OBITUARY

Paula Ann Hamilton

June 23, 1966March 3, 2018
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Paula Ann Hamilton, age 51, of Killeen, Texas passed away on Saturday March 3, 2018. Paula was born June 23, 1966 in Mineral Wells, Texas.

A memorial service for Paula will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM at Freedom Road Biker Church, Belton, Texas.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerstemple.com for the Hamilton family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 17, 2018
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Biography

      To Paula Ann Hamilton, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Paula, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Paula really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Paula was born on June 23, 1966 at Beach Army Hospital in Mineral Wells, Texas. Her parents were Mary Smith (Mother), Donald Smith (Father) and Durel Almond (Step-Father). Paula was raised in Frankfurt and Nurnberg, Germany. Even as a child, Paula had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Paula was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Paula managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Paula was raised with two siblings, Donna and Troy.

      All of Paula's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Paula experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. In her spare time she liked watching Bozo, Giligan's Island and game shows, playing outside, flying kites and riding bikes.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Paula was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Paula simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Paula, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Paula's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Paula attended Nurnberg American High School and received her GED in 1984. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Gym. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Coach Smith. She played Varsity Tennis, Volleyball, track and field.

      Paula never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Paula to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Paula delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Paula was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Paula utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, her best friends was Missie Bouqin. Later in life, she became friends with Roy Poteet, Lu Piper and Ingrid. Paula loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      Perhaps the reason Paula related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Paula was blessed with two, one daughter, Athena and one son, Nolan. Paula had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Paula's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Paula had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Paula was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Paula liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Paula was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Paula's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Paula as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was a truck driver. Her work experience included being a maid for Aloraway for 7 years, truck driving school and being a truck driver for 2 years for FFE AE Swift, FH, and CEVACTNT Trucking.

      Paula enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Paula liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were watching the walking dead and home flipping shows. Paula was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Paula felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Paula loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Paula relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Paula never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Paula played valleyball, tennis, track and field. Paula was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were NASCAR.

      A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Paula often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Politically, Paula was Repulican.

      Naturally outgoing and generous, Paula was regularly doing things for others. For her, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Paula was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included an award for volleyball.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Paula just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included going to the zoo.

      Paula was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Paula's favorites was Pooter a toy poodle. They were best friends for 7 years.

      Paula passed away on March 3, 2018 at at her home. She is survived by her children, Athena and Nolan, her brother, Troy, sister, Donna and stepdad, Wayne. Services were held at Freedom Road Biker Church on March 17, 2018. She will remain at home with Athena.

      Paula brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Paula Ann Hamilton lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.