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Paula Ann Sutherland

Paula-Sutherland-1Paula Ann Sutherland, age 74, of Mena, formerly of Dallas, Texas, died Monday, September 14, 2015 at the Mena Manor.  She was born on Friday, August 31, 1941 to Dulan Jackson and Iva Mildred Brown Andress in Abilene, Texas.

In 1959, Paula graduated from Hamlin High School and married Billy Bush Sutherland on January 18, 1959.  She worked many years in the oil industry as office manager with Hunt Oil Company in Dallas, Texas.  After her retirement, she moved to Mena and became a Foster Grandparent at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church in the nursery.  She loved children because they brought to her great joy. Paula was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bill Sutherland.

Paula is survived by her son and his partner, Sean Sutherland and Pam D’azzo of Carrollton, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Michael Murr of Mena; brother and sister-in-law, Toby and Kathy McLaughlin of New Waverly, Texas; four grandchildren, William Sutherland and Sophia Sutherland both of Lewisville, Texas and Jonathan and Rachal Murr of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 18, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Grace Bible Church in Mena with Dr. Lamar Austin officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.  Interment will be Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at Restland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas with Dr. Walter Fletcher officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Oaks, Mena Manor, and Ouachita Hospice for the kindness and support during the family’s time of need.

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