KITTERY – Pauline Anna Averill, 88, of Lewis Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at her home after a period of failing health. Born Jan. 1, 1919, in Springfield, she was one of 16 children born to Robert Leander and Florence Ann (Dill) Staples. She was raised in the Springfield area and attended local schools including Eastern Maine Institute, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team for a couple of years during her high school career. She met and married her loving husband of 50 years, Kenneth Averill, together they lived for a short time in Biddeford, before settling in Kittery to continue to raise their family. While her children were growing up she was a Cub Scout den mother. She enjoyed membership in the Piscataqua Chapter OES and was, until her death, with the Sara Orne Jewett Chapter OES. She was an avid bowler, bowling every Thursday morning with the Lame Duck bowling league at the Bowl-O- Rama, Portsmouth, N.H. She worked for a time at the Wentworth Dennett School in the lunchroom as well. Pauline was an active member of the Second Christian Congregational United Church of Christ, Kittery and served as a member of the Pack Rats, and as a greeter, as well as tending the fudge table at the Evergreen Festival each year. Her first love was unquestionably her family; she enjoyed being with her children and many grandchildren at family gatherings and on holidays. Her children who survive her are son, Norman and his wife, Esther Averill, of Kittery; daughter, Gail and her husband, Peter Krook, of Whitefield; daughter, Suzanne and her husband, Harold Watt, of Portsmouth; daughter, Paulette and her husband, Gary Beers, of Kittery; her son, Tommy and his wife, Karen Averill, of Kittery, as well as 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; five sisters, Thelma Hamilton of Bangor, Theo Jipson of Webster Plantation, Bernice Gordon or Orono, Judy Latnig of Lincoln and Ruby Randall of Modesto, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at her church, the Second Christian Congregational United Church of Christ, Kittery. Friends may visit with Pauline’s family 11 a.m.-1 p.m. before the service at the church. Family flowers only, donations may be made in her memory to her church. Arrangements are entrusted to the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home.