Paulina Gray Baron
May 20, 1927 – September 5, 2019
On Thursday, September 5, 2019 Paulina (Olin) Gray Baron, Loving mother to Linda and Henry, passed away at the age of 92.
Paulina was born in Candon, Ilocos Sur, Philippines on May 20, 1927 to Lorenzo Gray and Gonzala Balbin.
Going back to Paulina’s courtship with Sofrino (Iniong) Baron, Iniong Came to Hawaii in 1946 as a plantation worker on Kauai. While on Kauai, he asked several fellow workers to see if they knew of any lady, in the Philippines, who would make a good wife for him. Olin was a beautiful lady, going to school to become a seamstress. She was a good catch. She had many suitors.
Anyway, Iniong visited Olin, and her family was very much pleased of how Sofrino carried himself. They agreed that it was a good match. Paulina and Sofrino got married on December 6, 1952, in Candon. Paulina moved to Santa Cruz, the town where Iniong is from and joined the Baron family. Not long after, Iniong returned to Hawaii. On December 1953, Linda was born. Olin took good care of Linda as a single parent and was doted on by the Baron family.
In 1957, Paulina and Linda arrived in Honolulu. Sofrino was so happy to be reunited with his true love, Paulina, and to see his daughter, Linda. What a joyful reunion. On November 1958, Henry was born. The Baron family was complete---a daughter and a son.
Sadly, Sofrino passed away on July 1965 of cancer. As a widow, Paulina raised her children with much help from the Guieb and the Baron families. She worked very hard to provide for Linda and Henry. June 30, 1966, Paulina became a US citizen. Her intention was to be able to petition all her siblings to come to Hawaii. With her hard working efforts, four siblings joined her here in Hawaii.
Paulina was employed at Frito Lay until her retirement in May 1992. She was a taxi driver for her grandsons, Branden and Jeffery in her green Rambler, and later for Matthew.
She traveled to California, Arizona, Texas, Las Vegas and the neighbor islands. She also traveled to Europe and the Philippines many times. She went to Pullman, Washington to see grandson, Branden, graduate from Washington State University. Went to Seattle, Washington to see grandson Jeffery, graduate from University of Washington. She not have to travel too far to see Matthew graduate from the university of Hawaii at Manoa.
Paulina loved talking on the telephone, especially when her great-grandchildren called. She enjoyed going to the market, sewing and cooking. She also loved to sing. She had a beautiful voice and even sang on the Filipino radio station. Some of her favorite past time was watching The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, wrestling and Rainbow Wahine Volleyball.
Paulina is now reunited with Sofrino and all the relatives.
Paulina Gray Baron is survived by children Linda (Arnold) Del Pilar and Henry (Julie) Baron, 3 grandsons, and 2 great-grandchildren.
St. Stephen Catholic Church
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Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery
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