GORDON--Paula Hughes, 68, died October 11 from breast cancer at her home on Cape Cod, surrounded by family. Born in Bridgeport CT, she received her R.N. from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in New York City and a B.S. from St. Joseph's College. An exceptional nurse, she was on the first liver transplant team at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In New York, Paula served as president of the St. Luke's Roosevelt Auxiliary, and a member of the Vestry of the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Later in life, she realized her dream as a school nurse at the Nightingale-Bamford School. She and Philip, her husband of 46 years, retired to Cape Cod where they had spent more than 30 happy summers. She was a funny, generous and special friend to many, and a completely devoted mother and wife. Paula will be deeply missed and remembered for her strength, grace, and wry sense of humor and for being "cheerfully non-compliant." In addition to Philip, she is survived by daughters Amanda and Margaret, granddaughter Ramona and mother Dorothy. A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home 74 Algonquin Ave. (Rte 151) Mashpee, MA on Saturday October 19, 2013 from 11am to 1pm followed by a 1pm memorial service. A memorial service will be held at a later date in New York City at the Church of the Heavenly Rest. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Paula H. Gordon Memorial Fund at Nightingale Bamford School 20 E. 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128. For online guestbook and direction please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com
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Published in The New York Times on Oct. 16, 2013