Paula Rae Stapleton

Nov. 6, 1952 Feb. 10, 2014

Paula Rae Stapleton, 61, resident of Gainesville, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in the E.T. York Haven Hospice Care Center, following a long illness.

Mrs. Stapleton was born on Nov. 6, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio, grew up in New Brunswick, N.J., where she lived before moving to and living most of her life in Houston, Texas, where she worked as a software specialist programmer. Paula moved to Wisconsin in 2000 and then to Gainesville in 2011. She enjoyed bird watching, sewing, crocheting and puzzles, and was an avid reader. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Barraclough.

She is survived by one daughter, Blair Elizabeth Stapleton of Waukesha; one son, Christopher Barrett Stapleton; her mother, Yvonne Barraclough; and a sister, Barrie Kobb, all of Gainesville, and her first grandchild, Luis, due in May, along with several loving aunts and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the Chapel of Grace United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Rick Thompson officiating. Interment will be in her family plot in East Ridge Cemetery, Clearfield County, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606; or to Grace United Methodist Church, 9325 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL 32606.

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For further information, call Williams-Thomas Funeral Home at 352-376-7556.