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Cole, Paula Kelly Dickinson May 11, 1944 - April 26, 2012 Paula Jr. passed away peacefully at U.C.L.A. in the presence of her immediate family. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Holly Cole, and her sister Juliann Dickinson Lancaster and other relatives. Paula Jr.'s parents were Paula Kelly Sr. and Hal Dickinson who founded the vocal group "The Modernaires" in the 1930's. TheMods have performed worldwide for over 70 years. Paula Jr.sang with the Mods from 1966 through 1971 learning the lead part from her mother. Previously, Paula Jr. performed many times with her two sisters, Martha and Juliann, in a trio called "The Kelly Sisters" making recordings and appearing on television shows. Paula Jr. and ex-husband Michael Cole (TV's Mod Squad) welcomed daughter Jennifer in 1972. She will certainly be missed by her family and the big band music world. A celebration of life is planned in the near future by Jennifer and Juliann.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on May 13, 2012.
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June 15, 2020
I used to read about her in Tiger Beat the teen magazine. She was so pretty. Time is a thief. Live your best life. We get but one.
June 6, 2012
so sorry for your loss. I was looking forward to seeing Paula again at the 50 year reunion
diane Paullada, Garrison
June 4, 2012
Rest in Peace my sweet sister. Your Celebration of Life yesterday was wonderful for all of us who attended. Music and singing just like you like it. I miss you so much. Love you so much.
Juliann Dickinson
June 3, 2012
I was so fortunate to count both Paula and her sister, Julie, among my good friends. We shared the same love for the music of the Big Band Era, and our sarcasm was bound to get us into trouble someday! LOL R.I.P. Paula. I miss you.
Alan Glasscock
May 29, 2012
To have known this family for so many years, my heart is full of sorrow, but also such love. So many great years of listening to Paula Jr. and her parents and sharing the years of hearing she and her sisters!!! I am so glad that I was part of this journey. Sylvia
May 17, 2012
I was so saddened by Paula's passing. Though our friendship was brief, it will be everlasting. Paula and her family will always be in my prayers. Rest in Peace and sing with the angels!
Anita Alferes
May 17, 2012
Paula's family was blessed to have such a kind and beautiful person in their life. Theresa Brink
May 17, 2012
So sadden by the passing of Paula. Though our friendship was short it will be everlasting. Rest in Peace and sing with the angels!
Cindy Mac Millan
May 16, 2012
My prayers are with you Julie and your family. What a wonderful legacy she has left. R.I.P. Paula....
May 15, 2012
I am so saddened by Paula's passing. I remember her as a sweet girl and always with a pretty smile. I had recently been in touch with her and was looking forward to seeing her in August. She will be missed. My prayers are with her family.
Sharon Rankin
May 14, 2012
I am so heartbroken at the loss of Paula, a precious friend. She encouraged me with the loss of our Son last year. So loving. We will miss her dearly.
In loving memory, Cathy Harrington Stebbins, CA.
May 14, 2012
My deep felt sympathy to Paula's family. She was shuch a lovely person and will be missed by all who knew her.
Carole Elliott Palmer
May 13, 2012
I send my condolenses to Jennifer and the family. I have such wonderful memories of Paula in the Glee Club at Sequoia Jr. High, and of seeing her at our reunions. Treasure your memories of this beautiful mom, sister and friend to us all. God Bless,
Vicki Gauert Dooling, Henderson, Nv.
May 13, 2012
You were and always will be my dear friend. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. God Bless You Always - April And Edward Heinz
April Heinz
May 13, 2012
Paula will be missed.
Ron McKee
May 13, 2012
Paula was such a beautiful and talented woman. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Carolyn Waissman
May 13, 2012
Here's to making music, Paula.
Of all my classmates, I was looking forward to seeing Paula the most. She was beautiful, gracious, and friendly, and I always enjoyed our conversations. In our last email exchange she told me that she was always called "P.K." too. I will miss her deeply.
P.K. Hallinan
May 13, 2012
So very sad at the passing of a former classmate. Her charismatic smile touched everyone and she was always so dignified.
You will be sorely missed. My sympathy to her family as well.....Natalie Aronson Barton Grants Pass, Or
May 13, 2012
I am saddened by the sudden passing of a fellow classmate, I will remember her as the young girl that always had a big beautiful smile for everyone. My deep sympathy to Paula's family in the loss of this beautiful person. Just remember her smile, and you will be filled with the joy of knowing her.
Sandy Treise-Natali
May 13, 2012
A beautiful person with a sparkle in her eyes,a smile that would light up a room and the personality to match.
John Miehle
May 13, 2012
So very sorry the loss of Paula. I know she was looking forward to the Taft 50th reunion, as was I looking forward to her being there. Anne (Nanette Bamberg) Miller Taft classmate.
Anne Miller
May 13, 2012
My sympathy to Paula's family in the loss of a lovely, talented and gracious woman. Her passing is a loss to us all.
-Sherry Smith Grigsby (classmate)
May 13, 2012
So sorry for your loss. I know she will be missed by her Taft classmates and her many other friends.
Heather Reid
May 13, 2012
So very sorry for the early passing of such a sweet person. She always carried herself with dignity and style. She will be missed dearly.
Jill Blaylock (Blackwell)
May 13, 2012

I will miss you everyday until we meet again in Heaven. You are now singing your beautiful songs for the Heavenly Kingdom along with your Mom, Dad and Martha. You showed great strength, love, compassion, wicked sense of humor and beauty to everyone you met. Save me a seat next our Lord and Savior. Janie
jane hill
May 13, 2012
Wonderful memories - they will be cherished.
Her music will live on!
Paul Mosher
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