting of daughter, Ellen and husband, Ed Synakowski, from Pleasanton, Calif., with grandchildren, Audrey and Byron Crane; daughter, Ann and husband, Paul Forsing, with grandchildren, Nikki Smith and Brad Tuttle and his wife, Jenny; her sister, Elaine West; and her brother, Robert and his wife, Sylvia Weatherbee, all of Lincoln. She also leaves a bounty of memories with her much-loved nieces and nephews, and with those with whom she shared deep friendships. She was predeceased by her parents, Hattie (Lane) and Robert Weatherbee; brothers, Clarence, Byron, John and James; sisters, Charlotte and Priscilla; and her dear grandson, Jeffrey Lane Tuttle “Doodlebug.” All 76 years of Polly’s life were spent in two houses on Lee Street, Lincoln. As someone once noted about a home similar to Polly’s, “Walking into her kitchen was like walking into a hug.” She was known as the consummate hostess. Her home was the center of gatherings for friends, relatives, coworkers, Jaycee wives and more than a decade worth of Miss Greater Lincoln Pageant workers. Get-togethers were marked by a feast of food, a bounty of laughter and a pile of shoes near the back door. Her training for this heart-based life started early with a close-knit family that included eight raucous siblings, lively and animated parents, aunts and uncles and cousins, as well as grandparents and farm animals. It then continued at Farmington State Teachers College, where she, along with then-new and now lifetime friends, learned the art of home economics, the high school subject she lovingly taught to Lincoln students for more than 30 years. A notable feature of Polly’s life was meeting, being courted by and being loved by Gaylord Noble Webster, in what was by any measure an extraordinary marriage that spanned more than four decades. Final farewells may be said 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. A funeral celebrating Polly’s life will take place 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Congregational Church with Polly’s favorite musician, Bill Trowell, providing the music she loved. Interment will be at Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregational Church of Lincoln, to maintain the grand piano, or to a fund close to Polly’s heart that will support a program for children who share a medical syndrome with her grandson, Byron. Donations may be dropped off or sent to Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, ME 04457. For an online register book, please visit