Paula Ann (Lawson) Pearson, born May 19, 1945, was peacefully taken to a better place, on December 19th, 2017. All that were lucky enough to know her will miss Paula’s kind heart, wit, laughter, strength, and healing hands. She had a fierce determination to succeed at all that she set her mind to (even adjusting careers, mid life, to become a talented message therapist), while possessing an uncanny easy way of loving those around her (family, friends, clients and strangers).

Born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts, Paula never lost her love for all things Irish and east coast (including the beach, lighthouses, clams, nor her trademark accent and don’t get her started on the Patriots). Though she prized her heritage, roots grew deep during her almost 40 years of Montana life. Some of her favorite things: mountains, road trips to Red Lodge accompanied by good music, and her flowers. Paula found great fulfillment pushing off retirement to bring joy and pain-relief to a few long-time treasured clients in her beloved space downtown. A favorite way to wind down a busy morning was to enjoy lunch (and a chat) at The Bin. She truly lived when spending time with family, good friends, tasty food, and in great conversation.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Gene, children James, Bridgitte (Carin), grandson Elias, sister Sara (Dale) Wise, many sisters / brothers in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that were truly family in her heart.

All those whose lives Paula touched are invited to celebrate her life at 11am, Friday, December 29th at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 226 Wicks Ln, Billings with reception following.