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Paula M. Oldfather

Paula M. Oldfather, age 73 Paula M. Oldfather, age 73, of Bryn Mawr, PA, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2013 in the company of her family. Born in Rosenberg, TX, she was the daughter of the Pansy Blossom (Carpenter) and Theron Andrew Oldfather. Paula was raised by her grandmother, Mary Myrtle (Bahl) Metzger in Glidden, Texas. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1957 at the age of 16 and was a member of the State Champion Marching band and loved music her entire life. In 1963, Paula found her first love of computers, when she joined Rand, as a college junior. She graduated from UCLA in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts, achieving Honors in Math. She moved to Philadelphia in 1967 to work for Auerbach. In 1969, Paula joined CARA as Manager of Programming. She continued her association with CARA for many years both as an employee and as a consultant until 1982. She was named in the Who's Who of American Women in 1983-1984. In 1967, she met Dorothy Belmont. In 1982, Paula started Belmont and Oldfather with Dorothy. She lived with Dorothy until her passing in 1988. Paula ran the company until she retired in 2006. In 1987, Paula met Marge Heald as a bridge partner. They moved in together in 1989 until Marge's passing in 2006. After Paula's retirement in 2006, she owned and operated the Bridge Club of Delaware County until she sold the club in 2013. She was a life master and enjoyed the challenge of cards. She also played Poker and won many tournaments. Paula was a woman of great courage and strength who was ahead of her time. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a joke for all occasions. Acceptance for Paula was hard to find. She was extremely intelligent and detail oriented, with an incredible head for numbers. She grew up in a small Texas town in a time when strong independent women were not encouraged. She moved to California where she found a more progressive attitude toward women. Her hard work ethic and incredible intellect served her well in the business world. Belmont and Oldfather was a successful and profitable endeavor until her retirement and closing of the company. Paula was a supportive and loving mother, dedicated grandmother and loving spouse. The world is a much better place for having her in it. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her. Survivors: Paula is survived by her children William D. Jones (Catherine) and Elizabeth A. Wall (William), her grandchildren William M. Wall, III and Aaron T. Wall (Adrian) and her brother Christopher Otis Shivers. Viewing: Relatives and friends are invited to visit the family Saturday, January 11, 2014 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m., The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike (cor. Lynn Blvd.), Upper Darby 610-449-0300 and to her Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment: is private. Online condolences: www.donohuefuneralhome.com
Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 7, 2014
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