"Her true passion was her family, desire to contribute to her community"
Paula Leigh Schrauff
1970 - 2018
On Saturday, September 15, 2018, our most beloved Paula Leigh Schrauff (nee Barnes), suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at the age of 48. Although taken too soon from her family and friends, her life was filled with love and laughter, and those who remain behind are fortunate to have known such a beautiful soul.
She was born in Dallas, Texas on February 15, 1970 to Jerry Barnes and Carolyann Finley Barnes. During her childhood, she lived briefly in Indianapolis, Indiana and Shreveport, Louisiana, but most of her early years were spent in Richardson, Texas. She attended J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas and graduated in 1988. She went on to the University of North Texas and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1993. After college she worked in various positions in the insurance industry until the birth of her first child, after which she took on the much more challenging and impactful career of raising her children.
Her true passion was her family, followed closely by her desire to contribute to her community. On November 14, 1992, she met Christopher Wesley Schrauff of Dallas, Texas on a blind date. He was smitten immediately. Not only by her obvious outer beauty and sparkling blue eyes, but also by her quirky wit, radiant spirit and passionate heart. Christopher knew without a doubt that Paula was the love of his life. They married on November 16, 1996 and began their journey together. They lived in Austin, Texas during the first years of their marriage, but the desire to be closer to their family and old friends brought them back to Dallas, Texas in January of 2000. God blessed Paula and Chris with three beautiful children, a parade of pets, and a multitude of friends, all of whom were the constant beneficiaries of her boundless love and compassion. She was the light in any room. She never knew a stranger, and she never let anyone feel like an outsider.
As she nurtured her beautiful children through the challenges of life and managed a busy household, she was a frequent contributor to any activity involving their schools, sports and hobbies. Lending a hand came so naturally to her. She felt it a blessing to be able to contribute, not a burden on her time or energy. It invigorated her. She did not seek accolades or attention. She thrived on the satisfaction of knowing she could and did help others. Whether it was planning field day for the local elementary school, assisting the PTA with school projects, or hanging Christmas lights at the In Sync Exotics wildlife sanctuary, she was a consistent and reliable volunteer.
Paula is survived by her devoted husband of almost twenty-two years, Christopher, their three children, Hayden Putnam Schrauff, McKenna Kathryn Schrauff and Mason Wesley-Paul Schrauff of Murphy, Texas, her parents, Jerry and Carol Barnes of Plano, Texas, and countless other friends and family in her community and beyond. Their grief is unimaginable in the face of this sudden loss, but the gift that was Paula is a treasure beyond price that they will cherish forever. Although our world is darker without her, the light in Heaven is a little brighter, and we know that someday we will all be with her again in God’s time to share in that light.
A celebration of her life was held September 27, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel at Restland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to her favorite charity, In Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie, Texas 75098, or to such other charity you prefer to support in her name.