Dana Towse-Paulk passed from this life March 10, 2017. She was sixty years old. Dana was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and coworker; she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Dana was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and moved with her family to Houston when she was six years old. At the age of fifteen she met the love of her life, Terry Lee Paulk, who was by her side as she peacefully passed away in Galveston, TX. She is also survived by her two loving sons and daughter-in-laws, Ryan and Sarah Paulk and Charlie and Lorissa Paulk. Her grandchildren, Sydney, Beau and August Paulk, were the light of her life and she will always be a part of them. Her brother, Phillip Towse, and sisters, Kathryn Towse and Lynnette Caldwell, also will carry on her legacy. Dana was preceded in death by her parents Duane and Audene Towse.
Dana graduated from James Madison high school in 1975 and then went on to obtain an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Child Development from Stephen F. Austin University. As a young mother and 4th grade teacher Dana worked diligently toward her goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. She reached that goal and earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. Starting in 1998, Mrs. TP (as many of her loving students called her) became Lemm Elementary School’s first full time counselor. Her quest to touch as many childrens’ hearts as possible then brought her to Klein ISD’s Early Childhood Intervention Program. In 2011 she returned to Lemm and served the rest of her career there. Her devotion to making a difference in children’s lives was unquestionable.
Aside from spending time with her beloved friends and family, Dana also loved to travel, go to the beach, cook, read, teach, learn, tell stories and spoil her dogs but, most of all, she loved to listen. She loved to listen to music. She loved to listen to her friends and families sharing their stories. And she loved to listen to her students. Dana listened, and then always knew the right the thing to say. Her wise, loving words are most missed at times like these.
There will be a memorial service for friends and family members Wednesday March 22, 2017, at 4:30 pm at St Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 14301 Stuebner Airline Rd, Houston, TX 77069. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to The Bridge Over Troubled Waters. http://www.thebridgeovertroubledwaters.org/v2/