Paula Jean Mitchell Spangler

April 13, 1942 ‒ October 16, 2015

Gibson City, Illinois
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

GIBSON CITY, ILLINOIS: Paula Jean Mitchell Spangler passed away Friday, October 16 in Gibson Area Hospital Annex. She was 73.

Paula was born on April 13, 1942 in Mansfield to Paul and Leona (Frank) Mitchell. She was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1960. She attended both The Ohio State University and Wittenberg University where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She married James Spangler on June 27, 1964.

Paula taught school in Mansfield; Denver, CO; and Aurora, IL.

Surviving are her husband James Frederick Spangler; sons Mark (Ann) Spangler of Gibson City, IL, and Todd (Kelly) Spangler of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren Emily, Katherine, Kendall, Shannon, Karson, Keaton and Colton; brothers James Mitchell of Toledo and John (Mart) Mitchell of Webster Groves, MO.  Also surviving are her nieces and nephews Dr. Kelly Mitchell, Traci Mitchell Mills, Clifford Mitchell, Kelsey Mitchell, Holly Kendrick, Beth Gregory and Krissy Dobies. She was blessed with an extended family of cousins and friends including MaryAnn Price Andreas, who she thought of as a sister.

Paula was an active member of the First American Lutheran Church, a volunteer for ACT Theatre Company, and served on the Board of Shepherd’s Closet in Gibson City. She served as President of the Mansfield chapter of PEO. She volunteered at Kingwood Center. She always had a love of flowers which showed in her beautiful gardens at her homes.

The Spangler family will receive friends Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Pastor Sandy Mitchell will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in Paula’s memory to Shepherd’s Closet may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Spangler family, and encourage you to share a memory or message with them by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • My sincerest condolences to the entire Spangler family.

    There are people in life that will never be forgotten, “Aunt” Paula was one of them.

    Memories of the great times shared with your family, the Killingsworths, and our family over New Year’s holidays are some of my favorites and will stay with me forever.
    Snow Trails ski trips, junk food frenzy, banging pots and pans in the front yard when the New Year hit, waking up late to a big breakfast on New Year’s Day, stories from the early days in Colorado, and they hijinks the six adults played on each other.

    The memories of your mom during those times will always bring me a smile and a chuckle.

    Sincerely,
    Brian Kaesemeyer

  • “LIFE IS NOT ABOUT WAITING
    FOR THE STORM TO PASS
    IT IS LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN”
    PAULA TAUGHT US ALL HOW TO DANCE,
    MAY GOD COMFORT YOUR HEARTS AND
    GIVE YOU STRENGTH.
    WITH LOVE, BOB AND SANDY MILUM