Paula McKenzie (October 1, 1953 – January 22, 2023)

Paula McKenzie

Paula McKenzie passed away on the evening of January 22, 2023, after a long battle with lung disease. Her departure came suddenly after a brief illness left her body unable to fight back. She left this world surrounded by love.

Paula Jean McKenzie (nee Dalpiaz) was born October 1, 1953, to Rena (Neideriaufner) and Eligio Dalpiaz in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

She attended grade school in Superior, Wyoming where she lived with her parents until the closing of the coal mine. They moved to Rock Springs where Paula went on to graduate from Rock Springs High School with the class of 1972.

Paula met her husband Pat in 1973, and they quickly fell in love. They married on October 5, 1973, in a small ceremony in the living room of Pat’s parents (Earl and Mary McKenzie). Paula was welcomed into the McKenzie family with open arms. They expanded their family with the births of their three children Brian, Jonathan, and Erin.

Paula moved with her family to Cody, Wyoming in 1997 where she worked at Beartooth Floral for many years. She enjoyed anything to do with showing her artistic side, from floral design to taking painting classes, to sewing and quilting.  Over the last few years, she focused more on quilting and embroidery and loved going to retreats where she often made gifts for her loved ones.

She left an indelible mark on anyone who crossed her path, and she will be greatly missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her parents Eligio and Rena Dalpiaz, her in-laws Earl and Mary McKenzie, brother-in-law Ted Anderson, and several aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her loving husband Patrick, sons Brian and Jonathan (Christina), daughter Erin, and her grandchildren Abigail, Ezra, and Annika who were the light of her life. She is also survived by her sister Annette, brother Ed (Pat), sister-in-law Sandy as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life and luncheon will be conducted from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs, WY.  

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