April 23, 1939 - May 1, 2014
It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Della Arline Paul (nee McDell) – a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Della passed away peacefully in her sleep at home. Della will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her loving husband Doug (married 56 years), son Gord (Laura), daughter Jacqueline (Ken), four grandchildren, Brad and Randy (Gord) and Jack and Ryan (Jacqueline), her brother Byron, many nieces and nephews, and many friends. Della was born in New Westminster to John (Jock) McDell and Zilda McDell who nurtured her wonderful sense of humour. She married her high school sweetheart, Doug, in 1959. After she attended hairdressing school they married and moved to Vancouver where Della worked at Crimpers and Doug at Woodwards. They eventually moved to Delta and started a family. Motherhood came easy for Della – she thoroughly enjoyed it and the love flowed. After a transfer to Kamloops they moved to Surrey. The house was filled with Della's chatter (yes, she talked to herself) and singing ("Knees up Mother Brown", "Bonnie Wee Jeannie McCall", "Northern Lights of Aberdeen", "Have a Banana" and many more). Della returned to work, after her children were grown, as a Teacher's Aid with the Surrey School Board. She worked with disabled children. She became very attached to each child in her care. She loved this job which allowed her empathy, patience and love of children to shine. Della loved to travel and, though afraid of flying, it never stopped her and Doug travelling to many destinations, often with their good friends, Bob and Kathleen Morrow. They enjoyed many cruises over the course of their retirement. Della had been struggling with heart failure and COPD. She suffered a fall that resulted in two broken ribs a couple of nights before she passed. Though she did have some pain, she was very happy and relieved to be home. There will be a Celebration of Life to remember Della on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Gord and Laura's house at 10494 Glenwood Crescent East in Surrey. In lieu of flowers please wrap your arms around someone you love and tell them you love them. She did it all the time.
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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on May 10, 2014