WOODARD, Paula Paula Jean Woodard (PJ) passed away at the age of 69 on September 4, 2021. A dedicated mother and an extremely loving woman, PJ will be missed dearly by family and friends. PJ was born in Cherokee, Oklahoma on February 6, 1952 to parents Denny and Wilma Diel. Born with a heart of gold, PJ was a very special individual and an exceptionally hard worker. After growing up on a farm, PJ traded in country life for the big city by moving to Dallas for fashion college. Over the years, PJ had a very successful sales career in various industries. As for her personal life, PJ married Billy Woodard and they were blessed with their only son, Justin. From the minute Justin was born, PJ committed her life to being an amazing, caring, and loving mother. Through Justin's grade school and high school years, PJ never missed a baseball or football game. Even as Justin grew up, the two had an inseparable bond attending numerous Oklahoma Sooners football games and concerts together. PJ was a devoted daughter-in-law to Justin's grandparents Mary and Jerry Steely and was loved by everyone in the family from the minute they met her. From vacations to holidays, they shared laughter and created memories of a lifetime. Always loud, funny, and in charge PJ was the highlight of the party. Very strong in her faith, PJ was a tough woman who was determined to live a life centered around God. PJ leaves behind her son Justin and is preceded in death by his late fianc?©e Allison. PJ is survived by a large extended family and a host of close friends. A catholic service will be held at St. Monica Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
in Memphis, Tenn.
Published by Dallas Morning News on Sep. 14, 2021.