April 21, 1943 –
April 16, 2016
Paula passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on April 16, 2016 at Castleview Care Centre with her husband and two children by her side.
She was born in Sydney, NS to Harry and Florence Maxwell. When she was five, the family moved west to Nakusp, BC, where she grew up in the beautiful BC interior. An avid athlete and team player, Paula played basketball, volleyball, and many other sports. Paula was very involved in Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and was a member for more than fifty years.
She met Ron Belton in Nakusp when she was 21 years old and they were married in August of 1964. They lived in Prince Rupert for several years where Paula worked at a radio station, and they moved to Castlegar in 1970.
Paula held an administrative position at Selkirk College throughout the 70’s, and then started working at Kinnaird Elementary school in the early 1980’s as a library assistant. She worked for the school board in many capacities over the next twenty years, but her favourite job was working in the library at Stanley Humphries Secondary school, where the students loved her.
Being active in her community mattered greatly for Paula, and she worked as an enthusiastic volunteer throughout her life, while also raising two children. She belonged to numerous committees and boards over the years, always willing to offer her experience and energy to the people around her.
Paula loved travelling with her husband Ron, and she especially loved travel to warm places. She and Ron took yearly trips to Nevada, and they made several trips to the Cook Islands. After they retired, they spent many winters down in Yuma, Arizona.
Along with her husband Ron, Paula is survived by her daughter Kimberley, her son Brian (Amanda), her grandson Spencer, her twin brother Arthur (Lorna), her sister Lynne (Peter), and many beloved family members and friends. A service for Paula will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Castlegar Community Complex in the Selkirk Room at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada in Paula’s name.