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Obituaries » Paula Marie Weir
January 28, 1979 - March 24, 2021
Paula Weir left this world unexpectedly on March 24, 2021. She lived her life like she knew it would be too short. One spirited adventure after another. Her friends and family describe Paula (known in the family as “The Princess”) as FILL IN THE ADJECTIVES THAT COME TO ALL OF YOU WHEN YOU DESCRIBE THIS ENGAGING BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY!
Paula was born January 28, 1979 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup WA to Lonnie and Connie Weir. She came home greeted by her two older brothers, Robb and Jeremy. Mom and Dad were excited about the prospect of a sweet, wonderful daughter who would bring a little peace into the house to overcome the rambunctious level of activity created by her brothers. Surprise! She joined in and held her own. She was seldom phased by inconveniences and so joyful. There were many comical moments provided by Paula, but a favorite is when she came home from kindergarten and proudly announced that her and her 14 best friends all had “headlights” (known in less optimistic circles as head lice).
Home was Puyallup WA where she attended All Saints Catholic School and Bellarmine Preparatory School. She was an excellent gymnast. When she was a young child and shopping with her Mother, she did flips and cartwheels as a means to move down grocery store isles forcing Mom to shop after her bedtime. These skills led her to cheerleading at Bellarmine where she entertained the crowd with stunts that made the audience hold their breathe in amazement at the risks she took doing complicated moves over a hard gym floor. This wouldn’t be the last time Mom and Dad just shook their heads over her willingness to keep pushing herself. She earned herself a place in both diving and gymnastics at State level competition.
After high school, Paula really began to experience life as she embarked on a career path or more accurately several career paths. She just had to keep going and growing.
We will review here because this is our Paula in her too short adult life. First, she attended University of Idaho with a 4-year degree as her goal. She was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. She successfully completed a year and then decided she wanted a career in cosmetology and got her certification at Gene Juarez. Turning to her supportive parents, Paula informs them that maybe a 4-year degree makes more sense than a life around hair cutting. She had a dream of going to Arizona for school. Mom and Dad said, “first get an associate’s degree and then we will support your dream to Arizona.” So, she did at Pierce Community College. Next Paula is off to Arizona State University. She loved it but thought she had something more important back home. It had to do with a boy, but it wasn’t enough for Paula. Back to the pursuit of a 4-year degree and this time the University of Washington where she got her coveted degree.
Paula was working during her UW days in the parts department at Weirs Appliance Store. After graduation, one of the vendors saw her skills and hired her in sales over a four-state territory where she lived in Arizona. She did this for a couple years and enjoyed the travel and challenge but missed home, family, and good friends so she quit and moved back to Washington State.
Always a fashionista, Paula announced to her parents that she wanted a job where she could wear scrubs. Yes, you read this correctly. Her Mom playfully bought her scrubs for
Christmas that year. Once Paula tried them on and wore scrubs in public, she was even more convinced of her new career goal. Not only were they comfortable but she got respect when she wore them in public. So back to Pierce Community college to get the science prerequisites and then acceptance and completion of the radiology program at Tacoma Community College. After completing her internship, Paula decided this was not the career for her despite the benefits of scrubs.
Mom, understanding that school is nice for intellectual growth but there are bills to pay, convinced Paula to substitute teach. Paula loved it and decided that teaching 5th and 6th graders was her calling. To do it right, Paula wanted her masters not just a teaching certificate. So back to school for a two-year program. She was almost done and getting ready to do student teaching. She was in a happy place in her life the night she died.
Paula is survived by her parents, Lonnie and Connie Weir, her brothers, Robb, Jeremy (Lisa) and her nieces Alexis and Ella. She is all survived by her special friend Max Brent and her dog Scooby. She leaves behind many cousins and friends.
There will be a rosary at 7:00 on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home located at 2215 Sixth Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403
A celebration of life will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 710 S 13th, Tacoma, WA 98405, Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10:00am.
All are welcome. For those who can’t attend the service will be live streamed on St. Leo’s You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8SKIUs7G98aX8qKQ3t04ig.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bellarmine Prep, 2300 So Washington, Tacoma, WA 98405 or St. Leo Food Connection, 710 So. 13th, Tacoma, WA 98405.