Nellie “Nell” May Paul, born Aug. 28, 1924, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, passed away Aug. 9, 2011, at her home in For Seasons, Beaumont, Calif.
Nell was proceded in death by her dear parents, John and Ruth (Howk) Williamson; two sisters, Mary Collins and Jewell Buckels; a brother, Wayne Williamson; and an infant brother, Bobby Dean.
She is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Glenn; a son, Donald; a daughter-in-law, Marian; a sister, Bern Helton of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Dean Williamson and wife, Dorothy, of Windsor, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Mary Williamson of Commerce City, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends of long standing.
Nell’s home for the first 16 years of her life was a large dairy farm with her family in the Upton community of Texas County, Mo. Her first two years of high school were in the Plato School District. Her junior and senior years were in the Houston High School District.
Upon graduation from Houston High School at the age of 16 years and eight months along with her sister, Mary Williamson Collins, in September 1941, she enrolled at Draughons Business College in Springfield, Mo. After that, she was employed as a medical secretary in the Station Hospital in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. It was here that she met her future husband, Glenn Paul, a solider in World War II. They married July 14, 1945, at the Wee Kirk of the Heather Church in Los Angeles, one week after Glenn returned form the European theater of war.
Their son, Don, always the pride and joy of their life, was born the following year. His loving parents have always basked in his many educational and professional accomplishments while he remained their devoted son.
At the young age of 10 years, Nell joined and was baptized into the family Church of God, 7th Day, and although not active with the church, she has maintained a good spiritual life of faith and prayer with the Lord. She has always been known as a good friend, honest, truthful, loving and fun-loving wife and mother, who over the years has cared for and assisted family members and friends throughout their lifetime.
Among her 38 years of employment in Missouri and California, Nell succeeded in Los Angeles as the order department and traffic manager for a large manufacturing company several years before moving to the Bakersfield, Calif., area. The move in 1966 to Bakersfield resulted from Glenn’s transfer as director of data processing for the Kern County superintendent of schools when computers were new in the world. Nell was employed as administrative secretary in the Bakersfield City School District and retired as supervisor in 1980. They enjoyed living in their new area and throughout the years have maintained loving friendships through work and Glenn’s years of membership in the Bakersfield East Rotary Club.
Homes in Bakersfield and the mountain area of Tehachapi, Calif., were sold when the Pausl moved to Conroe, Texas, east of Houston, to maintain their close family ties with son, Don, and Marian, when he was transferred to an advanced position with Chevron Corp. They enjoyed and have maintained several Conroe friendships that were made through membership with the “60-plus dance club.” In 1955, while in Conroe, they enjoyed celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a luncheon cruise with 50 friends and family members on Lake Conroe. In 2003, they returned to Bakersfield after Don received another Chevron Corp. promotion and moved from the Houston, Texas, area.
After retirement, Nell and Glenn enjoyed several wonderful years of travel: 30 days in western Europe; trips to Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Argentina, Brazil, England and Scotland; and areas in the U.S., always including Idaho and Missouri.
As years progressed, the Pauls, always together, moved to a slower pace, still enjoying their home in the Four Seasons retirement community of Beaumont, Calif., closer to Don and Marian and other family, where more time together was possible and so important to them. Over the years, their eight-year-old Pugs, Tinker and Ginger, have remained part of the family.
Services were held Aug. 28, 2011, in Meridian, Idaho, on her birthday. She would have been 87 years young.