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Paula I. Nelson


Paula Inez Nelson was a blessing to everyone who knew her. A woman full of warmth, kindness, sincerity, joy and love. Paula departed from our lives on April 16, 2013 at the age of 71. Those who knew her knew her love for family and friends was a source of joy. One could see her eyes sparkle or hear the delight in her voice when speaking of her loved one’s triumphs or hear the sadness in her voice when speaking of their struggles.

Paula was rich in family and beloved friends. She made friends wherever she went and managed to keep them throughout her lifetime. Whether she was working in the front office of a high school or as a Tariff Manager in one of many airlines, she only left the job not the friendships. Born in Eugene, Oregon on route to her father’s job in Bremerton, Washington. She grew up in California and as an adult moved to Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. She retained dear friendships in each of those states as well as many others.

As a wife, stepmother, sister, aunt and friend she was a constant source of love, support and understanding. She was always quick to laugh. She was quick to tear but tears couldn’t hold back her laughter for very long. Her laughter was contagious. She was ready to lend a hand or ear wherever needed with no complaints. Her inner strength paralleled her appreciation for life. She loved to love and was greatly loved in return.

She is survived by her husband Phillip B. Nelson, her stepson Matthew P. Nelson, her stepdaughter and son-in-law Heather and Keith McCormick, her sister Norman Martin, her sister Doloris LeBlanc and by her dear friend and stepdaughter Carole Davis. She is also survived by her grandchildren Melissa Nelson, Shelby Nelson, Dempsey McCormick, Devin McCormick and Delaney McCormick. She is preceded in death by her father Deolis Truman Nix, her mother Geneva Hill Nix and her stepson Shaun T. Nelson.

Other than family and friends, she loved to read, do crosswords, needlepoint, scrapbook and genealogy. Most of which she either did with family or friends or the final product was given to family or friends. Her favorite charities were the Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled American Veterans. She had a deep love for her country and her eyes would well with tears each time she heard The Star Spangled Banner.

After retiring from Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), she moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania where she was asked to consult remotely for SAS. From Pennsylvania she moved to Richville, New York a place she said was so peaceful and beautiful she never wanted to leave. Paula bravely fought Acute Lymphocytic (Lymphoblastic) Leukemia for 14 months and left this world from her home in Richville. Her life rises above her passing and leaves behind a beautiful love that is carried on by all that knew her.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 11:00am at the Welsh Society in Richville located at the corner of Route 11 and Main Street.

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