Paula R. Borton (1927 – 2013)

OBIT - BORTONPaula R. Borton, 86, of rural Fayette, died Monday morning, November 25, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born April 7, 1927, in Toledo, OH, to the late George and Juanita (Gleason) Robison. She married Max Borton on December 30, 1945, and he survives.

Paula was a graduate of Gorham Fayette High School and a 50 year member of the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples. She served as a Deaconess and was an active member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, along with many projects of stewardship and care of the church itself.

She was a homemaker where she kept busy decorating her home, flower gardening, sewing, and perfecting delicious recipes. She enjoyed painting china, and family and friends were the recipients of many beautiful pieces of china. Family was important to Paula and she especially looked forward to every new baby in the family. Holidays were a big event with a full house.

Max and Paula enjoyed their retirement years at their home on Black Lake in Onaway, MI in the summer, and at Okeechobee, FL in winters. Children and grandchildren remember visiting at Black Lake, where they enjoyed fishing and swimming, and playing cards and board games with grandma, where you better be on top of your game because grandma took no mercy.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Max, are two sons, Greg (RaeNel) Borton of Perrysburg, OH, and Gary (Carol) Borton of Fayette; two daughters, Penny (Randy) Merillat of Fayette, and Jennifer Borton of Wauseon, OH; a sister, Beverly (Roger) Kunkle of Fayette; twelve grandchildren, Jason, Andrew, Wesley, Jadea, Mac, Abigail, Austin, Joshua, Jasmine, Lee, David, and Allison; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service for Paula will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., at the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. The family will receive friends for a visitation on Saturday evening, from 4-8 p.m., at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorial donations in honor of Paula to Promedica Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Friends can share memories and words of comfort with Paula’s family online at


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