Paula Cloward Williams died April 17, 2014 after a battle with cancer.  Paula was born in Ely October 21, 1948 to loving parents; Cleve and Veone Crowther Cloward.  She was an  only child.

She married Gary Wayne Williams  on October 22, 1966 and they had 3 children; Danny (Frog), Dale (Elizabeth) and daughter, Sheila. They had 3 wonderful grandchildren; Nathan, Brandon and Brooklyn all of Ely.

Gary and Paula were sealed together for Time and Eternity in the Provo, Utah Temple on October 31, 2009.

Gary preceded her in death on February 3, 2004 in San Francisco, 2 months after having a liver transplant.

Paula always said she didn’t know what she wanted to be when she “grew up”.  Although in a family history book she made her children in 2005 she said maybe a jet pilot doing the take-off’s only, “what a rush”.  Apparently secretarial skills was what she would use most of her life. Paula worked as a secretary for Genesis Home Health until her reinterment in June 2013, 30 years for Home Health Services of Nevada, 16 years as the recording secretary fo the White Pine Television Board, Secretary to the mine manager at Day Mines-Victoria.

She loved serving and being involved in her community and was secretary for the Ely Lions Club, Ely Co-op Preschool, the Primary and Relief Society organizations in her church, The White Pine Chapter of People for the West, White Pine Chapter of American Cancer Society, Steptoe Trap Club. She was a Brownie Scout leader, a 4-H project leader. She also assisted Gary with his duties as commander of the White Pine Emergency Posse and Civil Air Patrol.

The family loved being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, looking for wildlife and enjoying the scenery.

Paula was an avid reader and never without something to read. She loved playing Jeopardy and word games and writing short stories about her life. Her greatest enjoyment was her family and being involved in their activities and interests.

She is survived by her children, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, sister-in-law, Betty Williams, 1 nephew and 4 nieces, also by many cousins who have been so caring and concerned for her and her many fiends locally and around the country who have given her much support and encouragement.

Paula will be cremated and her ashes scattered with Gary’s his parents and his brother at a Williams family hunting camp.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Ely Nevada LDS Stake Center, 900 Avenue E.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest donations be made to the Ely Lions Club, P O Box 151664, Ely, NV 89315 to be used for the Teacher of the Month Program,


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  1. Mary Schneider says:

    Will miss Paula. She was the most cheerful gal I ever knew; always smiling and so very pleasant. I looked for reasons to go to Nevada Home Health just to chat. Rest in peace, Paula.

  2. Glen Saunders says:

    Rest in Peace Paula……

    • Jim Williams says:

      I will miss both Paula and Gary. They were two of the finest people I have ever known.

  3. Angie Mason says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family at this time. Loved the times that Paula and Gary came over to play poker when the kids were babies. I remember the good times camping up at Murry Summit. Lots of good times. She was a good friend and will be missed.

  4. Delroy and Martha Thompson says:

    Our heartfelt sorrow for Sheila and the family. We remember both your parents from before they had children and they were always a loving and caring couple. Our community has lost some really special people. Love and prayers go out to the family of Gary and Paula.

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