Sept 2, 1938 - June 7, 2013 EDMOND Paula Kay Umphers passed away at her home in Edmond, Oklahoma, in June 2013, at 74 years of age. She had for several years suffered the chronic pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis and a high level of depression and anxiety. Born to Roger Sanford Umphers and Lorene Sharp Umphers in Ardmore, Oklahoma, she grew up in Shawnee and in Tishomingo and attended college at Central State College and graduate school at Oklahoma State University. She worked as a psychometrician in Tulsa schools, a reading specialist and a classroom teacher in Midwest City until health issues forced an early retirement. She enjoyed writing, especially children's stories, in which she displayed a joyful sense of humor. She led literary discussion groups and collected a fine library of books on many topics as well as a wide range of music, her special gift and solace. She played piano beautifully until arthritis crippled her hands. In later years, she became a biblical scholar, especially interested in the ideas of Mary Baker Eddy. She is survived by her sister, Linda Sherman, and her old friend, Roger Rush, both of Eugene, Oregon; two nephews and their wives, Andrew Sherman and Jodi Sheeler, and Gregory Sherman and Jane Hogan, two grand-nephews, Caleb and Milo, and grand-niece, Maisy, all of New York City; and two cousins, Jackie Payne and Norma Barbisan. Memorial service will be held at a later date. A graveside service will be facilitated by Baggerley Funeral Home Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park in Edmond. Contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy in her honor.
Published in The Oklahoman on July 9, 2013