Rosalinda W. Paul
1928 - 2019
On May 7, 2019 one of the great moms, Rosalinda W. (Linda) Robison-Paul, passed away peacefully. Linda leaves behind a family of four boys, Hal (Indianapolis), Kurt (Findlay), Eric (Carrboro, N.C.), and Scott (Key West). She was preceded in death by her loving husband Hal this past November, and her wonderful daughter Valerie. She also leaves behind a host of friends and strong acquaintances too long to list. Her students from Arlington High School number in the hundreds alone. Although Linda lived in many locations with her father and siblings (twin sister Clotilde, brother Arch), she spent the majority of her life in her beloved Findlay, Ohio. Having gone to Lincoln Elementary as a small child, it was Hals coaching (and our good fortune) that brought Linda back to Findlay in 1960. After graduating from Upper Arlington High School (Ohio), Linda ended up in what would become her second favorite city, Oxford, Ohio as an undergraduate at Miami University. There she met future husband Hal. While at Miami, she and Clotilde were "the Twins". The two were "connected at the hip" becoming Tri Delts, marrying football players, and each eventually having five children. Linda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami with a bright future ahead of her. Linda went on to pick up her well-known knack for "dressing to the nines" as a model (along with Clotilde) for the Shillito's Company in Cincinnati. After marrying Hal in 1952, she set off on raising a family and moving with his coaching career. By 1960, with son Scott on the way, they settled in the town where she would remain until her last two years of life. Once in Findlay, Linda became involved in all she could. From Welcome Wagon to Panhellenic, she always adored meeting new people and listening to their stories. Linda started "Creations by Linda" in her home while raising the children and holding down her school librarian career at Arlington High School outside of Findlay. In 1976 the Pauls moved up Locust Street to Linda's favorite home in all of Findlay, the OBrien house on the corner of Locust and Main. Linda became a staple of the downtown with her decorations in the windows of the First State Bank and her Christmas decorations in most of the main bank branches in town. She started the Main Street Tea and poured herself into events like the Victorian Dinners and the Homes Tours. Her passions included a love for the Hancock Historical Museum of which the archives were named in her honor in 2011. After years of driving the family "nuts" with her index cards and photos laid out around the kitchen and back room filing cabinets, she met two wonderful ladies, Pat Bauman and Renee Smith, who helped her create four historic books on the homes, businesses, and most importantly, the families of Findlay. Proceeds from the books benefit the Historical Museum. Lindas other passion was travel. She was forever excited about taking the kids (in a station wagon and small trailer) to museums and locations of interest all across America. She had a knack of connecting with friends and family on every journey allowing her to stay in touch with friends and to minimize the cost (a Linda trait!). She and her sister spent much of their later lives traveling to fascinating cities around the world either together or with the families. This thirst for adventure and knowledge was complimented by her unquenchable urge to read, always using every spare moment to read from a pile of magazines and books that she carried with her in one of her trademark bags. Linda passed away near her son Eric in Carrboro, North Carolina at the age of 91. Up to the end, Mom was upbeat and cheerful with an instant smile as soon as she met anyone. She was always more interested in your stories and what you were up to. Inquisitive always. A truly classy lady and a wonderful mother. You will be missed until we see you again. Memorials can be given as donations to her beloved Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay. The address is 422 W. Sandusky St. in Findlay, Ohio 45840. A possible Celebration of Life for both Linda and Hal is being considered for early August.
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A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.