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Paulette Bond died peacefully on Friday, November 23. She was born on July 9, 1949, the daughter of Paul and Jeanette Bond of Beckley, West Virginia. She graduated in 1967 from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, obtained a B.S. degree in geology from West Virginia University and a M.S. degree in geology from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.She continued with advanced studies in geology at University of British Columbia and Florida State University.
In 1980 Paulette moved to Tallahassee when she was selected to fill a one-year instructor position for the Florida State University Geology Department. That temporary assignment was followed by nearly thirty years of service as a Geologist with the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) until her retirement in 2010.Paulette wore many hats during her career at the FGS; however, her most significant contribution was accomplished by using her unique combination of gifts. Through her artistic talent and creativity, passion for teaching and the environment, and exceptional communication skills, she developed an outstanding education and outreach program at the FGS. Her service was recognized in 2007 by the Florida Geological Survey Employee of the Year Award, and in August 2008 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Employee of the Month Award.
Paulette met Per Arne Rikvold during a hike in the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge in February 1992, and they married in April 1993. They lived together in the Waverly Hills neighborhood with her dogs, first Kermit and then Barclay. She gave Per the twenty happiest years of his life.
Paulette will be remembered by her family and her many friends for her sunny smile, infectious laugh, and twinkling eyes, and for the wellspring of love that she shared so lavishly. Like her father, she was intensely curious and wanted to learn about everything. Her avocation was art - painting and drawing - and she enjoyed playing the mandolin.She was a member of the Tallahassee Artists' League and her work was displayed at various exhibits. She frequently contributed to the annual Big Bend Cares Artopia art auction. She lived a rich and full life to the end, despite breast cancer and other health problems during the last two decades of her life.Her indomitable spirit was an inspiration to everybody who knew her. Paulette was deeply religious, and she worshiped with the Tallahassee Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Paulette was preceded in death by her father, and she is survived by her mother and husband, cousins, nieces, and nephews, and many, many friends whose lives she touched.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 1:00 pm at the Chapel of the Resurrection of the Episcopal University Center, 655 W. Jefferson St., Tallahassee. All are welcome to this celebration of Paulette's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paulette's memory to The Tallahassee-Leon Shelter, PO Box 4049, Tallahassee, FL 32315-4049.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Dec. 12, 2012