Obituary for Donna Louise Paull


Donna Louise Paull

May 27, 1944 - December 28, 2019

Donna Louise Paull of Bloomington, IN passed away Saturday night December 28, 2019, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her father Herbert Rankin and mother Sarah Swain Rankin, husband Jerry Paull, and daughter Katherine Paull.

Donna came to Bloomington, IN from Hendersonville, TN to be closer to family. She was 75 years old. She graduated from Port Washington, Ohio High School 1962 and then from Malone College in Canton, OH in 1966 and this is where she met her husband of 50 years. Donna briefly lived in Bardstown, KY and Oregon, IL and spent the majority of her life in Northern Ohio. She taught school in Dixon, IL; Bedford, OH; and in the Firelands School District close to Oberlin, OH for over 27 years.

Donna enjoyed baking, hand sewing, knitting, reading, making greeting cards, cooking and corresponding with her many friends.

She was a loving sister, mother, grandmother and dear friend, and is survived by her sister Irene Nichols, son Eric Paull (wife Cindy), son-in-law Kevin McDonald, and three wonderful grandchildren; Alex McDonald-Paull, Madie Paull and Evren Paull. Donna was a kind and wonderful friend to everyone that knew her and a positive example for thousands of children that she taught during her long and successful career as an elementary school teacher. She was a well loved, and active member of several United Methodist churches and the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 25 years.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled at the United Methodist Church in Amherst, Ohio at 3pm on Sunday January 26th. In Lieu of flowers, Donna requested that donations be made to the Firelands Schools’ Endowment Fund.

Lauren Wheeler Jackson posted on February 16, 2020

I just heard about the passing of Mrs. Paull. I'm so very sorry. My two brothers and I all had her for first grade - after my older brother had her my mom requested her for me and my younger brother as she was such an amazing teacher :) My mom passed away from cancer almost 5 years ago and shortly after my older brother from a car accident. Mrs. Paull reached out to send her condolences and I was so touched to read a message from her during such a difficult time. I shared a picture with her of my family visiting her on her retirement day. She was an amazing person. Thoughts and prayers during such a difficult time 💔

Stephanie posted on January 10, 2020

I had Mrs. Paull in the first grade. She left a lasting impression on my life. My thoughts and prayers for all those who knew and loved her.

Lindsey Schmitz (Lelak) posted on January 9, 2020

I am so very sorry for this loss. Mrs. Paull was my first-grade teacher and I loved her so very much. I couldn't wait to get a Panda stamp or sticker on my papers. I've never forgotten her, and I've even shown a few to my kids as they are in Kindergarten and Second Grade now. She impacted so many lives!

Marilyn A Parker posted on January 9, 2020

So very sorry to hear this. She will be missed. Our prayers are with you all! love, Butch and Marilyn Parker

Karen Fisher posted on January 9, 2020

In memory of , Karen Fisher lit a candle

Karen Fishee posted on January 9, 2020

So sorry to hear about Donna's passing. She was a very sweet lady who impacted many young lives. RIP.

Ryan posted on January 9, 2020

I had the pleasure of having Mrs. Paull for 1st grade at Birmingham OH, part of the Firelands School District. Prayers and respect to the family and Mrs. Paull.

Carrie Northeim posted on January 8, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She was my sons 1sr grade teacher at Firelands elementary. I still make to this day her sour cream cornbread recipe❤ My condolences to her family. She was a wonderful, wonderful woman.

Pamela Goswick posted on January 8, 2020

Donna taught first grade in Firelands where I worked with her. She was the most generous and kind human being you could ever meet. On top of that, she was a phenomenal teacher. Deepest sympathy to her son and family.

Debbie Almon posted on January 8, 2020

What a wonderful woman and friend. My life has been enriched with you in it. I will miss you always, Donna. Love you.

Steve and Tina Ehrman posted on January 7, 2020

We are saddened to hear of Donna's passing. She was a gentle soul with a kind word for everyone, and such a good friend to my mom and dad. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Phillip E Bentz & Barbara A. Bentz posted on January 5, 2020

Dear Family of Donna Paull, We remember both Donna and Jerry with love. Their service as long-term pastor and pastor's wife at Park Avenue UMC was a hard act to follow, and they were sorely missed when they were transferred to another church. Donna was always involved in every aspect of our church and supported our activities with her time and presence. We regret that we will be unable to attend the Celebration of Life in her memory and honor as we will be out of state. We were blessed to have known Donna. Phil and Barb Bentz Former choir member and choir director at PAUMC

Cindy Paull posted on January 5, 2020

I love and miss you Nana!!!

J. D. Pursel posted on January 4, 2020

Donna was a wonderful friend for many years, especially to my wife, Doris, until her passing in Dec.,2015. We have kept in touch since and her friendship was greatly appreciated. My deepest condolences to Eric and his family as they go through this difficult time.

Lisa Danelishen posted on January 4, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. Donna had an amazing heart. I met her in P.E.O. She gave me support in a difficult time of my life. We created beautiful cards together and grabbed lunch several times. She was kind, caring and supportive. May her soul be at peace as she joins our Lord.


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