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Pauletta Willis

Born: 08/20/1945 Died: 10/31/2010 Maiden Name: Thomas Honorific: n/a

Wanda Pauletta Thomas Willis, 65, of Lago Vista, Texas, passed away on Oct. 31, 2010. Pauletta was born to Paul and Vineta Thomas on Aug. 20, 1945, in Lubbock, Texas. She was married to R. Nolen Willis on Dec. 1, 1965, at Westside Baptist Church in Sapulpa. Pauletta and Nolen had two children, Jeffrey Wayne Willis and Sarah Willis Dahlberg and the light of their life, grandson Logan John Dahlberg who was born on Jan. 20, 2010. Pauletta loved life and lived it to the fullest. She enjoyed traveling and designing and decorating and hand making incredibly beautiful home and personal artifacts which she liked to share with family and friends. Over the years she was engaged in a variety of “projects.” Once she had mastered a particular skill or craft, she moved on to a new “project.” In addition to being a great wife and mom, her many and varied interests included duplicate bridge, doubles tennis, flower decorating and her incredible gardens. Where ever she and Nolen lived, she always requisitioned a goodly amount of lawn which was then transformed into a beautifully landscaped garden. In 2001 Pauletta was diagnosed with stage-two breast cancer. After months of chemotherapy and radiation her doctors declared her “cancer free.” Unfortunately in April 2007, she was informed that she had stage-four breast cancer which had metastasized to her bones and liver. At the time, Pauletta declared that she was not going to let the cancer dictate her life and she continued to enjoy traveling and carrying out a myriad of “projects” she loved. After two years of a mostly normal life, Pauletta began that tortuous and difficult final decline dreaded by all cancer patients. Never willing to give up hope she was committed to continue her battle with cancer and she soldiered on. One of the things that motivated Pauletta to fight with all of her strength was the prospect of her first grandchild. In the summer of 2009, Pauletta explicitly directed her oncologist to keep her alive until her grandchild was born. Happily, on Jan. 20, 2010, Pauletta, her husband Nolen, their daughter Sarah and Sarah’s husband Greg welcomed Pauletta’s first grandchild, Logan John Dahlberg. The birth of Logan seemed to mark the beginning of the end; she had accomplished what she wanted so dearly to do, to hold and love her only grandchild. Her family could sense that once Logan arrived, Pauletta seemed to be finally resolved to fight the cancer with the knowledge that her fight would ultimately end in her passing. Pauletta was preceded in passing by her younger sister, Glenda and her father, Paul Abram Thomas. Survivors include her husband Nolen; her children, Jeff with wife Maria; Sarah with husband Greg; grandson Logan John Dahlberg; her mother, Vineta; her brother, Wayne Thomas with wife Brenda; her sister, Marilyn Evans with husband Winston Evans; her aunt, Joy Culbreath with husband Muggs; her uncles, Charles Clark with wife Kathy, Junior Clark and Eub Thomas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.