Paul Martin Gully
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Paul Gully, a resident of Tukwila, WA passed away on Saturday, June 23rd . He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Betty Jean Gully, and his four children; Craig (Donna) Gully of Sumner, WA, Mark (Betsy) Gully of Union, Ky, Cathy (Mike) Gully-Wahlstrom of Colorado Springs, Co, and Mark (April) Wahlstrom, of Tukwila WA. Paul has 10 grand children, and six great grand children. Paul was one of seven children born to Clarence and Esther Gully of Willow Lake, South Dakota and is survived by his sister Leona Wiley. A pillar in the Tukwila community, Paul worked with Pre-K children in the Head Start program in the 60's, Cub Scout Master and Square Dancer in the 70's, a community activist & volunteer for; Tukwila Schools, the Rainier Symphony,and the Tukwila Food Bank. Paul and Betty fostered numerous children and opened their home to anyone willing to give and receive love and respect. Paul was a 34 year employee of the Boeing Company as a tool & die maker, a Korean War Veteran, and a active member of St. Thomas Parrish. Paul and his wife Betty operated "Gully Gardens" in their retirement and he was an avid bee keeper. He taught and mentored countless members of the community to become bee keepers and to the children in the Tukwila Schools he was affectionately called "The Bee Man" for his work demonstrating and educating young children about the benefit of bees. Services for Paul will be held at 11:00 am on July 5th at St.Thomas Parrish (4415 S. 140th, Tukwila, WA). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: VanishingBees.com or the Puget Sound Bee Keepers Association (pugetsoundbees.org).
Published in The Seattle Times on July 1, 2012