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Services to honor, remember and celebrate the life of Paula Diane Frederick will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 in the worship center at the First Baptist Church of Claremore where she was a long time faithful member. She will be laid to rest at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens.
Rice Funeral Service has been entrusted with Paula's care and friends may visit the funeral home Friday from 4-7 with the Frederick Family there to receive visitors from 5-6 p.m.
Paula passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 with her loving family by her side. She was 48.
Born in Okmulgee, Okla. on Jan. 16, 1968, the third of four children to Isom O. and Margaret L. (Butts) Frederick, Paula spent her early childhood in that area. At the age of five the family moved to Morris where Paula began her elementary school years. In 1976 they settled in Claremore and Paula attended Claremont Elementary and continued in the Claremore Schools, finding many successes in her classroom. She graduated from Claremore High School with the class of 1987.
If there was one word to best describe Paula Frederick it must be fearless. Because of her God given courage, she accomplished much in her short life. Having begun her personal walk with the Lord at the early age of nine, she seemed to have a clear desire to find ways to serve others. She studied sign language with Lottie Bisco and she used that gift as a part of Lottie's silent choir, performing in several area churches including her own. She felt a calling to work in the church children's ministry.
Just weeks after sharing that heart's desire with her mother, Richard Tanner, the then children's minister, invited her to fill that exact need. She worked in all areas with those children for fourteen years. She went to Nicaragua on a ten day mission trip and worked with the children of that country while there. She volunteered at the hospital for several years.
Paula gave so much to so many because she knew no limits and her parents and her siblings put no limits on her either.
She learned to drive. She served many through her church. She was an honor roll student in her classroom. She was her mother's best helper around the house. And she was her daddy's girl.
When there was just time for fun, she loved adding to and admiring all things "Star Trek". Her mother gladly accompanied her to many Star Trek conventions where she got to personally meet the main characters and collect treasured autographed pictures. About the only thing Paula wasn't allowed to accomplish that she desired was bungie jumping and sky diving. But she never gave up hoping her mom would one day not be looking so she could give both adventures a try.
This special lady who gave so much to so many has enriched the lives of multitudes. She was a special joy and inspiration to all who knew her but none more than her beloved family. Those who survive are parents Isom and Margaret Frederick; two sisters, Anita and Lenny Windle of Oologah and Karen and Kris Erickson of Ocala, Fla.; brother, Stephen and Jamie Frederick of Claremore; four nieces, four nephews, 2 great nephews and 1 great niece.
Published on September 21, 2016
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