Paula Wilson Crawford, age 78, passed away peacefully at her home Dec. 23, 2022. Paula was born on May 23, 1944, to Earnest Hayne Wilson Sr. and Virginia Lynn Bryeans Wilson in Arkadelphia, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister Lynne Wilson Cooley of Nashville, Ark.; her brother Hayne Wilson Jr. (Deborah) of Titusville, Fla.; nieces and nephews Todd Cooley of Cleveland, Miss.; Kristi Simms of Natchitoches, La; Brooksie Barton of Snohomish, Wash; Paige Fisher of Russellville, Ark., and Jason Wilson of Bakersfield, Calif, and; her best friend, Connie Thomasson (Kit and Kaitlynn) of Texarkana, Ark.; and a host of family and friends.
A beautiful classy lady Paula devoted her life to teaching children. She retired as an educator from both the Texas and Arkansas systems. Her teaching career began in 1966 in West Memphis, Ark. Throughout her career she worked in the Genoa Central, Liberty Eylau, and Hope school districts serving as a special education teacher. Additionally, she served as a professional Girl Scout Member.
She lived her life on her terms. She loved her family and her friends. She went out of her way to be consistent and present in the lives of the ones she loved. Paula would not shy way from giving her opinion to others. Many of her friends and family have witnessed her competitive side as Paula loved playing and winning board games. She also served as the official rule interpreter for all family board and card games.
Paula was extremely organized and artistic. She was a crafter, painter, seamstress, and decorator. A devoted member of Sugar Hill United Methodist Church, Paula ensured that floral arrangements and seasonal decorations adorned the Fellowship Hall.
A celebration of her life will be held on March 11 at the Sugar Hill United Methodist Church. Details will be released at a later date.