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Paula Spano Gregg
December 19, 1939 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
Paula Spano Gregg, 84, passed away on 7 January 2024. Born on December 19, 1939, she was the loving daughter of Edward R. and Gladys M. Spano and spent her childhood in Spring Valley, Washington DC, graduating from Mt. Vernon Seminary High School. In 1961, Paula received her BA in Fine Arts from Goucher College.
Paula Met the love of her life, John Alexander “Alec” Gregg, at a mutual friend’s party and it was love at first sight. They “went steady” for 4 years and were married on September 17, 1960. Together they raised 3 children and were blessed with 3 grandchildren. Sharing a love of travel, Paula and Alec explored most of the US, and much of Europe and Asia; often with family and friends.
Although she worked briefly outside the home, Paula was most proud of her roles as a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Starting her married life as a Navy wife, she created a loving and stable home which supported her husband and nurtured her children. Paula always saw the good in everyone and, even in the most difficult situations, she found the silver lining. She taught her children and grandchildren to be kind and caring to all, modeling this in her work as a community volunteer. She served as a room mother, Girl Scout leader, and was active in many youth organizations, church and school functions. Paula strove to make the community a better place for all, especially her family.
Paula was always eager to help her kids and grandkids with school projects, create arts and crafts with them, and play games. She attended numerous school and community concerts, plays, and sporting events... always cheering loudly. She was also quick to offer a word of encouragement or shoulder to cry on. She genuinely cared for everyone.
During her golden years, Paula continued to volunteer and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Chapter at All Saints Episcopal Church and the Altar Guild. For several years, Paula volunteered as an usher at The Family Circle Tennis Tournament on Hilton Head Island. Paula also enjoyed spending time with close friends – especially the “Bailey’s Group”.
Paula was preceded in death by her husband, Alec, of 62 years. She is survived by her 3 loving children and their spouses Gladys “Gegi” Leeger and David Leon Leeger; Paula Maria Gregg and Randal B. Gunn; and John Edward “Ted” Gregg and Jennifer Neuschatz-Gregg. She also leaves 3 grandchildren Randal A. Gunn, Cory Gunn, and Rose Leeger.
Paula will be interred along with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery later this year.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in her memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.