Paula M. Windham (1942 - 2018)

Obituary
  • "My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief...."
    - Annie Horne

Paula Yolanda Madrid Windham, 75, died June 15, 2018, at her home, surrounded by loved ones.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Columbine Elementary School in Boulder.
Paula was born August 17, 1942 to Carlos Madrid and Alice Martinez Madrid in Las Vegas, N.M. She graduated from Robertson High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from New Mexico Highlands University, where she met and fell in love with Thomas Windham, Jr.
They were married at First Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas on Aug. 27, 1966 and after living in Laramie, Wyo. and Lincoln, Neb., settled in Boulder, Colo.
An activist for social justice, Paula worked at the Colorado Migrant Council in Denver. After receiving a Master of Education from Antioch University, Paula taught at Columbine Elementary for 24 years, where she touched the lives of hundreds of young, adoring students.
Paula was an avid reader (mystery novels), enjoyed television (anything British), yoga (previously having been an aerobics fanatic), and gardening. Most of all, she was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.
Paula was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Carla and Sylvia ("seester"); and grandson X0avier.
She is survived by her beloved Thomas ("a good man"); children, Carlos, Khadija, and Yusef; grandchildren and other family, godchildren, and loved ones.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.cristmortuary.com. Paula would have loved for any contributions to be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center at: donate.splcenter.org.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on July 4, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Crist Mortuary
3395 Penrose Place | Boulder, CO 80301 | (303) 442-4411
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