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Paula Marie Willis, 60, of Jefferson City, died Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach.
She was born August 17, 1949, in Sandusky, Ohio, to J.L. and Dorothy Howser. Paula was a graduate of School of the Osage in Lake Ozark, and attended Southwest Missouri State University and St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield. Paula worked for Hospital Services Group from January 3, 1978, until her retirement on October 31, 2007. She had been happily married since June 10, 1994, to Dave Willis, who survives at their home. Other survivors include her mother: Dorothy Ossman of Jefferson City; her daughter: Kim Ruehter and husband Dwayne of Camdenton; two grandchildren: Lance and Tonya Rothenberger; and a sister: Diane Dellbringge and husband Bob of Jefferson City. She was preceded in death by her father, J.L. Howser; and one son: Kevin Whitworth. Friends will be received from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 19, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with Msgr. Robert A. Kurwicki officiating. Interment will follow in Greenmore Memorial Gardens near Eldon. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Friends of the Jefferson City Animal Shelter. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main, 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at millardfamilychapels.com