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Paula Marie LeRoy

Mar 26, 1945 - Nov 26, 2018

Paula Marie LeRoy, 73, entered fully into the presence of her Lord and Savior on November 26, 2018 surrounded by her family and close friends. Paula was admired for her compassion, thoughtfulness and kindness to all. Her zest for life and celebrating everything worth celebrating formed lasting family traditions that will continue for generations.

Paula was born on March 26, 1945 to Dan and June (Feulner) Mudge in Chicago, Illinois while her father was stationed at the US Air Force Base in Foggia, Italy. Paula graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she was a proud AOII sorority sister. Not long after graduation, she married the love of her life, Bill LeRoy. Together, they moved from Chicago to San Francisco while Bill served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Their mutual love of California made that move permanent, ultimately settling in the town of Tiburon in 1979. Paula was a school teacher for many years and later became an entrepreneur, founding Pension Benefit Information, a pension services company, with her husband Bill in 1982.

Paula lived a truly joy-filled life. She approached all that life had to offer with enthusiasm, creativity, and passion. She loved to travel and especially enjoyed sailing adventures with family and friends. At Hillside Church, where she was a member for nearly 40 years, she was an active congregant and participated in "The Biblettes" for many years. Paula devoted much of her time, talent and treasure to causes that touched her heart. Whether it was the Arthritis Foundation, Mill Street Center, Christian Ministries, or the countless other philanthropies she was involved with throughout her life, she continually put her faith into action.

As a St. Francis Yacht Club member-spouse, Paula tirelessly dedicated her time and talents to raise money to support youth sailing. She was a founding Director of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation whose mission is to provide financial assistance to programs that introduce sailing to students, under-served youth, and individuals who face physical challenges. She was also the second woman to be awarded the St Francis Yacht Club "Yachtswoman of the Year" trophy in 1993 for her contributions to the sport of yachting.

Paula was an enthusiastic sports fan who loved her Giants and 49ers and was often seen listening with one earbud to their games, even at black-tie events. She and her family were known to play a fearless domino game and her later love for Mah Jongg was infectious. She patiently taught the game to all that were willing to learn - even to her youngest grandchildren. Paula was a wonderful story-teller and excelled at the fine art of telling a good joke.

Paula created a memorable imprint on the lives of many and her family extended far beyond traditional blood lines. Known fondly as "Haha" by her grandchildren, Paula created a legacy of selflessness, dedication, and a "you can do it" attitude that will far surpass the time she had on Earth. She is survived by her loving husband, Bill LeRoy, after a remarkable 52 years of marriage. She leaves behind her three children: Katy (Dan) Baroni of San Francisco, Aimee (Chris) Norwine of Belvedere, and son Mike (Katie) LeRoy of Sebastopol. The Grandmother extraordinaire leaves behind 6 adoring grandchildren include Mia, Piper, Charlotte (Charley), Cara, Holden and Dela. Paula is also survived by her brother Dan (Janet) Mudge and sister Sue (Ross) McDonald. She was greeted at the gates of heaven by her parents Dan and June Mudge.

Our family would like to thank Cardiologist Dr. David Liang of Stanford Medicine for his compassion and care for our dear Mom. He went above and beyond the call of duty and his daily messages of support over the past year were truly sent by God. In support of Dr. Liang and his amazing team, please consider donating to the Marfan Foundation http://www.marfan.org, which is near and dear to his heart.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 9, 2018
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