J. Paula Souders, 56, of Mountville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Hospice & Community Care, Inpatient Center after a 2-year battle with cancer. Paula was the daughter of the late Thomas J. Souders and the late Anne Louise (painter) Souders of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Paula was a 1983 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, where she was an avid basketball player and member of the drill team. After high school, Paula moved to Texas and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Arlington where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
She was most recently employed at BAE Systems in York, as a production planner. Before that, she was employed by Peterbilt Trucking and Brentwood Industries. Paula was also a top sales rep for many years at Party Lite Candles, where she loved connecting with her customers and always knew how to “light” a candle show.
Paula was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Here, she participated in the community kitchen committee, which provided meals to people in need. His hobbies all revolved around service to others.
A survivor in addition to her mother, Louise has her siblings, Tom Souders (Michele), Kathy Eby (Mike), Cindy Villalpando (Dave), Annette Martin (Dave), Steve Souders (Karen), Beth Formento (Alex), Rick Souders (Terry).
Although she had no children of her own, Paula was devoted to her nieces and nephews and their children. They include: Monica Koehler (Nick), Samantha Souders, Jonathan Souders, Krista Eby, Tom Eby (Rachelle), Natalie Villalpando, Vinnie Villalpando, Shane Villalpando, Jessica Duvall (Rob), Valerie McCord (Dan), Erika McLaughlin (Mike) , Michael Formento (Sarah), Kersten Formento, Juliann Krause (Austin), Kelsey Colosi (Marco), Kevin Souders and Ross Souders.
The great-nieces and nephews are: Collins Koehler, Aiden and Wyatt Eby, James and Brooke Eby, Bryce and Delaney Duvall, Mackenna and Rylin McCord, Carter and Kinsley McLaughlin, Benjamin and Alexander Formento and Lucas Krause. She was predeceased by her father, Thomas J. Souders, and her maternal grandmother, Angelina Painter.
A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph St., Lancaster, PA 17603. Family and friends will be received to visit at the church, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow at St. Joseph New Bausman Catholic Cemetery, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paula’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO BOX 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125, hospiceandcommunitycare.orgor St. Joseph Catholic Church Restoration Fund at the above address.
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