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Paula DeGrasse

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Paula DeGrasse Obituary
November 6, 1923 - May 1, 2017
Paula DeGrasse, last surviving of four children of William F. and Emma Dison Burns, was born on November 6, 1923 in Memphis, Tennessee. She passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017 at the Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville, Texas.

Paula was a US Army World War II veteran who was among the first US personnel to enter Berlin, Germany in July 1945, helping set up the military government there. Paula worked as a cadre assigning billets to newly arrived personnel. She had many interesting stories to share about life in postwar Germany. While in Germany, she met her husband, Bill DeGrasse, whom she married in June 1946. After she completed her enlistment with the rank of Staff Sergeant, they moved to Memphis, Tennessee where their first two children were born, Frank in 1947 and Patricia in 1949.

In 1957, Paula moved to Newport, Arkansas where their third child Alice was born that year. She stayed in Newport until her two older children graduated from high school and then moved to Little Rock in 1967 where she worked for Koehler Bakeries and volunteered with the Pulaski County Humane Society.

In 1985, she moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where her daughter Patricia lives. There, Paula managed the concession on deep-sea fishing boats operated by Captain Dick's Marina. This experience led her to request that some of her ashes be scattered off the coast of Myrtle Beach. While in Myrtle Beach, she belonged to Trinity Presbyterian Church. In 1992, she moved temporarily to Yokosuka, Japan, where she spent nine months with her son Frank. She enjoyed traveling around Japan and visiting Korea.

In 2009, Paula relocated to San Antonio where she made many new friends, especially those at Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church and those who were friends of her son Frank and his wife Pat. She enjoyed attending concerts, the opera and ballet. She became a fanatic Spurs fan, watching and occasionally attending games. In October 2016, she went to Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight Austin for women veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars; she looked forward to the trip for months and loved the experience, which she shared with her daughter Patricia, a Vietnam-era vet.

Paula was predeceased by her husband Bill, parents William F. and Emma Burns, brothers Bill and Mike Burns, and sister Frances Miller. She is survived by her son Frank DeGrasse (Patricia Schofield) and their sons Daniel DeGrasse (Moe Wakamiya) and Travis DeGrasse (Katherine); her daughter Patricia King and her daughter Kimberly Broome (Chris); her daughter Alice Watts (Carroll) and son Jeffery Watts (Jackie) and daughter Elizabeth Watts. Paula is also survived by seven great grandchildren: Emily and Madison Broome and Clara, Christian, Jordan, Lanen, and Amelia Watts, and by four nephews, Bill "Junior" and Johnny Miller, and Robert and Michael Burns.

The family wishes to thank dear friend and caregiver Love Duka and the staff of the Texas State Veterans Home for the care they provided to Paula. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church with interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alamo Heights or Trinity Presbyterian Church, Texas Public Radio, or Pulaski County Humane Society.
Published in Express-News on May 23, 2017
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