Entered into Eternal Life at the Milton Hospital on Sunday, September 29, 2013, after a period of declining health. She was born in Stoneham, MA, the daughter of Thomas and Ella Batchelder. After graduating from Stoneham High School, Paula received a business/medical transcription degree from Fisher Junior College and worked as a medical administrator for Dr. Tauro, the brother of Chief Justice Tauro. During college she worked for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Research Center. Later she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master's Degree in Education from Northeastern University, after completing her thesis. She was a former elementary school teacher in the Woburn Public Schools system, teaching English and History. She was a lifelong member of the Congregational Church both in Peru, VT and in Mass. and enjoyed participating in their activities. In her younger years she participated in outdoor sports activities including swimming, in Plymouth and Cape Cod, sailing, tennis and skiing, including at Bromley and Stratton Mountains. She taught her family by example to be thoughtful and kind and when an elderly man and his wife could not pay for their dinner at Friendly's she paid their bill. Later, she always asked the nurses caring for her at home, if they had their lunch or dinner, no matter how ill she was. She enjoyed with her son many trips to the general store in Peru, Vermont, near where her mother Ella resided. She loved animals and cared for her German shepherd/greyhound dog and several cats who returned her love and attention. She first lived on Mt. Vernon Ave in Braintree and moved elsewhere in Braintree for fifty years. She was happily married to Russell F. Peck, Sr. for 52 years. She was always the devoted mother of Russell F. Peck, Jr, and his wife, Vana C. Peck. She is survived by many nieces and nephews including Roger W. Lamson, Jr. of North Sutton, NH and Frank Lamson of North Sutton, NH. Her brother was the late Clinton Hunt, formerly of Maynard, MA. She also leaves her older sister, Virginia of NH. Visiting hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM on Friday at the Peck Funeral Home in Braintree, and the funeral service will be at 11 AM on Saturday at the Union Congregational Church at 74 Commercial Street Braintree, MA. Memorial donations may be sent to the Quincy Animal Shelter, 56 Broad Street, Quincy, MA 02169 or to the Union Congregational Church, 74 Commercial Street, Braintree, MA 02184.
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 2, 2013