Paula Gael Shanks, 53, of Terre Haute, IN passed away April 13, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Paula was born in Terre Haute, IN on January 19, 1962 to James W. Shanks and Joyce F.(Lakey) Shanks.
Paula was a life long learner. She received her undergraduate Business Degree and Master’s Degree in Safety Management from Indiana State University and also received her Nursing Degree from Ivy Tech College and maintained her licensure as an RN.
She took great pleasure in volunteering at Fowler Park as a pioneer and as a hostess at “The Lauras Cabin” behind the Fowler Park Barn. “The Lauras Cabin” was very special to her. Her mother, Joyce Lakey, donated the 1840’s log cabin to Fowler Park in 2007 in the memory of several family members who preceded her in death including her sister, Laura Aileen Shanks; brother, William Michael Shanks and niece, Laura Marie Shanks. Paula excelled in the art of hooking wool rugs and wall hangings, for which she won a championship award at the Vigo County 4-H Fair. These rugs were on display in the “The Lauras Cabin” as well as in her own home, also a modern log cabin.
Paula is survived by her parents, James W. Shanks and Joyce F. Lakey; her son, Dr. Michael James Elkins Shanks (Morgan) and granddaughter Jane of Flossmoor, IL; her daughter, Laureal Shanks and granddaughter Arianna of Evansville, IN; her brother, T. Jefferson Shanks (Claire); her niece Leslie May (William) and great-nieces Lilyana and Lorabell of Bucks County, PA.
Paula was the granddaughter of the late Clifford and Ernestine Shanks and Florence Roggenbau.
Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials
A celebration of her life will be presented at the Fowler Park Barn on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, at, 4:00 p.m with visitation following until 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to The Village Folk, a non-for-profit organization at Fowler Park. Contributions may be made to Vigo County Parks Department, with Village
Folk in the memo line, and mailed to Vigo County Parks Department, 165 Oak Street Terre Haute, IN 47807.
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