Paula Jean Hansen Speck
July 22, 1959 – November 16, 2020
Paula Hansen Speck, 61 of Houston, TX, passed away peacefully at her home on November 16, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer while holding her husband's hand. Paula, a native Houstonian, was born July 22, 1959 at Herman Hospital to the joy of her parents, Mr. Paul and Zoan Hansen. Paula grew up in Spring Branch and graduated from Northbrook High School in 1977 and received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston.
Paula was well known for her days working at Laff Stop in River Oaks, where she saw and personally served entertainers of the day including the likes of Rodney Dangerfield and Phyllis Diller. Paula was notorious for her roaring laughter and being the life of the party. She also had a very caring and compassionate side and was first to offer assistance to those in need often caring for family members in time of sickness. She cherished life of all animals, big or small.
Paula married her husband Dr. Norman Kirk Speck in Barbados in 2002 and they shared their life together in the Houston Heights. Paula is also survived by her sister Pamela Stone, Ms. Hannah Mary Speck and Ms. Sarah Emma Speck, Bruno and an extended family of nieces, nephews and brothers-in-law. She was preceded in death by her sister Vicky and brother Danny and her parents Paul and Zoan. A graveside service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Ave., Houston, TX. Friday, Nov. 20th, 1:00pm.
- Dr. Norman Kirk Speck, Husband
- Pamela Stone, Sister
- Hannah Mary Speck, Daughter
- Sarah Emma Speck, Daughter
- Danny Hansen, Brother (deceased)
- Vickie Hansen, Sister (deceased)
- Paul and Zoan Hansen, Parents (deceased)
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Friday, November 20, 2020
Paula Jean Hansen Speck
November 24, 2020
Thanks for having you in our family, dear Paula. Thanks for guiding us at Houston and visiting us in Cascais with Kirk. Thanks for your wonderful company and happy hours that we experienced together.
Love from Frank, Gaby, Alexander, Janina, Benjamin and around.
November 23, 2020
Farewell dear Paula. I will always remember your laugh and the care you provided to Hobby, Norman and I.
November 22, 2020
My family and I met Paula during her treatments last year. We sat with her during those times chatting and getting to know her. We quickly learned that she was extremely funny and so nice. Paula and my mother named themselves “Chemo Buddies” and that started something special. I remember taking Ms. Paula and my mother to look for wigs, we searched for hours not because she couldn’t find the right one but because she was having so much fun with her options, us, and the staff. We will miss Paula and the joy she brought to our lives. She will truly be missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
November 20, 2020
Paula was an incredible woman. We became friends in 1979. We celebrated many New Year’s Eves and birthdays together. There is a large void in life now that will be filled with her light and memories. Rest In Peace my friend. Mark and I are praying for her family to feel His comfort. ❤️
Martina Heft (Speck)
November 18, 2020
We have no words to express how deeply affected and incredibly sad we are. Paula was such a wonderful woman.
We only knew each other for a few years and yet it feels like a whole life.
We had such a amazing time together in Zweinig and in Houston.
Rest In peace Paula♥️
In this difficult time we are with our thoughts very much at your side and wish you much power!!!
We love you and we are always there for you!
Your family from Zweinig
Martina & Uli with Alexandra and Katharina and Karin from
November 18, 2020
We have no words to express how deeply affected and incredibly sad we are. A wonderful time together has ended far too early. You accompanied your beloved Paula on her last, difficult way with a lot of love and devotion and you did everything in your power to comfort and love her.
We only knew each other for a few years and yet it feels like a whole life. Her openness and unlimited affection, her cheerfulness and cordiality will always remain in our best memory. We still had so many plans.
In this difficult time we are with our thoughts very much at your side and wish you from the bottom of our hearts that you can find first peace and later new energy for your life.
We love you and are always there for you!
Your family from Dresden, Zweinig and Stuttgart
Martina & Uli with Alexandra and Katharina
Claudia with Saskia & Fabian and Jonas