May 1, 2019 — Paula Lee Becker, born March 29, 1939, in Denver, Colo., died Dec. 5, 2018 in Florence.
She was preceded in death by parents Elmer Lee and Beuna Pearl Becker and by her beloved dog Bailey.
She was an only child; an author; a professor; a marketing professional; a world traveler; a spiffy dresser; an interior decorator; and a quick wit.
Admittedly vain (her longtime friends from school did not even know her birth year until she had passed), her humility was equal to her vanity in that she never bragged about her accomplishments.
She kept her deepest feelings inside and she kept her troubles between herself and her creator.
During childhood, her father’s work took them from Colorado to the Midwest, to the Philipines, San Francisco and finally to Loma Linda, Calif.
In adulthood, her career took her to several different states and her adventurous nature took her on several foreign adventures.
She received her BA degree from Loma Linda University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
She was a prolific writer. She journaled every day. She has written songs and published a children’s book series about the adventures of Susan & Jimmy.
In 1971, she published a book about a gospel singing family (the Speers) called “Let the Song Go On.”
Her professional career spanned 57 years from public relations for various companies to private practice consultant, marketing director, ghost writer for several businesses, and university professor teaching business writing and critical think-ing.
Real estate investing brought her to Florence to visit, but the welcoming atmosphere and beauty of the area brought her back here to live. As an unmarried only child, she adopted her dogs and her friends as family. She leaves behind her dog, Bear, as well as many friends she considered family.
Paula was active in Florence Rotary and PEO Chapter FQ. She was on planning committees for several Rotary dinners and golfing fundraisers and was named Rotarian of the year 2013-14.
Paula held officer positions in PEO Chapter FQ and was as a driving force for the PEO wine tasting fundraiser called “Wine, Women and Who Knows What” and was proud to be called one of the “Winos.”
Paula focused on the positive and refused to accept negative thinking into her life. She gave generously to charities and has left her entire estate to Chapter FQ of PEO to establish a local scholarship for women.
A celebration of her life took place March 29 at Ocean Dunes Golf Course.
Burial was at Pacific Sunset Cemetery.