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Paula Kay Hand


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Paula Kay Hand Obituary
December 12, 1950 - June 15, 2017 Julia Child was a chef. Coco Chanel was a fashion designer. Betsy Ross was a seamstress. Paula Kay Hand was all of these and so much more. She was a creative force like no other. Ever since she was born on December 12, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, her loving parents, Martha (Schwartzstein) and Abe Finkle, and brother Robert, quickly noticed her amazing talents. By the time she was in high school at Birmingham, she was creating her own fashion masterpieces. A trip to France piqued her interest in cooking and Paula quickly developed into a five-star chef. Her versatility in the kitchen ranged from traditional Jewish fare to fine French cuisine and everything in between. Everyone will miss her amazing matzah balls and brisket that would just melt in your mouth. Continuing to pursue her interests in fashion and cooking, Paula majored in home economics at San Fernando Valley State College (CSUN). Just before graduating she was re-introduced to David Hand and the two quickly fell in love and got married within months on December 17, 1972. Their union sprouted into a loving family with the birth of their daughter Lisa in 1976 and their son Alan in 1979. Paula took her creative energy and dedicated it to raising her children. Her family was her life's passion. Paula's family continued to grow when Lisa married Richard Engel in 2005 and Alan married Jana Greene in 2007 and she subsequently became the most awesome Mimi to her four precious grandchildren Melissa, Evan, Matthew, and Bria. She would get so much joy and pleasure watching them play. They will always remember her tremendous love and the out-of-this world cakes she made for every one of their birthdays.   Everyone will remember Paula for being one of a kind. She was artistic and creative, smart and opinionated, thoughtful and loving, brave and strong, talented and driven, sarcastic and funny, silly and kind. She always had a smile on her face - even after she died. Her children's friends considered her a second mom. She demanded the best from everything and everyone, from herself, to those she loved, to the brands of products she would buy, and the stores she would buy them at. She appreciated the fine details in life and would not stop a project until it was absolutely perfect. She valued her friendships. She was incredibly private and never wanted to trouble anyone with troubles of her own. Even her closest friends and family didn't realize the full extent of her struggle. She was always honest and truthful and could be trusted with anything. She loved Elvis and Judy Garland, fine dining and wine, playing mah jong, knitting, making jewelry, sesame seed bagels, and cold pizza.   On Thursday, June 15, 2017, Paula died peacefully in her home in Tarzana surrounded by her family. She shielded most from her ten-yearlong battle. She was a fierce fighter and she never gave up. She will be missed by all. Memorial services in the honor of Paula Kay Hand will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Donations in her memory can be made to Tower Cancer Research Foundation.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 18, 2017
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