OBITUARY

Maria T. Paul

January 8, 1947June 25, 2020
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Maria Paul, of Temple Terrace, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the Melech Hospice House. She was born on January 8, 1947 in Hanau, Germany, to Max and Zoja Tellis, and immigrated to the United States with her family on June 8, 1949.

Maria had a rich international experience and spoke five languages. She studied Foreign Languages at the University of New Hampshire where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1968, She lived in Istanbul, Turkey for ten years and taught German to Turkish students at Robert College.

She received her Master of Education degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1985, where she met her husband, Jim Paul. They were married in Temple Terrace, Florida March 4, 1989.

Maria held positions in the international student office at the University of North Carolina and the Duke University Law School Alumni Office. She worked closely with the Chair of the Department of Secondary Education at USF and coordinated the Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology (SLA/IT) doctoral program. She later moved to the Dean’s office as Faculty Assistant to the Dean where she continued to work as part of this interdisciplinary second language academic community with students from around the world until she retired in 2010.

Like her mother and sister, she was an artist. She enjoyed healthy cooking and Taoist Tai Chi. Maria had a generous spirit and her life was filled with grace and gestures of kindness that added value to all of the communities of which she was a part. Everyone who knew her appreciated her dignity and genuine goodness. She was deeply devoted to her family and remains a treasured presence in the hearts and lives of her family and large community of friends. She made us grateful for every day.

Maria was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Susanne Quinn. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Jim Paul; son, Scott Paul; daughter, Margaret Gail Lawrence and husband Michael; three grandchildren, James Lawrence, Zachariah Paul, and Joseph Lawrence; nephew, Adam Quinn and his children, Oona and Indus Quinn; and her beloved dog, Sandy.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be sent to Metropolitan Ministries or Save the Children.

Services

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    Saturday, July 25, 2020

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Lucinda Knox

September 21, 2020

Dear Jim,
I just now learned about Maria's death, and I am so incredibly sorry that I haven't contacted you sooner. Maria was a special person, and I regret that we lost touch. I'll always remember the two New Year's Eves we shared, and the fun we had. My heartfelt condolences go to you and both of your families.

Anne Scott

August 7, 2020

I worked with Maria several years ago when she worked for USF. She was so kind, so bright, so caring about the people who would benefit from her USF work. That's how I knew Maria - working on posters and other graphics in support of her programs. I'm sorry I lost touch with her, several years ago. She was and will always be one of the best people I've ever known, really an inspiration to me. My sincere condolences to her family, I am sorry for your loss.

Kathy Nelson

July 27, 2020

Maria (Mary)'s smile never changed. I knew her in high school and when I saw the photos of her smiling through the years, I was brought back into her presence -- her warm, calm, centered presence, even back then-- and our time together at King Philip.

She was a wonder in all language classes. And an amazing artist. We corresponded briefly this last year through the KP class of '64 website. She sent an image of her mother's last painting, a gorgeous sunset. I am so glad that we connected again. I shared my website with her: katenelson.com. I surprised her! SHE was the artist!
I am so sorry for your loss. KN

Joanne Arhar

July 25, 2020

Maria and I met 30 years ago when I was a new faculty member at USF. Her kind and generous spirit became evident immediately and even though so many years have past, I still feel the warmth of her friendship and caring nature. Today's memorial service was a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman.

PERRY JACOBSEN

July 25, 2020

AS WE PROGRESS ALONG THE ROAD OF LIFE WE MEET MANY INDIVIDUALS BUT ONLY A FEW TRULY REMAIN IN OUR THOUGHTS FOREVER. MARIA PAUL IS ONE OF THOSE AS SHE IS AMONG THE KINDEST PEOPLE THAT I HAVE EVER MET.
IT WAS ALWAYS A DELIGHT TO BE IN HER COMPANY. WE ARE SADDENED BY HER PASSING BUT LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HER AGAIN.

PERRY JACOBSEN

Victor Peppard

July 25, 2020

I knew Maria from the time she was coordinator for the USF SLAIT PhD program in Applied Linguistics when we all considered her a wonderful person and colleague.
Later on I was delighted to see her at Tai Chi sessions in Temple Terrace where her presence lit up the room and she was good friends with so many of us.
I enjoyed speaking with her in Russsian, one of her five languages. And sometimes we would also talk about her Russian heritage.
Everyone who knew Maria will miss her terribly, but she has left us all with precious memories.

Guesna Dohrman

July 25, 2020

Maria was a wonderful person with a fabulous spirit. We took Tai Chi together and most recently an art history class at Tampa Museum of Art. Even though she knew so much she was never boastful but was kind and gracious. The world is worse for the loss of this beautiful human being. She will be missed.

Linnae Bulun

July 24, 2020

You are gone, yet you are not gone. I still resist fully acknowledging that you are no longer reacheable by phone or text. Visits were few as we both led busy lives. Yet I find things you have chosen for me, sent me as gifts, in the oddest of moments, and instantly my mind returns to times we've shared together, places we have explored together, moments when we have put our joys, concerns and memories out to each other as best friends do.
You will always remain in my life as a bright, warm light, Maria, a true gift of a close and trusting friendship.

Ken (Bud) Parks

July 24, 2020

Jim, We are so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, I will be out of town on Saturday and cannot attend the memorial service. We will be praying for you and hope to see you walking Sandy soon.

In Christian love,
Ken (Bud) & Cathy Parks

Seth Ayettey

July 22, 2020

During our daughter Hannah's stay in Tampa working at the Moffit Cancer Center from April through October 2019, Maria and Jim Paul touched her life deeply. A strong family bond developed, We looked forward to sharing many pleasant years together. Less than a year since Hannah returned, Maria is no more with us. One of God's angels in our life has been recalled. Her memory in our mind, heart and soul, however, remain. Till we meet at "Home" to be with Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord forever, sleep peacefully, Maria, our beloved sister

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