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Paula Pennington, 76, Orange

Paula Pennington, 76, of Orange, Texas, passed away on July 5, 2023, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. A memorial service in honor of Paula Pennington will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2023, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Orange, Texas. Born in El Reno, Oklahoma, on December 18, 1946, she was the daughter of Jim and GK Sampson. Paula had a very kind and caring soul. She was a teacher at West Orange-Stark Middle School and loved all of her students like her own. Paula would often have her grandchildren over and enjoyed having everyone together. In her free time, she and her friends would go on cruises and enjoy each other’s company. One of Paula’s favorite things was Dove chocolate and she aways made sure to have some with her. Paula was a wonderful and loving woman and will be deeply missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and GK Sampson; sisters, Pam “Sampson” Steele and Barbara Sampson. She is survived by her son, Drew Pennington and wife, Ashley; daughter, Letha Matthews; grandchildren, Aiyla Matthews, Korbin Pennington, Kendyl Pennington, Ethan Cart, Baylor Pennington, Brielle Barnes, and Ryker Bearden; sisters, Jan Leigh and husband, Scotty, and Lynn Smith and husband, Creighton; as well as other loving family and friends. Cremation will be held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.


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