Pauline "Pauli" Helen Reading

February 11, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Pauline “Pauli” Helen Reading of Charlotte, NC passed away peacefully on Friday, February 11, 2022, surrounded by her family. Pauli was born on October 27, 1961 in Fort Worth, TX, the daughter of Robert and Gertrude Scharff.

She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1983 and married Tracy Reading on March 27, 1987.

Pauli, with her beautiful smile and kind heart, loved animals and authored the book Sherlock McBiskit Shares His Secrets to Good Character and Respect. She volunteered with Paws for Character Education at Selwyn Elementary and Providence Day School for over 20 years. Pauli enjoyed her work as a flight attendant for 23 years.

Pauli is survived by her beloved husband, Tracy; daughter, Alexandra “Ali” Kaufman; sister, Juli LaVene of Los Angeles, CA and mother-in-law, Shirley Reading. Also surviving are her nieces and nephews.

Tracy and Ali would like to thank the doctors and medical professionals along with the staff at the Ivy and The Sanctuary at Stonehaven. A special thanks goes to Dr. Charles Edwards, whose tireless efforts helped to extend Pauli’s life during her years with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The family also wishes to thank the Army of Angels “AOA” and the network of friends who provided thoughts, prayers and support throughout her illness.

Pauli touched so many lives and will be a blessing for all to remember.

A memorial service to celebrate Pauli’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 4, 2022 in Oxford Hall at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. The service will be livestreamed at: for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be offered in memory of Pauli to Charlotte Neuroscience Foundation, c/o Memory & Movement Charlotte, 300 Billingsley Road, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28211 ( or The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 (

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Mary Dore and Jeffery Cato

    Our love and support to you and the family, Tracy.
    May our hearts provide you comfort and kindness.
    Love, Mary and Jeff

  • Margot Parrott

    I knew Pauli was sick, but it still struck me so hard when I saw her obituary. A beautiful girl inside and out - with a wonderful, gentle sense of humor too. Charlotte and Paige adored Pauli's visits to Selwyn ES. Sending love and prayers to Ali and Tracy as we share the sorrow that comes from such a heartbreaking loss.

  • Marilyn Mace

    Her star will shine brightly in the heavens just as Pauli glistened here on earth

    Marilyn Mace

  • Jane Kuester Taylor

    I am so happy I was able to know Pauli through Tracy’s example of true love and caregiving in our group at Covenant Presbyterian church. God Bless,

  • Dale Yaged

    I am a retired teacher from Selwyn Elementary. I looked forward every month to Pauli's "Paws for Character". My classes loved her visits and the message she imparted to them with the dogs. They were always cutely dressed. I felt Pauli was not only beautiful on the outside, but also on lthe inside. She was one special lady. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Nicholas Procopio

    Tracy, please accept my most sincere condolences at this difficult time. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Susie Bearce

    Tracy and Ali,
    Anytime that we were able to get together for a family event, Pauli was always so sweet, kind and gentle to everyone. We will miss her so much but rejoice knowing that she is with her LORD. Yes, heaven has gained another angel. Hugs and kisses to you!

  • Deborah Conner

    Dear Tracy,
    It was a privilege to be part of the AOA to offer prayer and support to you and Pauli. She left us too soon because of a terrible disease. I’m so sorry. May God surround you and your family with peace and love as you grieve her death.

  • Jackie Noble

    Although I hadn't seen Pauli since we graduated from Carolina (we were also sorority sisters) many years ago, I am profoundly saddened to learn of her passing. She was such a sweet and kind person and sounds like that never changed as she pursued a career, marriage and motherhood. I remember her being so excited about becoming a flight attendant; I always hoped I would be on one of her flights! Please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss.

  • Lisa Warren

    Tracy and Ali, I am so very sorry for the loss of sweet Pauli. I have such fond memories of her working on projects at Selwyn Elementary, especially Paws for Character. She was such a bright light and a wonderful and kind person. I know how much you will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers with you and all of the family.

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