Paula Jean (Shaw) Wetzel passed away peacefully on Monday, November 2nd, at her home in Duncan, with her girls at her side.
Paula was born on August 25th, 1932 in Fairfax, Oklahoma to Delbert and Christine Shaw.
Paula spent much of her childhood in Hoisington, Kansas, but her father’s work in the oilfield moved the family to Duncan in 1949. She quickly settled into her senior year at Duncan High School by joining the pep club, the cheer team and claiming the crown of basketball queen. Paula graduated from Duncan in 1950. Soon after, she met the irresistibly charming William “Bill” Wetzel parked in his brand-new red Buick at Herman’s Drive-In. Paula instantly fell in love with the shiny new car and decided she could tolerate the handsome owner as well. Bill hit the jackpot that night.
Paula and Bill were married July 26th, 1952 and made a home in Duncan where Bill started his family owned oil and gas business, Wetzel Producing Company. They raised their two daughters, Lea Ann and Lindsey, in their beloved community. Paula thrived being a homemaker and taking care of her family. She was the glue that held it all together. One of Paula’s greatest joys in life was her inseparable relationship with her granddaughter, Lauren. Paula and Bill always loved hosting their extended family for holidays and were gifted at making everyone feel right at home.
Paula was blessed with many wonderful friendships over the years which she valued deeply. She loved traveling with her family and friends and was always ready to dress-up for a party. Paula was a 60-year charter member of Hestian Study Club, a 50-year member of the BK Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood and a member of First United Methodist Church. Along with being an avid bridge player, she enjoyed snow skiing and playing tennis. Paula was the epitome of a true lady but with a passionate love for watching Oklahoma sports and the Dallas Cowboys. She was also a fighter having beat cancer twice in her lifetime.
Paula and her family have been blessed with decades of love and care by beloved friend and housekeeper, Peggy Ferguson. They also wish to express their heartful thanks to all of Paula’s caregivers and nurses that have become family to her over the past 10 months.
Paula is survived by her daughters Lea Ann Brenneis and Lindsey Barnes, and granddaughter Lauren Barnes, all of Norman, Oklahoma; and a brother, Leon Shaw and his wife Joy of DeBerry, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, William Wetzel, a sister, Joyce Shaw Alexander and her parents Delbert and Christine Shaw.
Due to current health concerns, and at Paula’s request, a private family service will be held. A celebration of Paula’s life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in Paula’s honor to First United Methodist Church of Duncan.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.
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