Mary Pauline Steiner
April 27, 1930 - December 2, 2018 Mary Pauline Steiner, 88 years of age, passed away surrounded by her children and grandchildren on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Polly, as she was known to friends and family, was born on April 27, 1930, in Nashville, Tennessee. The daughter of Frank Webb Hager and Hallie Wright Hager, she grew up in Tennessee, along with her sister, Jean Hager. A true Southern Belle, Polly graduated from Ward Belmont in 1947, and then attended college at the University of Mississippi, receiving a B.A. in 1951, where she was a member and then president of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Polly then went on to obtain her M.A. degree in 1955 from the University of Alabama. In October of 1953, Polly became a staff member of the American Red Cross service program, starting off at the U.S. army hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and serving at other locations throughout the South. In 1956, her work with the Red Cross took her to Honolulu, Hawaii. While living at Black Point with her three girlfriends in late 1957, Polly met a young up and coming attorney named Keith Steiner. They were married in Nashville, Tennessee on January 24, 1959. Following marriage, Polly gave up a newly acquired teaching position at Palama Settlement to become a full-time mother and housewife, as well as an active community volunteer. While raising her three children, Polly was active in many community organizations, including the Junior League, the Garden Club of Honolulu, and the Honolulu Theater for Youth, where she both played supporting roles in certain productions, and acted as a puppeteer. She was also the leader of her daughter's Girl Scouts troop. After her children graduated from high school, Polly served on the Board of the Honolulu Theater for Youth, as a director and vice president. In 2007, she was awarded HTY's Nancy Corbett Award for her lifelong support to the organization. Polly also served as director, vice-president, and then president of the Honolulu Zoo Hui, and on the Board and a chairperson for Hawaii Public Television. Polly was a dedicated mother and wife, and a wonderful cook. She and her husband Keith were married for 59 years before Keith passed away less than a month before Polly. She and Keith loved to travel, visiting all seven continents. They hosted their children and grandchildren on innumerable precious family trips, including a trip for Polly's 80th birthday that included snowmobiling at Lake Tahoe. Polly is survived by her children: K. James Steiner, Jr. and his wife Jeri, Jonathan H. Steiner and his wife Kelly, Susan M. Stevens; her grandchildren: Keith J. "Jamey" Steiner III and his wife Emily, Scott F. Steiner, Keli S. Robertson and her husband Michael, Hallie P. Dau and her husband Alejandro, Trent M. Stevens, and Nikolaus A. Steiner, and one great granddaughter, Parker W. Steiner. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Halekulani Hotel. Visitation: 3:00 p.m.; Services: 4:00 p.m.; Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Honolulu Theater for Youth.
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