|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1948|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 2012|
Anne Arundel County
Laid aside: the book. The knitting.
Sunset left bereft of dawn.
One brief gleaming lifetime flitting
skyward, homeward. Glowing. Gone.
In memoriam P.A.G.
John A. Barnstead
[Paula Anne Stevens Gawne's husband Bill Gawne has approved the creation of this memorial. Cherie J. could not be at Paula's funeral, and so created this memorial at the very time Paula's funeral began. The contents have Bill's permission and incorporate his kind suggestions.]
Paula Anne Stevens was born on December 29, 1948 in Houston, Texas. Her parents were Thelma Ruth (1926-2008) and Henry Grady Stevens, Jr. (1923-2001).
She grew up in various areas in Texas until her father got a position at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.
Paula's early religious influences were Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, and Jewish. Father Dan Laney and Rabbi Weisenhunt helped Paula develop her questioning spirit and her life-long and abiding devotion to religious tolerance and social justice. Her firm belief that she should have a direct
relationship with God came out of the Baptist teachings. In addition, Paula had a deep and abiding belief in the Episcopal tradition. That was partly due to her being an Anglophile, (And yes, she was also a Celtophile) but also because she
saw the Episcopal church as an historically important counterweight to the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
After graduating in 1967 from Denton High School in Denton, Texas, she took classes at North Texas State University in Denton for a year and then went to work at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Her mother Thelma was an R.N. and had served in World War II. From Paula's mother and the other nurses with whom Thelma worked in the hospital, Paula learned to be a nurses aide. Throughout her life, Paula used her skills to help others.
On November 21,1972, Paula and William C. "Bill" Gawne married in Denton at St. David's Episcopal Church. On December 5, 1972, Bill swore in as a Marine. Although Paula never served in uniform herself, she was deeply conscious of her role as a Marine NCO's wife.
She and Bill became the proud parents of two lovely daughters, Marianne Elizabeth, aka Grace; and Amanda Alafair.
Paula enjoyed the fiber arts--especially knitting, and also crochet, embroidery, cross-stitch, and other kinds of decorative needle work. She loved beautiful, gem-like colors, and wearing pretty knitted, woven and crocheted stoles that she arranged over her head as a hood. Paula enjoyed the "feel" of the fibre. And she took great pleasure in giving her loved ones gifts that she made--gifts that she "tailored" especially for them.
Paula also created gorgeous jewelry. When she made jewelry for her family and friends, she chose the gems and created designs especially suitable for the person.
Every single time that one of her friends wears a necklace that Paula made for her, people (strangers even) exclaim, "What a beautiful necklace!" When the friend told Paula via email, Paula replied, "Blush. I enjoyed making it for you. Love and hugs, Paula."
She also appreciated antique jewelry styles. How fond she was of a Victorian cameo pendant that her husband gave her. And it looked perfect on her.
Her favorite beverage was tea, and she enjoyed using her exquisite china tea sets. She relished discussing the various kinds of teas and their attributes.
She participated in the Maryland Renaissance Festival for many years, both as an attendee and an employee.
A lifelong student of history, Paula was an avid reader who studied history of all sorts. And she loved to read mystery stories and watch them on television, often with one or more of her cats curled up beside her.
Her deep interest in people's welfare led to her interest in her favorite charity, Heifer International.
Paula loved her home and home-making. She made a home wherever she was. As the wife of a U.S. Marine, Paula spent many years accompanying Bill to various posts of the Corps.
And through her skill in the decorative arts, she always beautified their homes.
She was an accomplished cook and loved to collect recipes and cookbooks. She was especially partial to the older cookbooks, such as "The Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer. Paula called that book "Irma," and it is the sure foundation she built on. She also was fond of the "White House Cookbook." She could work wonders with food and ingredients and created her own delicious recipes.
And how kind she was! When a friend's son passed away, Paula could not take a comforting casserole across the continent to her friend. So Paula emailed her friend the recipe for the casserole, the friend made it, and it was as if Paula had delivered the delicious casserole in person. After making the casserole and dining upon it, Paula's friend slept for the first time in three nights.
Paula was devoted to her ancestry. She had grown up with, and knew deeply, the stories of her ancestors and how they had come to Texas from Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, and North Carolina. She held a deep and abiding love for Texas, and among her favorite flowers was the Texas Blue Bonnet.
Despite physical challenges in her early years that often made her bed ridden, Paula's indomitable spirit never let her quit; she kept on going, and she always helped others to keep on going too.
The morning of October 19, 2012, Paula Anne Stevens Gawne passed away of a heart attack in her beloved home in Pasadena Maryland. Her devoted husband was asleep next to her. Their daughter Amanda was in her room in the home. And their daughter Grace was at her home ten miles away.
Above all, Paula had a deep abiding love and loyalty to her family.
When she passed away, she did so secure in their love for her and in the beautiful home that she so loved.
Here is the link to the deeply moving eulogy that her husband spoke to mourners at Paula's funeral on October 26, 2012, at the Gregory J. Gonce Funeral Home in Pasadena, Maryland.
And here is the link to Paula's site on the Gregory J. Gonce Funeral Home Guest Book, which shows comments:
Obituaries for Paula include the following:
The Denton (Texas) Record Chronicle:
The Gregory J. Gonce Funeral Home site:
and, The Capital Maryland Gazette:
Paula Anne Stevens Gawne's kindness, wisdom and generosity enriched the lives of all who knew her.
May God bless her and may she rest in peace.
Henry Grady Stevens (1923 - 2001)
Thelma Ruth Rorie Stevens (1926 - 2008)
Amanda Alafair Gawne Armbruster (1980 - 2014)*
[Symbol of Cross]
PAULA ANNE GAWNE
DEC 29 1948 - OCT 19 2012
MSGT WILLIAM C GAWNE
Maryland Veterans Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Plot: Section 7, grave 572
Maintained by: Bill Gawne
Originally Created by: Cherie J.
Record added: Oct 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99624021
Paula my love,It's been a year now. Today is the first anniversary of your entry into eternal life. Thank you for all the grace you've sent my way this last year. I miss your physical presence in my life, but I'm so very relieved to know your spiritual...(Read more)|
Added: Oct. 19, 2013
For Paula, in loving memory always.|
Added: Oct. 19, 2013
Happy Mother's Day 2013! Beautiful bouquet from your husband Bill Gawne placed at your grave site with love.|
Added: May. 15, 2013
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