Paula Nahayowski

September 23, 1976 - April 4, 2021
April 7, 2021 22 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paula Nahayowski, beloved Mother, Daughter, Wife and friend.

Paula was born in Orofino, Idaho, September 1976, to Diane Packer and Ron Roy. She grew up in Orofino, and was passionate about sports and playing softball and volleyball. She graduated from high school as valedictorian and was a member of the Baptist church, participating in several youth activities. In 1997, her wonderful son Cody was born in Idaho. As a single working mom, she put herself through university graduating from the University of Idaho, with Accounting and Finance Degrees.

Paula and Cody moved to Edmonton in the spring of 2005 and Paula and Darren were married that summer. In 2009, Paula gave birth to her lovely daughter Sophia. Paula was a devoted and loving mother to her children. She never missed any of their events or activities. She volunteered on the board at Air Cadets and helped backstage at many dance recitals and competitions.
Paula started working at Alberta Health Services in 2006 while continuing her education. In 2010 she became a Certified General Accountant and had both her CPA and CGA designations. Paula was very committed to her work at AHS and she valued the people and many friendships she made there.

Paula was passionate about playing card games, board games, and online word games with family and friends. She was a gracious winner and although didn’t enjoy losing, she was always up for the rematch. She enjoyed reading and discussing the numerous books she read.

Paula is survived by her husband Darren Nahayowski, son Cody Van De Schiltz, daughter Sophia Nahayowski, mother Dianne Packer, father Ron Roy, grandmother Rose Roy, sisters Melissa (Guy), Rhonda, Heidi (Ken), Dessie (Steve), several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends. She is predeceased by her sister Glenda, grandparents Anna Hunter, Roscoe Hunter, and Carl Roy.

Paula passed on April 4th, after a courageous battle with cancer. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Roozen Family Hospice Centre for their care and support during her final days. As Paula was a long-time supporter of the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Paula’s memory to either the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation or the Cross Cancer Institute.

A private small service will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm, and will be streamed online here; Memorial Service for Paula Nahayowski

  1. Sincerest condolences to Paula’s family for their loss. Paula will be dearly missed by all who worked with her and were fortunate to call her a friend. She will be dearly missed.

  2. My deepest condolences to the whole family. I can’t forget how Paula was very helpful to me and so detailed to make sure I get the answer that I need. She will be missed.

  3. Paula was a beautiful and knowledgeable person, and she was a great manager and friend. She will be missed deeply. Sending loves and hugs to Paula’s families and friends.

  4. Our sincere condolences to the family.
    It is hard to see and at the same time uplifting how woman fight for her life for the sake of family. But no more pain for you Paula but the hurt in our hearts stay. May eternal rests grant unto Paula and may perpetual light shine upon her and may she rests in peace. My thoughts and prayers of comfort for the family left behind. Paula did a good fight but God loves her more.

  5. Paula was a beautiful woman inside out. She will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to her family.

  6. My condolences to Darren, Cody, Sophia and all of Paula’s family and friends. I have known and worked with Paula since she started at AHS and Capital Health. Cancer takes too many people far too soon, and Paula will be deeply missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Paula, you will be dearly missed, and our shared memories will never be forgotten. During these difficult days of parting and sadness, I am praying for all those grieving this significant loss. May God’s assurance that there is a place where every tear is wiped away, there is no more mourning, crying, or pain bring you comfort.

  8. My sincerest condolences to Paula’s family for their loss. I worked with Paula for several years until retiring from AHS in 2019. She was such a great person and always available to help with my many pestering and naive accounting questions. She’d respond with a smile and never showed any frustration. Paula, you will be sorrowfully missed, but I know your generous soul and kind spirit will live on in all who were blessed to to have you in their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with Darren, Cody, Sophia and the entire family.

  9. Darren, Cody, Sophia, and Diane,
    Please accept my deepest condolences. Paula was such a wonderful person who inspired everyone she met. She was an incredible professional, friend, and mom. I will forever cherish my memories of our time together.

  10. My sincere condolences to Paula’s family. I will remember her courage and her kindness. We miss her.

  11. Darren, Cody, Sophia, Diane and family my thoughts and hugs are with you during this difficult time. Paula brought so many people in her world happiness, kindness and patience. She had a joy for life that was hard to miss and a feistiness that I makes me smile when I think of her. She’s missed very much in our lives, I’m honored that she called me friend.

    The Barbara

  12. I am indebted to Paula for her always pleasant and timely support for me in managing and reporting on my assigned capital projects for ov 13 years. Paula always returns my call asap and spares time to meet with me when I showed up at her office without any appointment. My sincere condolences to Paula’s family.

  13. Our deepest condolences to Darren and family. Paula was a kind and generous soul with a heart of gold and so loved her family. She worked hard and gave even harder. I will forever cherish the memories I have and am so grateful for knowing her. Thinking of you all .

  14. Paula is so very missed. Paula was a beautiful soul and amazing to work with. She never hesitated to help me with my many, many accounting questions and providing me with clarity on the many funding issues that arise. I miss our conversations, her patience and her beautiful smile. My condolence’s to Paula’s family.

  15. My sincere condolences to all of Paula’s family and friends. She was always so patient and kind with my silly Finance questions, she will be dearly missed by all her co-workers. Sending you all strength during this difficult time.

  16. My deepest condolences to Paula’s family on the day of her funeral. She was a great friend, no matter how busy of full her plate was she was always willing to help someone out. Her memory will live on forever in her two wonderful children and in all the hearts she has touched. Love and miss you Paula.

  17. Sending my most sincere condolences to all those that are mourning the loss of such a dedicated, lovely, graceful woman. Paula and I mostly had a long-distance relationship, having met her a handful of times but each encounter was always productive and positive. May everyone find peace & comfort in their treasured memories.

  18. Sending our heartfelt condolences Darren, Cody, and Sophia my heart breaks for you all. Although we never visited much ,I’m so grateful that Paula gave my nephew Darren so much happiness. Rest easy,Paula.

  19. Sending our deepest condolences to my nephew Darren, Sophie, and Cody. Walk easy Paula and thank you for bringing happiness into our family life, although I never got to visit you very much through the years you will be lovingly remembered. Love Auntie Cathy

  20. My sincere condolences to Paula’s family. Paula was a joy and pleasure to work with …. always helpful, always patient. Paula is missed.
    The flags at AHS have been lowered for Prince Philip this week, but today …. also for Paula.

  21. Kelly and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  22. My deepest condolences to Darren, Cody , Sophia and all who Paula touched. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Rest Easy my friend ❤️

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