Paula Ann Plosila Pitts

Paula Ann Plosila Pitts, 77, was born on July 8, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, and passed away peacefully June 6, 2023 in Houston, Texas at home surrounded by her family.

Paula grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois until the passing of her father in 1961. The family then moved to Norman, Oklahoma so her brother, Tom, could pursue a Navy scholarship at the University of Oklahoma.

Paula first met David E. Pitts in the summer of 1962. He was a graduate student in Meteorology, and Paula’s mother, Helen, was the secretary at the Atmospheric Research Laboratory. Helen and David talked about their interests in rock and mineral collecting and Helen invited David to dinner one night. Paula and David fell in love at first sight. They got engaged in October of 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis.  Paula graduated from high school in 1963 and David finished his master’s degree and was hired to work at NASA in Houston, Texas. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on September 10, 2023.

Paula earned a B. S. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Houston in 1968. Paula worked as a substitute teacher at Mitchell Elementary and several other schools in the Houston area. She obtained a M. S. in Library Science from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 1979 and then served as the librarian at Mount Carmel School for five years.

Paula was a founding member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Sam Houston Chapter of Houston/Galveston in 1976.  Paula was active as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girl Scout leader.  The family enjoyed soccer, rock collecting, camping, skiing, canoeing and swimming when their two children Donald and Susan were growing up.

From 1995 to 2012 Paula and David spent their free time traveling in their 5th wheel RV, with many winters spent with friends at the Llano Grande RV Resort in Mercedes, Texas.  They studied Spanish and also enjoyed many cruises (over 30) to many destinations around the world. Paula’s passion for genealogy enabled her and David to do extensive research in their respective families.  Her skills were so good she would start researching her two children’s spouses’ family.  She had the good fortune of traveling to Finland with her entire family (including grandchildren) in 2008, where she met over 300 Finnish cousins and relatives. She was passionate about Harry Potter fan fiction and wrote many stories under the pen name DoublePea.

Paula had a witty sense of humor and would always find something to joke about in every situation. She was a dedicated wife, caring mom, and a loving grandmother whom they called Grammy. Paula’s real passion was her granddaughters, Haley, Zoe and Stephanie.  Together they enjoyed holidays, cruises, vacations, games, baking cookies, building gingerbread houses, along with the girl’s interest in sports, singing, and dancing.  She was each girl’s #1 fan!

The family is extremely grateful for the care and compassion of the staff from Essential Hospice in Webster, Texas and Senior Helpers in League City, Texas. The love and support of these caregivers are a true blessing to our family.

Paula is preceded in death by her parents, Paul Walter Plosila, Helen Mary Bly Plosila. She is survived by her loving husband, David E. Pitts of Houston, Texas, son, Donald Pitts and wife Jennifer of Plano, Texas, daughter, Susan Buschhorn and husband Eric of Houston, Texas, brother, Tom Paulson of Norman, Oklahoma, and adored granddaughters, Haley Buschhorn of Denver, Colorado, Zoe Pitts of Austin, Texas, and Stephanie Buschhorn of Burbank, California.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Clear Lake United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 11:00 am. A family burial will be held in Indiahoma, Oklahoma at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to MD Anderson Cancer Center. Click Here to Donate


  1. Dearest Susan, Eric Haley and Stephanie
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all as you continue to mourn the loss of your mother and grandmother. Susan may you always feel her constant love and may God bless each of you during this time.

    Vicki, Bob, Sam, Natalia and John
  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I have such good memories of David and her visiting Ohio and spending time with the Aunts and some of the family. My prayers are with you and family

    Pamela Deemer
  3. Mrs Paula Was The Sweetest Patients Iv Had In This Work. She Will Be Truly Missed 💙 Here Is A Nice Poem
    A Light went out on Earth for me, The day we said goodbye And on that day a star was born,
    The brightest in the sky
    Reaching through the darkness
    With its rays of purest white
    Lighting up the Heavens
    As it once lit up my life
    With beams of love to heal
    The broken heart you left behind
    Where always in my memory
    Your lovely star will shine
    R.I.P Mrs Paula

  4. My prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of Paula. I met Paula and David when they traveled to Comanche, Oklahoma to visit me on one of their genealogy trips. It was such a nice visit. It was a privilege to meet her. May God be with you in the days ahead. Love Debbie

    Debbie Morgan
  5. We will always member Paula and her ability to entertain others with her stories, most of the time they were real life experiences of both her and David. Most of those “stories” were humorous and those that were listening begged for more. We will always remember Paula’s portrayal of St. Urho’s girlfriend (in a tutu) during a skit depicting the life of St. Urho. Everyone loved her and David as the entertained the group of Finnish Friends group in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. We know as an Angel that she was on earth will be in Heaven sharing all her humorous moments with the angels there. Our prayers to David and the family. You were so lucky to have Paula in your lies!❤️

    Carol (Bob) Pratt
  6. Sorry to hear of the loss of a lovely lady, Paula. We remember her humor, and kindness.

    Mary Ann and Jim Bone

    Mary Ann Bone
  7. Dearest David and family, Please know your Snyder, Oklahoma family sends sincere condolences. Always enjoyed visiting with Paula. Family members here fighting medical issues also. We all have a precious Savior watching over us. Prayers for you and family.

    sharrel (Anderson) Thorn
  8. To Paula’s family,
    I am so appreciative of the genealogy work Paula researched and shared with my dad, Bill Hawkins, who passed it on to me. It is invaluable.

    I always enjoyed getting her Christmas cards that kept me up on Paula’s and David’s very active lifestyle. I was shocked when I received foreboding news in the last one she sent.

    My prayers are with you all,
    Barbara Hawkins Laughinghouse

    Barbara Laughinghouse
  9. Tu David & Family:

    We are so sad to hear of Paula’s passing. You were both so kind and caring for Aunt Dora in her later years. And it was a pleasure to collaborate with Paula on the Plosila geneology in the US and in Finland, Her caring and positive attitude will be missed by all.

    Walt and Laura Plosila
    Queenstown, MD.

    Walter Plosila
  10. Paula and I worked together at Mt Carmel. We lived close by each other. We rode back and forth to work and had many conversations about school and family..Our friendship will never fade.l wish you you eternal happiness and peace. Chris Moran

    Chris Moran
  11. To David and Family,
    My prayers are for you today.
    I am so sorry for your loss of
    your beloved Paula.
    I have saved every Christmas message
    you two sent each year telling about
    your wonderful trips.
    She is greatly missed.
    With love.

    LaDawn Weeks
    • Dave
      I have many fond memories of you and Paula stopping to visit as you walked the wal trail in Middelbrook. Betsy and I really enjoyed our visits with you..Our work together in the Lacie project holds many fond memories for me.
      Buck Rogers
      I am 98 and still live in the same house in Middlebrook.

    • Dave
      Betsy and I enjoyed our visits when Paula and you when you walked the trail in Middlebrook so many years ago. Betsy passed away 19 years ago. our time together during the Lacie project also holds many memories for me. I am 98 and still live in the same house in Middlebrook.

      Buck Rogers

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