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Paula Ahalt Skulina

May 26, 1969 - February 26, 2022

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Paula Ahalt Skulina, 52, courageously kept cancer at bay for 5 years before succumbing to the terrible disease at her home surrounded by family and friends on February 26, 2022.

Paula was originally from Afton, Virginia before moving to Lynchburg after graduation from Virginal Tech to teach at Monelison Middle School.  She taught for 24 years where she touched so many lives and made lifelong friends.

Paula described herself as a homebody who loved to be active.  She loved to blog, decorate, craft, cook, garden, and read.  Her very favorite thing to do was to sweat, and when not DIYing, she was likely to be at the gym.  Paula was also an avid tennis player, cyclist, runner, and animal lover.  She loved her sweet dog, Sherman.

Paula is survived by her husband, David; mother, Georgia Ahalt; Sister-in-Law, Susan Button; and her dear niece, Reese. She was preceded in death by her father Paul Fredrick Ahalt, and her brother, Frederick.

We want to thank all her friends and family for all the help and support through the years.  Special thanks to the Tupperware ladies and to her cousin Amanda who provided an incredible amount of support to Paula during tough times while battling cancer.

A celebration of Paula’s beautiful life will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, March 2, at Madison Heights Baptist Church, 329 Main Street.  The service will be officiated by Pastor Derik Hamby.  Following the service, family and friends are invited to a visitation in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, we suggest that donations be made to Campbell County Humane Society, LUNGevity Foundation, UVA Cancer Center, or to your favorite charity.

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I’m am so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a magnificent angel. As one of many of Paula’s blog devotees, I have followed her painful cancer journey & was truly amazed with her indomitable, positive spirit. My prayers of comfort are with you & Sherman & the rest of Paula’s family. Rest In Peace, Paula.

Posted by Shirley on March 2, 2022

To the family and friends of Paula: I am so saddened to read that she has passed! Although I didn't know her personally, I felt like she was a friend through her blog. She was so creative and genuine and I loved how sentimental she was in regards to inherited family furniture and pieces. The world has lost a wonderful person, but now she rests and is healed in His presence. Sending prayers for peace and comfort 🙏 ❤

Posted by Laurie Schwartz on March 2, 2022

To the family and friends of Paula: I am so saddened to read that she has passed! Although I didn't know her personally, I felt like she was a friend through her blog. She was so creative and genuine and I loved how sentimental she was in regards to inherited family furniture and pieces. The world has lost a wonderful person, but now she rests and is healed in His presence. Sending prayers for peace and comfort 🙏 ❤

Posted by Laurie Schwartz on March 2, 2022

I am so so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Paula but I did follow her blog and she seemed like a beautiful soul who loved her family deeply. I am thinking about you all. God bless.

Posted by Lisa Michelle on March 2, 2022

Dave, I was shocked and saddened when I heard your wife had passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Ross Schaack on March 1, 2022

To Paula's family I send my heart felt condolences at the loss of such a gifted, loving, amazing and loyal person who spent such a short time with all who where luckly enough to share time with her. Her passing has left a void in the many lives of all who loved her that will never be filled. God Bless her Family and loving friends. Barbara Barrett

Posted by Barbara Barrett on February 28, 2022

Dave and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are for you all during this difficult time. Darrell

Posted by Darrell Costa on February 28, 2022

I did not know Paula face-to-face, but came to know her through here blog and Facebook page, Sweet Pea. I grew to admire her spunk and her grit, as well as her amazing creative heart. When she shared, she did so with grace and charm, always the lady- even when sharing the most difficult challenges of her life. She definitely made a difference in my life. Although I never met her, I will miss her greatly.

Posted by Michelle H Jones on February 28, 2022

I subscribed to Paula's "Sweet Pea" website and followed her stories about furniture she inherited from family and friends; her decorating skills; trips around Virginia; the Vermont trips; the lake front home and how it was decorated; the fire pit, etc. I enjoyed the 'bloggers' comments about Paula's website. We have been a family on this site. Paula shared the stories about her illness, treatment plans, what worked and what did not work. Paula brought all of us together as we enjoyed her 'antiques road show'.....whether she found a perfectly good basket at the 'dump' or she was at a thrift store.....she made her 'finds' fun and exciting and shared them with us. I will miss her wonderful and happy website. To her husband and family, I send my sincerest condolences.

Posted by Virginia L. Grey on February 28, 2022

David - I am very sorry for your loss of your beloved Paula. May you find peace in knowing she lives in you and those she touched here. Your time together indeed has been a blessing of love. That love continues to live and grow and cannot be extinguished. If you need anything at all, please ask. If you just want to go on a walk, I will be there. May His lasting peace pour over you. I know His face shines upon her as He embraces her and welcomes her home. B

Posted by Anonymous on February 28, 2022

I had Mrs. Skulina as one of my teachers many years ago in 7th grade. She was one of my favorite teachers that I will never forget. She used to always say "Oh pooh!" when the chalk would break while writing on the chalkboard so I got her a keychain with the saying "Oh pooh!" on it. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Skulina's family, friends, and beloved dog. She will definitely be missed!

Posted by Elizabeth Friend on February 28, 2022

I am so incredibly sorry to learn of Paula's passing. She put up such a valiant fight. I knew Paula from blogging and had met her at a conference. She will be dearly missed by so many lives that she touched. David, I will keep you and Sherman and Paula's mom in my prayers.

Posted by Jane Windham on February 28, 2022

Dave - I am very sorry for your loss. Hopefully all the good memories will help ease your sorrow.

Posted by Ken Hill on February 28, 2022

David and family, We were saddened to hear of Paula's passing and know that all we can offer now is our support and hopefully some comfort in knowing that you don't have to go through this alone. You have a network of friends that are and will be there for you. Our most sincere condolences to you all. With thoughts and prayers for Paula and you, Ken and Lisa Greenwood

Posted by Anonymous on February 28, 2022

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