Paula Thompson Standifird

Paula Thompson Standifird, beloved and admired mother of 6 and grandmother of 12, passed away of natural causes in her sleep on Tuesday, November 7 at her home in Payson, Utah. Paula was 63.

Paula was born to Paul and Marilyn Thompson on September 30, 1954 in Pocatello, Idaho. She and her seven siblings were raised by Paula’s second mother, Marba, after Marilyn unexpectedly passed away.

Paula was a born performer, talented singer and musician, and loving presence in her family’s life growing up, constantly organizing musical activities and parties among her siblings and other children in the neighborhood. It was a role she would continue to play throughout her life, inspiring her own children and grandchildren with her love of music and contributing her beautiful alto voice to numerous choirs and performing groups.

Paula attended Brigham Young University from 1972 to 1974, studying English. During this time, she was married to Scott Clemens, father of Chris and Josh.

Shortly later, Paula graduated from the nursing program at Utah Valley Technical College (now Utah Valley University), beginning a challenging and fulfilling 26-year career as a registered nurse in the recovery room and same-day surgery at Mountain View Hospital in Payson.

While still living in Provo, Paula was married to Bruce Freeman, father of Meghan and Zac. In 1985, the family moved to Payson, where she became a vital presence in her neighborhood and in her local LDS ward and stake, developing cherished friendships that would last throughout her life.

Later during her time in Payson, Paula was married to Stephen “Skip” Standifird, father of Taylor and Alex.

Despite severe challenges including Alex’s death when he was three months old and persistent medical problems that limited her mobility and activity over the last 8 years of her life, Paula never lost her ability to find joy in the presence of her family, kids and grandkids. Her grandkids were the light of her life as her health deteriorated, and her visits with them were what kept her smiling until she could see them again.

Paula thoroughly enjoyed shopping for her family and close friends to surprise them year-round – and for her, planning to make Christmas special each year started on December 26! She shared her passion for the theater with her kids, maintaining season tickets to the Capitol Theater and, later, to the Hale Center Theater. Seeing her son Zac perform in multiple productions at the Hale was one of the sustaining joys of her life. She was a wholeheartedly devoted mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, and maintained unswerving faith in the LDS Church.

Paula is survived by her children: Taylor Standifird (Courtney), Zac Freeman (Jasmine), Meghan Ung (Sam), Josh Clemens (Sandi) and Chris Clemens; her 6 siblings: Stephanie Ransom (Dennis), Annie Kosten, Leslie Jenkins (Larry), Leanne Worwood (Danny), Stephen Thompson (Janette), Alan Thompson (Sarah); and Paula’s second mother, Marba Thompson.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Erik, Garrett and Emery Clemens; Kaitlin, Makenna, Tyler and Stockton Ung; Aidan, Xander and Lennox Freeman; and Alexander Standifird.

She was preceded in death by her son, Alex Standifird; her granddaughter, Sophie; her father, Paul Thompson; her mother, Marilyn; and her brother, Bradley Thompson.

Paula’s viewing will be held at Walker Funeral Home at 587 South 100 West in Payson from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, November 13, 2017. Her memorial service will be held at the LDS church building at 789 Arrowhead Trail in Payson on Tuesday, November 14, from 11:00 am to noon. A second viewing will be held prior to the memorial service, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, also Tuesday, November 14, at 789 Arrowhead Trail in Payson.

Paula will be laid to rest in Payson Cemetery near her beloved little boy, Alex.

Oh, and before you go…can we get a picture?

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  1. Valerie John

    To Paula’s family: Paula and I became friends through a mutual friend in high school and stayed in touch over the years–especially the last 10. (She actually also delivered prescriptions to my grandma when Mr. Thmopson owned Paul’s Pharmacy in Pocatello). Paula was always kind,compassionate, and generous. I don’t think she realized how much she brought to others’ lives. That mutual friend and I were planning a visit to see Paula and we were working out the time line when we learned of Paula’s death. Paula’s last communication to me was in August after my husband died unexpectedly and she sent condolences–including texting me a photo of white roses from her garden, which she said reminded her of heaven. She reached out in the way she was able, given all her limitations lately. . I will miss her very much. I am so very sorry for your(and indeed, ALL of our) loss. I am sorry that I will be unable to attend her memorial service. I pray the Lord comforts your hearts and covers you with his grace and love. With deepest sympathy, Valerie John.

  2. Shirley Thompson

    I’m so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. I only learned of it this afternoon. She was my husband Ted’s cousin. He had very fond feelings for her and her siblings. She was close to his age and I’m sure they’re getting reacquainted in Heaven. She was a sweet person with many talents that she shared including an infectious happy spirit. God bless you all. My love to Marba, one of the kindest women I’ve known.

  3. MarLeah Holdaway

    I worked with Paula for seven years at Mtn View Hospital in the recovery room and our friendship has lasted since then. I loved talking to Paula and my regret is that we never quite got that last phone call in. I can testify to all her children and grandchildren how deeply she loved all of you. When I met Paula, Chris and Josh were just little boys and I was privileged to be along for the ride as the other four children arrived and she struggled and worked hard to raise and take care of everyone. Her family always came first in her life. Live so she will be proud of you. With love, MarLeah Holdaway

  4. Tim Dalton Morganson

    I met Paula while working at Mountain View Hospital; always a cheerful presence. I left the hospital in the early nineties. No matter the time that past, Paula always greeted me like a great friend. On occasion, Paula hinted at dealing with medical issues but I was never witness to an absence of Joy, even though I could tell she was not feeling well at all.

    The Spirit World is lucky to have her. I have no doubt, however, that Paula will insist keeping a strong presence among her family and friends she leaves for a “season.”

  5. Cheryl Lee

    I will truly miss my. Choralais friend.Paula, you truly filled the room with light, along with an array of pillows, with cheerful heart you came each week. Wit Jim
    h earthly angels and heavenly angels, we together, will sing a clear Low Second part. Go with an angel’s errand, and fill the heavens with your music!

  6. Adele Pagnani

    I met Paula when I was doing my rotations at Mt View Hospital for my EMT-I. I spent a couple of days working in recovery. She was such a good teacher and kind, fun person that we became fast friends. Although we didn’t see each other often we always stopped to visit when we did. The world lost an amazing lady.

  7. To Paula’s dear family: I am Paula’s first cousin. Her dad and my mother were brother and sister and best friends as well as were all the Thompson siblings. I grew up in California so I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with Paula who is 7 years younger than I am but I always enjoyed seeing her when our families would get together at reunions and thought she was such a pretty and happy girl. She was always so sweet and always had a beautiful smile for everyone. I know this past 8 years she has suffered living with a lot of pain and know that now, she is without pain and being reunited with family members in a joyful reunion. Bless you all to remember her well. Becky Winkel Peterson

  8. Paula was always a bright light in our family. Many childhood memories were made at her house or with her kids. She was an amazing friend to my mom. I’ll always cherish the times spent going to dinner and a play with my mom and Paula. When I had my surgery 6 weeks after having my oldest son, Paula stayed by my side through the whole thing. Not only did she make me feel comfortable and safe, she also took great care of me. I will always remember her happy smile and hugs. You never got to leave without a picture and a hug. My heart is broken for all her knew her, but happy that she no longer has to endure that horrible pain, and is reunited with her baby boy!

  9. Beccca Clark

    To Paula’s family: I always thought Paula was such a wonderful lady. I woke up from a surgery to her sweet voice saying, “It’s time to wake up no Becca”. Even though I was in a lot of pain it was so nice to here the voice of someone I knew.

  10. Jason Taylot

    Paula was my Foster sister through the LDS Placement Program. Although she was already out of Mom and Dad’s home when I came to live with the Thompson Family in Richfield, Utah. I was made to feel a part of the family by all my siblings! I was always impressed by Paula’s ability to handle the many challenges life threw her way! Needless to say, there weremany. She will be greatly missed. Thank You for your example to me!

  11. We were so sad to hear of Paula’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. I know Paula has struggled with her health and I know she is now at peace. Paula’s smile and optimism were her trademark.
    She was so thoughtful. We had seen Paula a few years back at a family reunion and she was so kind to send a picture of my family from the reunion. I had to smile when I read, “Oh, and before you go…can we get a picture?” I’m sure you must have many wonderful pictures that you will cherish of times spent with family. Ron and Nannette Johnson Reber

  12. Ron & Nyla Richins

    Paula was our classmate growing up in Pocatello. She lovingly and willingly shared her beautiful smile with everyone. We pray your family will find comfort and peace as you remember her lovely smile and her kind example.

  13. Kelly K ONeil

    I am sorry for your family’s loss. Paula was a wonderful person with a beautiful smile, kind words, and tremendous character. I knew her in high school. She was my first date. I pray your family will be at peace and continue to feel her love for you.