Paula Seepe Rodriguez
September 2, 1940 – May 9, 2018
Paula S Rodriguez of Davie, FL, died peacefully of natural causes at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL on May 9, 2018.
Paula was born in Atlanta on September 2, 1940 to Paul and Lila Seepe, the younger sibling to sister Sara. After graduating high school, Paula attended Emory University in Atlanta. She married in 1959 and had three children – Charles, Mark, and Judith.
The family moved to Key West, FL just after Christmas 1966. While raising three young children in Key West, Paula held several jobs, at times two or three simultaneously, including ticket sales at the Conch Tour Train, where she would meet the love of her life, Odilio “Olie” Rodriguez, who worked there as a driver and tour guide.
Paula and Olie were married in March 1971. Shortly thereafter Paula began her career with the Monroe County government, servicing Key West and the Florida Keys, where she was promoted to County Human Resources Director in 1976. She served in that position for 20 years, at which time she and Olie retired to Brooksville, FL. They lived in Brooksville for nine years, until Olie passed away in September 2005, having been married for over 34 years.
Paula left Brooksville in early 2006, first living with her son Mark and his family in Peachtree City, GA, then in her own home in South Florida, near daughter Judi and son Charles, until her passing on May 9, 2018.
Paula will always be remembered for her compassion and silent strength. She was very charitable and loved all types of music, and animals, including her own pets and those belonging to the family. She was happiest when spending time with family, and the sentiment was returned tenfold. She was, and always will be, beloved by family and friends alike, as evidenced by the 300+ attendees at her Monroe County retirement party.
She is survived by her sister Sara “Sally” Stott, children Charles Acheson (Elizabeth), Mark Acheson (Mercedes), and Judith Angels (Carlos), stepson Richard Rodriguez, and grandchildren Maria and Alexandra Acheson, and Carlos and Talia Angels. We, her family, adore her more than words can say, and can only hope to continue her legacy of putting others ahead of oneself. Our hearts swell with pride and love just to be able to say she was our mom, and we credit her for any and all of our admirable qualities. She was an example not only to us, but anyone who was fortunate enough to be touched by her smile, warmth, and gentle spirit.
Because of her faith, mom always knew she'd be with Olie again someday. So while we miss hear dearly in this life, we are comforted to know that she and Olie are sharing the happiest kind of reunion – the forever kind!
Like Olie, Paula has requested cremation, and no formal service. Instead, she wished that everyone remember her for the happy times we all shared with her, and there were certainly many. To that end, please sign the online guest book, and share comments, stories, and photos. And in lieu of flowers or gifts, Paula and the family request a donation be made in her name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
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Stella Otto Beard
May 17, 2018
My condolence to Mark, Chip and Judy and their families.
I am blessed to have worked with Paula and very grateful to have known her. Memories of love and friendship are treasures to carry with you always and that I have done since I left Key West. I will always remember how kind she was to my son, every Birthday, Christmas and any special occasion she always remember him.
I have such warm and happy memories of the times I spent with Paula.
With much love.
Stella Otto Beard
May 16, 2018
Paula was my great aunt, the sister of my maternal grandmother, but to me it never felt like she was so distant of a relation. Paula's warm and unconditional love was present in my life from the beginning of recollection. When I was a tiny kid she would talk on the phone with me about living in Florida. I thought that because she lived in Florida, she must live near Disney World, and so she must know Minnie Mouse - and one day I asked her about it, and she pretended to pass the phone off and would do a goofy Minnie Mouse voice just for me. It took me a good while to realize it was her all along. When I got older and went through the emotional doldrums of middle and high school, she was a loving and nonjudgemental ear for all of my fears and worries. No matter how scary the world around me seemed, Paula was always a warm light. She brought out the best in me and in everyone she met and loved.
May 14, 2018
I thought I was done crying for a while until I saw this picture of Paula and reading this wonderfully written obituary by Paula’s Daughter Judy Angel and her Brothers Mark and Chip.
Paula was a kind sweetheart that made you feel that she really cared and was genuinely interested in what was going on with you.
Although we had a long-distance relationship from San Francisco CA, Paula always made me feel like I was there with her. We could talk for hours and she certainly loved letting her views and position on current affairs and politics be known. It was fun listening to Paula once she got started. Paula always spoke her mind and could be a pistol.
Paula was very smart. One could always call Paula for the answer; who needed Google.
Paula will be missed more than she could have ever imagined. In passing, I know she found her beloved Oli Rodriguez, my Dad, in Heaven. Oli had been awaiting her arrival.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Judi, Mark, and Chip in this time of grief.
With Much Love,
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