She was born to Robert and Dolly Carson in Belmont, North Carolina, in 1933. She was the youngest of seven children.
She began her undergraduate studies at Brevard College in Brevard and completed her degree at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. She earned her master’s degree at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
She moved to Florida in 1957 to teach physical education at Walker Junior High School in Bradenton. She later became dean of girls and then assistant principal at Manatee High School.
In 1978, she was appointed the first principal of the new Martha B. King Middle School, becoming the first female principal of a secondary school in Manatee County. She held that post until she retired in 1995. She was loved and supported by her students, staff and colleagues.
After retirement, she divided her time between her beloved Anna Maria Island residence and her summer home in Brevard. In each location, she found pleasure and fulfillment in her volunteer activities.
She was an active member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, often volunteering in the thrift shop, the food bank and for the service of holiday meals at the church.
In Brevard, she was a member of First United Methodist Church and a faithful volunteer for SAFE, an organization that provides shelter and assistance for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and for Transylvania Regional Hospital.
A supporter of animal welfare, she was a devoted dog owner.
She was also a longtime member of American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma and Manatee County Retired Educators.
She always loved sports — as a coach, a competitor and a spectator. In her early years of teaching, she coached girls basketball. For several years, she was an avid tennis player, sometimes competing in local tournaments.
As a lifelong member of the Bradenton Runners Club, she finished many 5K, 10K and longer runs, often winning for her age group.
Her love for golf kept her playing regularly with friends in Florida and in a golf league at Connestee Falls in Brevard.
In recent years, she also competed in table tennis and horseshoes in the North Carolina Senior Games.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221, or www.guidedogs.org.
She is survived by her sister, Katherine C. Pitts of Raleigh, North Carolina; niece Amy Pitts of Raleigh; nephew Robert Pitts and wife Brenda of Raleigh; niece Mary Jo Wilder of Zebulon, North Carolina; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was the second son born to Agnes Guthrie Johnson and Henry Jacob Paulsen.
After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1941, he accepted a job with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. and was immediately called into active duty with the U.S. Navy.
He served in the Navy 1941-1946 and, after the attack by Japan Dec. 7, 1941, was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He and one other lieutenant junior manned the large dock, evaluated damaged warships from the South Pacific and directed their repair.
While serving in the Navy, he attended Annapolis Naval Academy for a semester. He also earned a second bachelor’s degree in engineering from California Institute of Technology.
Working with DuPont for more than 35 years, he held several patents that enabled the timely manufacture of polyester, Dacron for DuPont. Two of his patents were among the 10 most guarded of the DuPont company. He was awarded the first-ever “Fellow of Fibers.”
He married Frances Winifred Trowbridge Oct. 14, 1944, in Annapolis, Maryland. They had three sons: William Frederick, George Trowbridge and Robert Caldwell. Frances died in 1962.
Mr. Paulsen married Virginia Turley Moseley of Kinston, North Carolina, Aug. 31, 1969. He welcomed Virginia’s three children into his family and heart. They custom-built a home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, where they lived for more than 20 years until retiring to Bradenton, where Mr. Paulsen enjoyed fishing on Anna Maria Island with various members of his family, his caregiver, Debra Hubbard, and the regular pier fishers.
He is survived by wife Virginia; sons William and wife Laura of New York City, George and wife Karen of Oberlin, Ohio, and Robert of St. Paul, Minnesota; step-children Nancy Grainger Moseley Friel and husband Gary of Longs, South Carolina, John Wooten Moseley III of Wilmington, Delaware, and Marian VanLandingham Moseley and husband Frank Killian of Philadelphia; grandchildren Katharine and husband Mark, Caroline, Ryan, Kristen and husband Brandon, Ashley and husband Craig, Blair and husband Michael, Joseph and Sarah; and four great-grandchildren.
She was born in Elk Horn, Wisconsin, July 25, 1979, and moved to Rising Son, Indiana, where she became a gifted athlete. She played center in basketball for her undefeated high school team. She also played volleyball.
She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, and her caring heart led her to a degree in social services.
She loved meeting people and, with her infectious laugh and vibrant smile, was quick to make friends. She was a passionate animal lover.
She moved to Holmes Beach four years ago and took a special interest in sea turtles.
A celebration of life will be held 5 p.m.-sunset Saturday, Oct. 14, on the beach near 72nd Street in Holmes Beach.
She is survived by her father, Roger; mother Sharon Robinson; brother Darin; sister Janella Pryce; grandmothers Bula Walton and Eloise Holland; boyfriend Jesse Candish; and her beloved dog, Mr. Biscuit.
Patricia Edwards Weingart
Patricia Edwards Weingart, a longtime resident of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 1. She was born in 1924 in Detroit to Charles and Mrytle Edwards.
She married the late George Weingart in 1973 in Chicago. They enjoyed traveling together, as well as spending time with family and friends.
She was a longtime member of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, where she loved to golf, play cards and dine with family and friends. She also volunteered at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton for several years.
A service was held Oct. 7 at the Unity Church in Bradenton, where she was a member for many years.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.