In Loving Memory

Barbara Lee Paulin, d. May 17, 2015



In Loving Memory

October 5, 1934 – May 17, 2015

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Barbara Paulin, 80, of Daphne, Alabama, left the physical plane for life in the spirit on May 17th, 2015. She passed in peace with her family by her side and loved ones already in spirit awaiting her arrival. She was born and grew up in Hamilton, New Jersey, and later lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she met and married an exceptional man, Ralph Paulin. Upon her retirement in 1984, the Paulin family settled in Northwest Florida. Sadly, Ralph passed in 2001.

Barbara’s life was about communication, her passion being the written word. Her business career was diversified and spanned thirty years, but her avocation–the study of human nature and spiritual philosophy–was lifelong. She began writing short stories at the age of ten, often contributed articles to magazines, and saw her book on meditation and intuition, “Path of Promise, Path of Peace,” published by the Virginia Beach A.R.E. Press in 1995. Ms. Paulin was working on a second book of nonfiction at the time of her passing.

Barbara’s vocabulary excluded the word “stranger.” She understood that we all are spiritually connected and thus we all are family. Her strengths were her compassion for those in pain and a deep appreciation for all of the blessings given her, especially a wonderful array of friends. She was christened in and uplifted by the Episcopal faith and further sustained by the Unity Church of Christianity in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Paulin; her parents, Mable and John Adams; her brother, Barry Adams, and her beloved grandson, Devon Sweat.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa MacKenzie (Ken) of Fairford, England; son Christopher Rupell (Patricia) of Daphne, Alabama; daughter, Shannon Teichmann (Tim) of Celeste, Texas; granddaughter, Danica Hebner (Jeff) of Navarre, Florida; granddaughter, Tiffany Sweat of Lorton, Virginia; granddaughter Kayleigh Sweat of Baltimore, Maryland; grandson, Biniam Fox-Berhane of Sherman, Texas; great-granddaughter, Makaila Hebner of Navarre, Florida; great-grandson, Devon Hebner of Navarre, Florida; great-grandson Isaac Hebner of Navarre, Florida; William Adams (Mickey) of San Angelo, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Barbara’s wishes and her unwavering belief that life is ongoing and there is no true separation, there will not be a public service. Notes of condolence or memories can be sent to: Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Rupell, 29581 Douglas Road, Daphne, AL 36526. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Adopt-a-Kitty, 8021 Fordham Road, Mobile, Alabama 36619, or [email protected] for PayPal; or to your local non-kill animal shelter or rescue group. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.


  1. Shirley Clark

    Fly with the Angels, my dear friend

  2. Ruella Davis

    I am so very sorry I won’t have a chance to sit and visit with Barbara here on this plane again, she was so helpful to me during a difficult time in my life. She was a blessing on so many levels. I am so thrilled that she and Bud are dancing together again. I love them both so much!
    My sincere love & condolences to her family.

  3. Jackie Bean

    May God continue to bless this family with love and light. Thank you all for sharing your mom with so many people. She has helped many while she is here and will continue to do.

    Thank you.

  4. Mickey Iliff

    A beautiful soul has left us and has joined her friends and family on the other side. A beautiful Rose will now be added to the Eternal Gardens. I am very blessed to have had such a wonderful friend in my life. We shared so much about our personal lives and shared books we thought each would like and enjoy. Many talks and many emails. A true friend, a real blessing to all who had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful lady. I know without a doubt she will be watching over her family she left behind and those she loved. Until we meet again my good friend. You will continue to be in my prayers and thoughts. Mickey

  5. Suzanne Derrick

    The first time I met Barbara was in 1993 and my first thought of her was what an extraordinary woman. She made me feel like she had known me forever and I was already part of her family. I so enjoyed being around Barbara and her spiritual presence was so strong in living and now in her passing. She once told me that my strengths were strong and deep and I had an ever spiritual being existence in my life. What a gift she gave us all and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Barbara’s family and all of us that loved her and benefited from knowing this wonderful woman. May her spirit be within all of us forever.

  6. Tim Teichmann

    I will miss you a lot. I really like it when you came to visit , the time I got to share with you was not enough. Someday I hope to see you again , until then I will carry your memory with me.

  7. Cindy Adams

    I am sorry for your loss.

  8. Terri & John Wilde

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Even though we were never fortunate enough to ever meet her personally, I know that she must have been a wonderful woman and Mother. That is evident by how much her family and friends loved her. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Tom Gill

    One of life’s truly delightful and insightful people has left us, and our loss is great. We will do well to pay her kindness and gentleness forward as we go about our lives in her absence. Heartfelt condolence to all her family, who loved and honored her by the example of their own lives.


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