Paula Anita Walling

July 10, 1938March 14, 2013

Paula Anita Walling — 1938 to 2013 On March 14th, 2013, Paula Anita Walling peacefully passed on in the loving presence of long-time friends at the Carmel Hills Care Center. Originally from Texas, Paula moved to Los Angeles, California with her mother and grand mother. It was while working as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines that she fell in love with Big Sur and the people who lived there. After completing her BA at the University of Southern California, she moved to Carmel to begin a teaching career. She later received her MA from Monterey Institute of International Studies. Paula taught with the Carmel Unified School District, devoting many years to teaching kindergarten and first grade at Captain Cooper School in Big Sur. During her career, she took part in the Teacher in Space program with NASA, and was one of the California finalists for the program. She was a beloved teacher, and her vibrant spirit allowed her to touch many students’ lives in ways that they would remember years later. Her devotion to Big Sur led to pursuits that touched the lives of the coastal residents. She spent time as a reporter, photographer, columnist and editor for the Big Sur Gazette and The Coast Gazette. Paula also helped mount a fierce defense of the Big Sur coast throughout the 80‘s with Coast Property Owners Association, an endeavor that would prove to keep the area in the hands of the local residents. After retiring, Paula pursued writing, and published Big Sur Inn: The Deetjen Legacy, which won the 2008 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Bronze Award. Her love of writing also led her to join the Central Coast Writers and Crossroads Writers Group. While retired, she volunteered much of her time with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers, and the Bring Me A Book Foundation. Paula is survived by her son, Noel Douglas Walling, and by the many friends and acquaintances whose lives she touched. A memorial service will be scheduled in Big Sur at a date to be determined later. Please share your stories of Paula with or Paula Walling Memorial, P.O. Box 1038, Carmel Valley, CA 93924.


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Raetta Romero

April 12, 2013

So many memmories, and so much laughter.
My friend for over 60 years,. The closest I'll ever come to having a sister.I will hang a plaque on the door of the room she stayed in over the years,where she slept over, on her many"TRIPS TO SCRIPPS", saying, Paula slept here! Now sleep well my friend, sleep well .

Carol Shadwell

March 31, 2013

Paula showered all her students with affection and delighted in their unique personalities and abilities. She believed each child was talented and gifted and destined for great things. Even in middle age, those of us who were taught, tutored, or mentored by her, strive to be all she thought we could be. She inspired us to dream big and make our dreams come true. Now that's a teacher! I miss my beloved friend, the unwavering wind at my back.


March 30, 2013

What a bright and wonderful light while she was here, now shining on the other side. Prayers to her family.

March 30, 2013

I cleaned house for her, a great person, RIP Paula.

Joy Ware

March 27, 2013

Paula, we shared a writing class with Patrice and many a raffle at California Writer's Club. Your sunny spirit lives in in the hearts of those who knew you, and may God rest your soul and shower His peace.

Michelle Anderson

March 27, 2013

We will forever remember all of the great memories we shared. I was so lucky to have you in my life. Love you! Paula will see you again in heaven.Big Sur will miss you !
Michelle Ann Bleck Anderson

Lauren O'Neill

March 27, 2013

Paula, Janice Cooke and I spent many a Sunday giving tours at the Big Sur Lightstation. We had some fun times and we will miss you Paula. I'll also miss your NASA vehicle zooming around town and in Big Sur.

Janelle LaChance (Benfield)

March 26, 2013

You will be very dearly missed. I am not sure you ever new how much of an impact you had on the lives of everyone you met! I just finished telling my son about my amazing kindergarten teacher. You will never be forgotten.

My prayers and sympathy to your family

Georgia Hubley

March 26, 2013

Rest in peace, dear Paula. Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness and friendship they have shared and the love they brought into our lives. The light of Paula's spirit shines upon us all. With my deepest sympathy to family and friends.

Lorraine Faherty

March 26, 2013

Paula lived across from us on Cedar Street in Pacific Grove for many years after she retired from teaching in Big Sur. She was a good neighbor and a good person. She will be missed by many. may her memory be a blessing. i see her name daily on a brick in front of our Skidompha Library in Damariscotta