Obituary for Lila Paulson (Kramlick)
Lila Paulson, 74, born February 7, 1944 in Miles City and long-time Billings resident passed away peacefully at Riverstone Hospice House Saturday, March 3, 2018.
Survived by her children Randy Degele and wife Lindsay, Jeff Degele and wife Tami, and Tara Paulson;
her siblings Jane McClintock, Larry Kramlick, and Sharron Wuest; her grandchildren Elyse, Trystin, Beth, Heather, and Christopher; and many neices, nephews, family and friends.
Preceded in death by Julius Kramlick, father; Alvina Kramlick, mother; Darryl Kramlick, brother; John Paulson Jr, husband and love of her life; Kirk Wuest, beloved nephew.
There is nothing sweeter than simple. Lila was proof of this. Born on a farm in Miles City the middle child, a title shared with her twin brother, the family of 7 would move to Billings when Lila was in third grade. Being raised to love the Lord, life and all things right, Lila is and forever will be etched in the hearts of everyone who ever crossed her path.
Quick to offer you a cup of coffee and piece of pie, her kitchen table received every guest in her home without question of background or goodness. She found love twice, once resulting in her two sons, whom she adored. The second time resulting in a tragic loss, a beautiful daughter (whom would grow up to fill the shoes of best friend and care taker to the very end) and a journey of hard work to provide for her three children as a single mom. Despite daily exhaustion from work, Lila would still open her home, her arms and her kitchen table to anyone that crossed her threshold.
She loved running a coffee shop when she lived in Flaxton, North Dakota. Perhaps this is where she got to use her natural talents and passion for a good visit. Her love of homemade cooking as well as baking pies and rolls guaranteed the loosening of a belt notch. If you were privileged to receive a come as you are invitation to the dinner table, you left saturated in good food, laughter and the love of true friendship.
If you were honored to witness Lila behind the scenes you would find a woman dedicated to working hard, and putting the best foot forward at any cost. Pay the bills first, pay yourself last and paying your dues in life were some of her driving principles. There were times this insistence to do right resulted in the "wrath of Lila". She was not a woman to be reckoned with. Cross her and you got the eye. You know the one your Mom gives you when you're not sitting still in church? Lila not only perfected the eye, she surely invented it. With one eye slightly lazy, you knew you were in trouble the minute she looked at you. She didn't have to say a word, but that didn't stop her from ensuring you heard what she had to say. The look left you wondering if she was looking at you or through you, while the other eye roamed the room for accomplices.
When she added the title 'grandma' to her long list of accomplishments you saw what you thought wasn't possible, her heart grew as she fell even deeper in love and her stature grew with pride as each one of the five arrived. Whether by birth or marriage didn't matter to her one bit. They were HER grandchildren and she was proud to be their Grandma.
There is truly nothing sweeter or more satisfying than simple. An encounter with Lila Paulson left you simply smiling, simply thinking things through, simply embracing changes coming at you, simply loving God and simply loving life for what it needs to be...simple.
The family gives sincere appreciation to the staff at Riverstone Hospice House for the exceptional care provided in her last days.