LAKELAND, Fla. — Paula Carol Murphy, 55, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She was born on Dec. 25, 1962, in Steubenville, Ohio, to William Leo VerStraten and Edythe Walker. Paula served for many years as a manager for McDonald’s and bartended at Holiday Inn South in Lakeland, Florida.

Paula loved the outdoors and enjoyed sitting on the porch feeding the squirrels that she had personally named. She enjoyed watching all cooking shows, fixer uppers and anything to do with the universe. She also enjoyed playing Pokémon Go with her sister.

She is survived by her daughters, Morgan Webster of Lakeland, Florida, and Kylie Parrish of Lake Hamilton, Florida; three grandchildren, James, Hannah and Abby Webster; a sister, Terry Vaughan of Lakeland, Florida; a brother, Thom Randles of Mount Vernon. Niece, Alissa Morrison; nephew, Evan (Amanda) Vaughan; and three great-nephews, Landen Vaughan, Dylan Morrison and Wyatt Vaughan, all of Lakeland, Florida, as well as several cousins in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Edythe (Walker) Ferris, and a brother, David Walker.

The family will observe a Celebration of Life Service at a later date and a private burial will be held in Mound View Cemetery. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Paula Carol Murphy.

Memorial contributions in Paula’s name may be made to your local animal shelter or animal rescue.

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