June 20, 1920 - Feb. 1, 2018
Doris Marguerite Stevener Paar, 97, of Tyler, Texas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, after a brief illness. Yes, the Lord answered the prayer (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep) that Mrs. Paar prayed each night. And though she died, she yet lives in paradise this very day and for eternity.
Mrs. Paar was born on June 20, 1920, in Waco, the daughter of Ernst Michael "E.M." Sr. and Ruby Miller Stevener. She was a resident of Atria Copeland, in Tyler, and previously lived many years in Waco, Mesquite, and Lake Palestine East. She was a graduate of Waco High School and her father ensured that she attend Central City Commercial College (4C) in Waco. Mrs. Paar was a long-time retiree from the United States Department of Defense (Dallas), and many years before held positions at the National Youth Administration (Waco) and the Veterans Administration (Waco). Most importantly, Mrs. Paar had a strong faith and trust in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her confirmation verses are John 10:27-28. She was a lifelong Missouri-Synod Lutheran and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler.
Top priorities in Mrs. Paar's life were faith in Jesus Christ, helping to ensure that her children were rooted in faith in Jesus Christ, and love of family and friends. Mrs. Paar believed in the power of prayer and the spiritual benefits of regular church attendance. Mrs. Paar was a great homemaker and knew how to turn a house into a home. This started in December 1945, just a few days after the love of her life returned home from World War II and they were married. She was an excellent cook and amassed an extensive collection of recipes. She put her career on hold to be home with her children until they both entered elementary school. Other priorities were family vacations and ensuring that her children obtained college educations. Following the birth of her granddaughter, many fun activities revolved around Sarah whom she dearly loved. Over the years, she enjoyed many activities including working in her yard and traveling with her husband and friends. She very much loved her family at Trinity Lutheran Church and its Prime Timers group, and some of her travels included bus tours with other members of the church. After moving into Atria Copeland in 2014, she looked forward to daily bingo games and other activities with the other residents.
Mrs. Paar crossed the paths of many special and loving people during her life. Many people helped her and showed her love. Special thanks go out to Pat Settle and Dennis Campbell who helped Mrs. Paar maintain her home when she lived in Lake Palestine East. Also, a special thanks to her primary physician, Dr. David Ball, M.D., for all the good care he provided over the years and especially her last years. Also, Donna White (Choice Homecare Services) was a special caregiver to Mrs. Paar over the last few years. And, a very special thanks to all the staff and residents at Atria Copeland for all the care and love given and displayed to Mrs. Paar and her family. Then finally, a special thanks to the doctors, nurses and other staff at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital who cared for her during her last days on earth.
Mrs. Paar was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dorothy Ruby Stevener Nobles and Alma Edelweiss Stevener Horan; two brothers, Ernest Michael Stevener, Jr. and Raymond Elwood Stevener; son-in-law, Billy Ted Thompson; and granddaughter, Sarah Kathryn Thompson.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol Jean Paar Thompson of Tyler; son and daughter-in-law, Steven Paul and Cynthia Harwell Paar of Tyler; two step-granddaughters, Lisa Dodd and Greg of Rockton, Illinois, and Traci Starkey and Marty of Conway, Arkansas; and six great-step-grandchildren, Caroline, Colin, Alec, Kylie, Kayla and Will. She is also survived by sister, Grace Arlene Stevener Segler of Waco; sister-in-law, Shirley Mae Stevener; also, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
All nieces and nephews are honorary pallbearers. Pallbearers in Tyler will be Ernie Clark, Roger Goodsell, Rick Goodsell, Frank Hicks, David Kittrell, Frank Johnson, and Jack Netterville.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 5, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m., at the church, with the Reverend Art Hill officiating. Burial will be in Waco's Rosemound Cemetery, with a graveside service at 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
If desired, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Hunter Street, Tyler, 75701.
Lloyd James Funeral Home
1011 E. 1st St.
Tyler, TX 75701