Paula Sue Temple

July 13, 1961March 14, 2013

Paula Temple Patterson, 51, of Celebration, Florida passed away in the early morning on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at her home after a long battle with breast cancer.

Born July 13, 1961 in Pekin, Illinois to Ron and Diana Herren Temple, she first married Donald Murphy and later Paul Patterson. A 1979 graduate of Pekin Community High School, Paula graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983. She taught elementary music at the schools in Elgin, IL for 15 years. She was a member of Our Redeemer’s United Methodist Church in Schaumburg, IL where she was active in the church’s music program, singing in several choirs and working with the children’s choir. Paula also attended the Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration, FL where she was active in the church music program and also sang in the Celebration Community Chorus.

Paula was preceded in her death by her sister, Jill Temple.

She is survived by her loving husband, Paul; daughter, Jill Murphy of Celebration, FL; step-daughter, Jennifer Patterson of Oswego, IL; and brother, Troy (Tracy) Temple of Geneva, IL.

A memorial service for Paula will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at 11:00 AM at the Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration, FL. Arrangements are under the care of Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory, 803 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, FL, 34741, (407) 847-3131.

A memorial service in Paula’s honor will be held at Our Redeemer’s United Methodist Church in Schaumburg, IL at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church, 511 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, FL, 34747; to The Celebration Community Chorus, Attn.: Kris Schave, 851 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, FL, 34747; or an “In Memory” Donation to The Susan G. Komen Foundation at

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March 25, 2014

Paula, it has been a year since you went to heaven.We had so many treasured & fun times over the years.We met in u46 & shared our love of singing & music.Your heart,always full of love will stay with those you love. I shall always keep you in my heart like a lovely melody. Trish

Marlene Briggs-King

June 10, 2013

I cannot believe this! I was friends with Paula during our time in Champaign-Urbana and lost touch with her shortly before her marriage to Don Murphy. Just this morning I was talking with my husband (who was a 1976 graduate of Pekin Community High School but did not know Paula) about trying to contact her again after all these years as I have missed our friendship. I just discovered this obituary while Googling her name. I am so very sorry for this loss. My heart goes out to her family and all who knew Paula and loved her.

Deb Spetich-VanAntwerp

May 14, 2013

Paula will always hold a special place in my heart and memories. Her smile, laughter, acceptance and friendship was given so freely to me when I moved to Pekin during my High School years to Sierra Drive. Her love of life and music was contagious. There are no words to express my deepest heartfelt sympathy and prayers to her family and all that knew her. I am sure her light will continue to shine through all she has touched in life.

Roseann Martini

March 20, 2013

Dearest Paula, What an amazing gift of friendship, love and wonderful memories you have given us! We will miss you terribly but you are always one with us -- The Lunch Bunch!! God needed another angel to sing in His choir and He has one of the best!!
Much Love, Rosie Martini (The Lunch Bunch)

Jay, Sue, Ryan, & Molly Kellner

March 20, 2013

My Dear Paul, Jill and family,
How sad we are at your loss...a loss for all of us. Paula left a seed of joy with each and every person who heard her laugh, each and every person who heard her sing, learned of music in her class, met her. We are grateful to have known her. We were fortunate to enjoy her support of the Elgin Children's Chorus, and especially thankful for sharing her Jill with us. Blessings to you all...

Nancy Beck

March 19, 2013

I was honored to hear Paula's music and wonderful voice at Our Redeemer's United Methodist Church in Schaumburg, IL. She will be missed.

Deborah Livingston

March 19, 2013

Dearest Paul and Paula's Beloved Family,
With her music, Paula did truly bring Joy into the world and showed others how to do the same! I feel blessed to have gotten to know Paula as a member of the Celebraton Community Chorus.
Know that all is in divine order...
I shall be keeping you all in my Prayers.

Sherry Buckingham

March 19, 2013

A couple years ago I started attending Communty Presbyterian and knew God was calling me to get connected so I joined the choir. After not singing for 15 years it was scary to try again. Paula made it easier for me with her beauty spiritually and physically, along with her strong vocal leadership. I always knew all I had to do was follow her lead. I will miss her vibrancy and look forward to the time when we sing in heaven together. My prayers for peace and blessing go out to Paul and all her family.

"The Chief" Rivenbark

March 19, 2013

The brief time I was able to spend in getting to know Paula and Paul were Happy and full of fun. You both are such wonderful people. I enjoyed the football game we watched together and was honored to have spent New Years with You as well.

I enjoyed and will miss your vibrant Spirit. I know this will live on through your family and friends in their wonderful memories and stories of you.

No farewells, but until next time.

Mark Maegdlin

March 19, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Paula was my first mentor when I started in U-46, I am still teaching the lessons she taught me 15 years later, she was a great person and a giant in the classroom.