Paula Marrs Gilleland passed away at her home on Dec. 26, 2016.

Towards the end of her life, Paula made the decision to donate her body to science to continue the research for a cure for pancreatic cancer. We are honoring her wishes instead of conducting a traditional end of life proceeding. 

We would like the community to know that we are greatly appreciative of the support shown to Paula and her family during and after her illness. We welcome your pictures and stories on her Facebook page and feel free to call and share stories with the family. 

In lieu of flowers or food, we respectfully request that contributions be made to Somervell County Cancer Support Group or to Community Hospice of Cleburne in her name.  

Paula fought a courageous battle against cancer and we believe every family in our community is somehow affected by this terrible disease. We received great support and comfort through these two organizations and know that contributions made will go directly to help other families. 

Paula was born in Granbury. She graduated from Glen Rose High school in 1972.  She married Mike Gilleland on Feb. 3, 1973.  She has two daughters and two granddaughters. 

Paula was a positive force in her daughters' and granddaughters' lives, she met life head on and did not shy away from difficult tasks or challenges.  

She strived every day to be strong and brave. She had an entrepreneurial spirit.  She established a craft business, worked as a real estate agent, and later opened a sign business.  

Paula loved to travel. She visited many places including Italy which inspired her last heroic endeavor of renovating her kitchen, in the style of Southern Italy with blues and yellows, up until her last days.  She has left a beautiful legacy of bravery and optimism to comfort her family in her passing. 

Survivors: husband, Mike Gilleland; daughters, Raina Gilleland and Cara Kuhl; granddaughters, Samantha Montoya and Hazel Kuhl.