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Paula Irene Ard
02/12/1931 — 01/13/2024
From Kennewick, WA | Born in Spokane, WAWatch Graveside Service
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Paula Irene Ard
Paula Irene Ard, 92, passed away on January 13, 2024. Paula was preceded in death by her husband and true love Philip Allen Ard in 1977, her dear younger brother Frank DeMonnin Jr., and beloved cat Princess Chloe Swishy-tail. Paula is survived by roughly 8 billion humans on planet earth. Some of these humans include her children and their spouses Steve (Alice) Ard, Grace (Bill) Clawson, Kevin (Sarah) Ard, David (Carol) Ard; her grandchildren Philip Ard, Tyson Ard, Katie Snider, Erin Clawson, Colton Ard, Payden Ard, Amanda LePage, Eleanor Ard, Amelia Ard; and nine great grandchildren.
Born Paula Irene DeMonnin on February 12, 1931, in Spokane, Washington to Anna Faye and Frank DeMonnin Sr., Paula graduated from Lewis & Clark high school in Spokane in 1949 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. Paula married a dryland wheat farmer and United States Airforce pilot Philip Allen Ard of Clementsville, Idaho on December 22, 1953 in Spokane, Washington. Paula worked for many years as a registered nurse primarily in pediatrics at hospitals and clinics around the Tri-Cities until her retirement. With her nurturing and expertise in nursing, her children rarely went to the doctor except for vaccinations, antibiotics, broken bones, severe bleeding, or immanent death. Paula met many of her lifelong friends during her nursing career and at church. She spent much of her free time pursuing her interests and hobbies including gardening, oil painting, restoring antique furniture, reading, hiking, skiing, square dancing, weaving, rock hounding, fishing, and traveling. Paula had a warm heart, a tight fist, and an adventurous spirit. She will be missed.
Dear families. Sending lots of condolences and love to all, would be there but my ride is not able to bring me, frank and I enjoyed Paula’s sense of humor and always had such good times together, love always,,,,leona
Dearest families. I am sending much. Love to all we loved Paula’s sense of humor and knowledge of so many different things, I. Would be there but my driver
Cannot bring me. So sorry 😢,
Great obit, fam. What a rock she was. So important to us kids, treated us like family. A loss, but a wonderful lifetime to celebrate.
Steve sending warm regards and condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you.. it’s a hard time right now… Your Mother sounds like she was an amazing mother. Lucky you.. I too had an amazing Mother. lucky us…
Oh Paula, how that picture brings back wonderful memories. My mom, Inie Pepiot was a classmate of Paula’s at Deaconess, both becoming registered nurses.
We would visit the Ard’s at their home on GW Way and to this day driving by that house brings Paula forefront in my mind, looking just as she does in the above picture, and the memories that started so long ago.
She was an excellent mother and role model to Steve.
Dave, I am thinking of you as you go through this time of loss.
Steve thinking of you and your family with love as you mourn the death of your mother.
She was special to our family as well. My mother was her cousin and they enjoyed staying close almost their whole lives.