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Paula Boyer

Paula Ann Boyer (Duda)

Sunday, February 19th, 1956 - Monday, March 8th, 2021
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SARATOGA SPRINGS Paula Ann Boyer passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021 surrounded by her family. A beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, she joins in heaven her parents Mary Priscilla and Bernard Anthony Duda, her precious grandmother Hazel Gibbs Dingley (Mim), and her sweet and tenderly loved son, Joseph, who was sadly born sleeping.

Born February 19, 1956, in Cohoes, New York, Paula resided in Saratoga Springs, New York. She graduated from Cohoes High School and Hudson Valley Community College. Paula worked as a dental hygienist for more than 15 years before transitioning into the classroom, where she supported children with disabilities for 20 years in the Saratoga Springs City School District. She retired in 2020.

Paula lived a life in God's grace. The Sisters of Mercy at St. Agnes played a large role that shaped her from a young girl into a woman of deep faith. Paula dedicated herself to others, especially those in need, and she instilled this loving dedication to her daughters. Devout in her faith, Paula spent her life serving the Lord as a Eucharistic minister, lector, and religious education teacher. Being a member of the Catholic Daughters of America brought her friendships, community, and a devotion to our Blessed Lady. Paula also spent many years as a hospice volunteer, always receiving more from her service than she gave.

In 1981, Paula married her life's great love. George was the boy who lived down the street; who she longed to sit next to in the fifth grade. Filled with stolen kisses in the kitchen and hand holding in the car, Paula and George's love was their own fairytale. They loved to camp, canoe, and spend fall afternoons together at the beach of Moreau Lake State Park. They’d spend hours sitting in the sun enjoying each other's conversation and company. They loved Neil Young, Christmastime in Lake Placid, and homemade Valentine's Day Cards.

Paula will forever be remembered for her big heart and generosity. She often woke early to bake for a coworker’s birthday. She loved to garden in the morning, especially when it was sprinkling. When winter or bad weather was upon us, Paula and her cousin and friend Janice spent hours together quilting keepsakes for loved ones. Quilting was a passion and labor of her love. The very first quilt Paula made was for her sister, Pam, while the most recent was for her niece, MaryTherese.

She was a tremendous mother, always encouraging her girls to be their very best and was never bashful in expressing her love. She was at every race and soccer game with her cowbell in hand. She was warm, inviting, and always ready to listen - the coffee pot was always on. She loved giving, and enjoyed Christmas morning more than the kids. She sewed every Halloween costume and baked every birthday cake from scratch. If you asked for a dollar, she’d give you 20, often telling her daughters: “Sometimes it’s just nice to be nice to people.”

A loving wife and mother, Paula’s pride and joy was her family. In addition to her husband George, left mourning are Paula’s three daughters, Allison (Evan Zmarthie) of Syracuse, New York, Mary Katharine (Travis Zahradka) of Pownal, Maine , and soon to be Dr. Elizabeth (Evan Hogan) of Saratoga Springs New York. She relished her role as Mim, just as her own Mim did, to Evelynn and Jack, Georgia and Marin. Paula also leaves behind her sister Pam (Jack Roddy), who was the Martha to her Mary. They had a devotion to each other that was indescribable in magnitude. Paula had a large family, all of whom will greatly miss her, including her dedicated and adored brother Carl (Kathleen Duda), cousin Melissa Iveson, and sister-in-law Linda (Robert Hough), and many nieces and nephews. Paula’s family is extended beyond relatives and includes many friends who were near and dear to her, especially Nancy (John Mangona). Their friendship was based in honesty, belly laughs, and hours of antiquing. Not to be forgotten is Paula and George’s dog Jerry, who faithfully remained at her side every day.

Paula felt great gratitude to her team of doctors, nurses and staff at Dr. John Delmonte’s office, who gave her the most precious gift of time. Without them, Paula wouldn’t have had the past year, which she and her family cherished deeply. She fought until her very last breath to be with her family, exuding her faith, optimism, and bravery.

In lieu of flowers, Paula would be eternally grateful if a donation would be made instead, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the March of Dimes. A funeral mass will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at St. Peters Catholic Church, Saratoga Springs.

Paula, Paulie, Mom, Mim, you will be forever missed and always loved. We will be watching for cardinals.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, March 12th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    St. Peter's Church
    Address
    241 Broadway
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866
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    Officiant
    Rev. Thomas Chevalier

Affiliations

  • Catholic Daughters of America
  • Crucifix
  • Roman Catholic Church

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Kathy Sherman

Posted at 07:26pm
We have lived down the street from Paula and George for 20 years. Paula always had a smile on her face and would be happy to chat whenever we we saw her. Year after year for 10+ years, Paula would buy girl scout cookies from our daughter, whether she wanted them or not! Paula is a kind and generous person, and we will miss her. We express our condolences to the whole Boyer family.

Kathy and Rick Sherman
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Kathy Hogan

Posted at 12:09pm
I was substituting at Lake Ave Elementary School many years ago and went to the cafeteria to find one of my students when I was lucky enough to be helped by a warm hearted woman with a beautiful smile named Paula. We bonded immediately! After many years subbing at Lake Ave, I began at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School and who should I see smiling at me the first day there?? Paula!!
We continued a long friendship and began a "silver-haired support group" when the first signs of gray sprouted on our heads. We encouraged each other to "let it all out" and embrace our advancing years. Paula became more beautiful as her silver crown highlighted her smiling face. She was such an inspiration and a joy to be with, always seeing the positive in every child and every situation.
There is an empty space in school where she once walked the halls and brightened everyone's day. My heart is heavy with sadness at the loss of someone so giving and compassionate. She touched my life forever.
Fondly,
Kathy Hogan

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Maureen

Posted at 05:20pm
As neighbors for over 30 years, we are blessed to know Paula's love, friendship and pure kindness. The Boyers were like extended family to us and like a beacon of light that shined across the street with lots of activity, they made us feel connected and comforted.
Our friendship grew over the years, especially after their dog Murray passed away. To console their grief, I offered sharing our large black dog Siris. George quickly bonded with Siris and they became inseparable buddies. This was one of many times I saw Paula's selfless love, especially for George and the girls. Paula opened her house to Siris and would say as long as George is happy.
When Michael and I married 4 years ago, it was Paula who insisted our wedding gift needed to be blessed with the love of friendship and something homemade. We were speechless when Paula presented us with her beautiful signature quilt and George with his crafted garden leaf.
Paula, we will miss you forever, but your quilt has offered us so much comfort especially the last few weeks because it is a reminder of your kind and loving spirit and love for life.
Our prayers go out to George, Allison, Mary Kate, Elizabeth, and their beautiful families and Jerry. May shared memories and love help you through this time. God Bless Paula.
Love,
Maureen and Michael
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Jimmy Halloran

Posted at 10:07am
Dear George,Pam,Carl and kids. So sorry about Paula. She was such a wonderful and kind person. I had only ran into her a few times after high school, and she was still the kind sweet person like she had always been, even in grammar school. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jimmy Halloran
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MIchael Watkins

Posted at 08:00pm
We will always remember years on the soccer sidelines with Paula smiling and rooting on all the girls. I will particularly be grateful for her last minute volunteering to chaperone my girls soccer team to St Lawrence University for a week long soccer camp. Knowing she was there put my mind at ease that she could help soothe any homesickness and injuries. And she was there to offer her condolences when our son had a medical crisis. She will be missed but will never be forgotten. Our prayers go out to the family. Mike & Sarah Watkins
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