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Lula Pauline (Paulie) Salisbury

Updated: Apr 19

Lula Pauline Salisbury – June 5, 1924 to April14, 2022


Lula Pauline (Paulie) Salisbury passed away on April 14, 2022 in Des Moines, Iowa. A celebration of life will be held Friday, April 22, 2002 at 11 a.m. at West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 8th and Grand, West Des Moines with a visitation 1 hour prior to services.


Paulie was born on Jun 5, 1924, in Nevada, Iowa, the second child born to Clifton Birdell Evers and Anna Hazel (Mehl) Evers. She spent most of her childhood in Jefferson, Iowa, graduating from Jefferson High School in 1942.


Music was a part of Paulie’s life from the beginning. Her mother played organ at the Presbyterian church in Jefferson and Paulie sang, played piano, organ and French horn. After graduating from high school, Paulie moved to Des Moines to study music at Drake University. While studying there, she played French horn in what was then known as the Drake/Des Moines Symphony. It was in the symphony that she met Allen Salisbury, who also played French horn.


Allen and Paulie married on June 10, 1950, and made their first home in Des Moines. They adopted four children: Allen Reid in 1957; Laurie Beth in 1958; Katherine Ann in 1960; and Paul James in 1964. After several years living in Sioux City, in 1961 the family moved to West Des Moines. Paulie lived in the same house until her passing.


Paulie continued her passion for music throughout her life. Although she was a busy mother and homemaker, she was very active in her music sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota, Treble Clef Club, La Sertima, Clef and Drama and PEO.


Paulie’s other passion was her church. The Salisbury’s joined the West Des Moines United Methodist church in 1961. Paulie sang in the choir and was a founding member of the church’s first bell choir, Bell Messengers. She also played in the brass group at the church well into her early 80’s. She served in many volunteer leadership positions at the church and helped count money every Monday morning.


Paulie was preceded in death by her husband Allen, father and mother, Clifton and Hazel, her brother, Eugene, and her son Allen. She is survived by her remaining children, Laurie Meyer (Mark Jones), Kathy Salisbury and Paul (Tina) Salisbury, seven grandchildren, Nic Meyer, Erik Meyer, Allen Salisbury, Chris Salisbury, Greg Salisbury, Rob Salisbury and Amber Salisbury as well as numerous great-grandchildren.


Memorial contributions may be made to West Des Moines United Methodist Church or Unity Point Foundation/Taylor House. The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at Methodist 5 North and the amazing staff at Taylor House hospice for their loving care of their precious Mother.


To view the services via livestream: https://player.vimeo.com/video/699893490