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Karen “Kay” Sue Paulissen Obituary

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Karen “Kay” Sue (Pirtle) Paulissen, age 73, and long-time resident of Garland, TX, passed away on February 14, 2020. She was born September 28, 1946, in Dallas, TX, to Billy Liner Pirtle and Clois D. (Tutle) Pirtle. Kay and her husband Philip were long-time members of Eastern Hills Country Club in Garland, TX, for over 30 years. She was the president of DACA (Drywall & Acoustical Contractors Association). Kay was President and co-owner of KAT Specialties and was known in their industry as the “Queen of Construction”. In her free time, Kay enjoyed crafting, potting plants, gardening, and shopping. She loved holidays and gatherings with her family and friends. She would hold an annual Paulissen Easter Egg Hunt where she hid hundreds of money-filled eggs for all the kids (young and old) to enjoy. Christmas was her favorite time of year as she just loved to give and had a way of making everything special. Kay was a generous woman and touched the lives of many people. She had a heart for people without families and it was important to her that people were taken care of. Her family was the most important thing in her life. Kay was the “Greatest Memaw Ever”. She will be deeply missed by everyone who loved her.

Kay is survived by her loving husband of 35 years: Philip Paulissen of Garland, TX; daughter: Keri Westmoreland and husband Andy of Rockwall, TX; sons: Kevin Adds and wife Tina of Royse City, and Jim Paulissen and wife Elizabeth of Garland, TX; grandchildren: Marissa Bothun, Trevor Westmoreland, Mikaya Westmoreland, Andrew De Leon, Kaylee Cooper, Nathan Adds, Avery Adds, Brooklynn Adds, Matt Kemp, Dax Bennington, Reid Bennington, and Noah Tracy; five great-grandchildren; sister: Kelly Womack and many extended family members and friends, and beloved caregiver: Carson Gibbs.

A celebration of Kay’s life will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday, February 21, 2020, at Reflections at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Location.

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