, Newburyport, MA

April 11, 2014

Paula R. Thompson, 67

Seabrook Beach, Hampton, NH — Paula R. (Di Benedetto) Thompson, 67, formerly of Salem, N.H., passed away on April 9 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Arthur L. Thompson, her best friend for more than 50 years and copilot on many beautiful adventures in their 47 years of marriage.

Paula was born in Lawrence, Mass., on January 12, 1947, and grew up in a close-knit Italian family that provided her with many recipes for a wonderful life. She graduated from Tenney Memorial High School in 1964, later attending Burdett Business School and Merrimack College. Before her two sons were born, Paula was employed by Western Electric and later worked at First Essex Savings Bank. She was a devoted mother to her boys; a fixture at their sports games and always involved with the PTA at their schools. Paula was also an active member of the Women of Northern Essex Community College for many years.

Paula’s heart was always at home where she enjoyed cooking delicious meals that brought her family together, taking care of the beautiful flowers in her yard and entertaining friends who always left her company smiling. She loved listening to the sound of the waves at the beach, breathing in the salty sea air and spending time in Naples, Fla. She was also a very proud Nana and never turned down a walk to the rocks at the beach with her three grandchildren, whom she loved to the moon and back.

In addition to her husband, Arthur, Paula is survived by her mother, Marie A. LaCarubba of Methuen, Mass.; two sons, Shaun M. Thompson and his wife, Amy (Judge) of Newburyport, Mass., and Ryan P. Thompson of Hamden, Conn.; three beautiful grandchildren, Hannah, Brady and Devin Thompson of Newburyport, Mass.; brothers-in-law, Alphonse J. Thompson of Salem, N.H., Raymond V. and sister-in-law, Patricia Thompson of Stratham, N.H.; sister-in-law, Phyllis Thompson of Falmouth, Mass.; beloved aunt, Anne M. Angelari of Methuen, Mass.; special cousins, nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends. She was predeceased by her stepfather, Joseph C. La Carubba, who taught her all about sports and the enjoyment of playing cards.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visiting hours on Sunday, April 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. Her Mass of Christian burial and celebration of life will be held on Monday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica’s Church, 214 Lawrence St., Methuen. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT, or Dana Faber Cancer Institute Gynecology Medical Oncology Dept., c/o Dr. Sue Campos, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

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