ELEANOR JOYCE PAUL, 72, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Oak Bend Skilled Nursing Center in Richmond, TX. Eleanor was born to Sidney and Victoria (Cole) Paul on January 10, 1941 in Dayton, Texas. Her brothers, Lawrence, David, and Edward preceded her in death, as did her sisters, Starlene and Yvonne. She is survived by three sisters, Sydnetta Ross of Los Angeles, Jo Ann Paul of Dayton, and Diane Paul–Louviere of Sugar Land. She is also survived by her niece, Georgetta Solomon of Los Angeles, her nephews, Brent Paul of Los Angeles, Sidney Ugoriji of Denver, Kenneth Ross of Los Angeles, and Stephen Scott of Honolulu. She is also survived by one great-niece and five great-nephews.
Eleanor attended Colbert School in Dayton, where she enjoyed participating in basketball and track. She was a member of the first band established at Colbert. Eleanor also excelled academically , as a member of the Class of 1959. After graduating from Colbert H.S., Eleanor completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Prairie View A. & M. She was an excellent, dedicated teacher for 43 years, having taught in Aldine ISD, LaMarque ISD, Los Angeles Unified, and Houston ISD, in that order. She enjoyed her teaching career, stating a few years ago that she knew from an early age that she wanted to teach elementary students.
Eleanor enjoyed traveling, even when it meant taking a solo road trip to Los Angeles, stopping for just a couple of hours of sleep during the 28-hour odyssey. She also enjoyed visiting the northeastern U.S., especially New England.
Family and friends will meet to share memories and celebrate her life from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013, at the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland Street, Dayton, TX. 77535.
Eleanor left instructions that no funeral service be held and that her burial be a private ceremony. She was interred on January 28, 2013 at Forest Park Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to donate to the organization or charity of their choice in Eleanor’s memory.