Paula Stringfellow Ford

Paula Stringfellow Ford, 67, passed away April 6, 2013, after a short illness. Paula was the daughter of Jane Blackwell Hodges and Earl Martin Stringfellow, Jr. of Mountain Brook, Ala.

She is survived by her husband, H.C. Ford; daughters, Claudia Hardcastle (Owen) and Janie Mayer (David); five granddaughters; mother, Jane Blackwell Hodges; sister, Joy Stringfellow (Larry Thrasher); and brothers, Martin, Tynes (Sally) and Jack Stringfellow.

Paula was the light of many people's lives who will never forget her. She always had a beautiful, happy smile, she loved people and they loved her. She lit up a room ... whether through her career as an interior decorator, her dancing, or her love for friends and family. Never before was there a woman so loved and cared about. Her husband will cherish their 45 years of dancing, loving and laughing together. Her family will cherish her smile and light forever.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. April 21 on Grayton Beach in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, her family has requested donations be sent in her honor to Alaqua Animal Refuge, or Seaside Repertory Theatre,