Paula DaSantos

Paula DaSantos (Crine)

Tuesday, April 24th, 1951 - Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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Paula Crine DaSantos, age 69, passed away September 1, 2020. She passed away peacefully while with
one of her best friends at one of her favorite places, the shore.
She was born April 24, 1951 in Freehold, New Jersey to Mary and Paul Crine and was one of five sisters. Her sisters were Barbara (Bobbie), Marianne (Cookie), Karen, and Joanne (Jo). She met the love
of her life, Deryl DaSantos, while out for a stroll on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Paula and Deryl soon married on February 24, 1973 and planted roots in Georgia.

Paula was known to light up a room with just her smile. She loved her family, teaching, gardening, her dogs, her chickens, and her life. Paula touched so many lives throughout the years. She was the best wife, mom, sister, grandmother, aunt, teacher, and friend. She had a love of animals starting at a very young age which all started with a monkey that her sister gave her. She always had several projects in motion at any given moment and wasn’t finished with them until they were perfect. She was never one to sit idle.

For over 25 years, Paula taught in the Cherokee County School District. She was born to teach and help young children find their own path. She treated every child as if they were her own, and she wanted nothing but the best for each of her students. She strived for excellence in everything she did. She never allowed a roadblock to get in her way. She began college at the age of 40 all while pregnant with her third child, mothering two boys, and working two jobs, one being a full-time Paraprofessional at Canton Elementary School. She later went on to receive her Master’s degree in childhood education and, if that weren’t enough, she pushed beyond her Master’s degree to receive her Educational Specialist.

To know Paula was to love her. She put everyone’s needs in front of her own. She never met a stranger. She always gave people the benefit of the doubt. She was a devoted Catholic and lived her life to serve for the greater good. She gave her children and husband the gift of encouragement, pride, and compassion. The world is a better place to have had Paula in it. Her gifts will forever flourish in the hearts of those she touched.

Paula is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Deryl Aubrey DaSantos, two sons and their wives, Nick and Natalie DaSantos, Grant and Chloe DaSantos, a daughter and her husband, Danielle and James Cosey, and four grandchildren: Adeline, Taj, Emerson, and Maple DaSantos. She is also survived by sisters Joanne Hurley and Barbara Moore, brother-in-laws Gary Corliss and Bob Ulrich, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Pamela and John Schofield, sister-in-law Tamara DaSantos and many nephews. Her family was her life and she was immensely proud of them all, just as they always were of her.

Although Paula’s funeral is limited to immediate family due to the country’s current restrictions, we ask that you continue to celebrate her life and share the many memories you have of her. Paula’s funeral is scheduled for Monday September 14, 2020 at the Georgia National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you make a designated donation to Paula’s garden club: Trayletaah Garden Club – Susan O’Neill 800 Sutallee Ridge Trail NE White GA 30184. The donations will specifically be used for the flowers on Paula’s grave and garden club projects that she cared deeply about.
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    Monday, September 14th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Monday, September 14th, 2020 9:00am
    Georgia National Cemetery
    1080 Veterans Cemetery RD
    Canton, GA 30114
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Becky Baldwin

Posted at 11:18am
I met Paula in 1997 when my daughter was one of her Kindergarten students. We developed a lasting friendship and she is truly one of my favorite people in this world. She is such a joy to be around. Together we experienced girl scout camping trips, swim lessons, school field trips, trips to Six Flags (which I'm sure was our girl's favorites) . So many happy, happy memories. I miss her already. God bless her family. My thoughts are with you all.

Wright Family

Posted at 11:33am
Having been friends with Nick and his family for several years, my family would say "man! they are truly nice people". Then, after we had the pleasure to meet and spend time with Paula and Deryl, we understood where the kindness, humor and compassion was birthed. I had the pleasure of capturing the family in a casual family photo I took back in the early spring. Paula's essence is apparent and will remain with our family onward. Thank you for the blessing. The Wright Family

Janna Lundak

Posted at 05:25pm
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Paula.
We all have those friends who are at the top of our list that we truly admire, think of often, may not see as often as we should, but always think of them as enjoying their families and getting the most out of life. Paula was that friend. I always loved seeing her family photos on social media.
Every time I did see her ... the most beautiful smile greeted me with a warm and loving hug.
Condolences to all her family and many, many friends.
Janna Lundak, neighbor and friend

Nellie Johnson

Posted at 10:36pm
I was so blessed to teach with Paula at Canton and Hasty Elementary. I am grateful that we were on the same team for awhile and then when I taught EIP, I had the opportunity to work in her classroom with her students. I loved seeing her in action. Our oldest daughter, Aubrey, was in Paula’s last class before she retired. We were so thankful that she made her mark on Aubrey’s life. Paula was such a fun, loving, and remarkable lady! She taught me so much about teaching, parenting, and loving life. Thank you, Lord, for allowing our paths to cross. We are praying for your whole family! Many blessings! Nellie Johnson

Connie Miller

Posted at 01:59pm
What a sweet lady Paula was. She was a parapro when our daughter was in kindergarten and then she was my sons kindergarten teacher her first year as a teacher. She truly loved each of those kids as her own. She set great boundaries for the children but never failed to show her love to each and every one. God bless you all.

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