Rosalinda W. Paul

1928 - 2019

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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 Hal’s 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 O’Brien 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. Linda’s 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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To : Kurt Hal Scott and Eric and families
Date :Friday, May 17th 2019
From : Virginia Kessler Bromelow
So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. She was a wonderful lady and very kind a good to me. I am grateful to have had her and your dad in my life, as well as all of you too. My prayers are with all of you.

To : The Paul family
Date :Tuesday, May 14th 2019
From : Laurie Butler
I am one of her students and now the librarian at AHS. A sweet lady that I am glad I had the chance to meet. When I first started teaching, she would copy articles for our interests and put them in our mailboxes. Who knew she read about NASCAR. She came to a few shows I have been in at the Fort Findlay Playhouse and even recalled my first name the last time I saw her. I saw her many times while they lived at Primrose when my mom was there. Prayers to the family.

To : Paul family
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Elizabeth Goings
Mrs. Paul was one of my favorite teachers. I had the chance to work with her in the library as an assistant. I always enjoyed talking to her. My prayers are with you

To : Hal Kurt Eric Scott and families
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : John Vickie Gordon
We are so sorry to here of the loss of your dear mother. You may remember us as the lucky and grateful neighbors who were blessed to live next to your mom and dad for 10+ years (1993-2003). We will always have wonderful memories of the best neighbors we ever had . . . how kind and supportive and fun they were! Both of our kids (Kristen & Ian) loved them both also. One of Vickie's all-time highlights was a trip to southern France with Linda, Clotilde, et al. It was amazing! John served on the Museum board with Linda. We moved to Arizona in 2007, but kept up with them via Christmas cards until 2-3 years ago. However, we didn't learn of your dad's death until January. Since then we made several attempts to reach your mom and each of you but could never find a phone number that was still in service. We will long regret not connecting with your mom in time. Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you! Love, John & Vickie Gordon

To : The Paul Family
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Brigette Spoon
I was one of Mrs. Paul's students at Arlington High School. I have fond memories of her reigning over her library, offering help whenever she could. She was the best dressed teacher at AHS.

To : To Paul Family
Date :Thursday, May 16th 2019
From : Cheryl Beatty
I house cleaned for Linda and Half. I loved all of her beautiful things from all of her trips. She wasso kind to me. Hal would take the kids to horse stalls in the summer. She would make pallichincos. She would make me stop and eat with her. She was an amazing women. So glad I had here in my life.

To : The Paul Family
Date :Sunday, July 21st 2019
From : Aileen Westerkamp
Aunt Linda was a class act. I didnt get to spend as much time with my cousins as I would have liked to growing up, but my memories of being with the Paul family always include Aunt Linda's talents. I remember the delicious crepes she made me for breakfast when I stayed in Findlay. I remember how impeccably dressed she was, her colorful conversations and stories, her beautiful smile, her long detailed Christmas letters (which I looked forward to receiving each year). Aunt Linda was a fine lady who will be missed by many people. My deepest condolences for your loss.

To : The Paul Family
Date :Monday, August 19th 2019
From : Marsha Whitfill
My parents grew up in Findlay and your mother corresponded with my mother several times in order to gather information about my mother's home (The Thompson house on S. Main). About 10 years ago, when my husband and I were visiting the (then) residents of the Thompson house, they called up your mother who, on no notice, came over to meet us. Her appearance alone was impressive - wearing black leather pants and with perfect make-up and hair. . . talk about "dressed to the nines"! She then insisted on showing us the courthouse interior and the historical museum. Her love of all things Finday, the history and the people, has always stayed with me and her generosity to take us in hand will long be remembered.