Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 31, 2013

Paula Kaye “Kay” Bagley

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — I've fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

Paula Kaye Bagley, 50, finished her Christian race on Friday, May 24, 2013, at Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie, Texas, where she resided. Born May 10, 1963, in Jacksonville, Texas, she was the youngest daughter of Romeo and Alma Bagley's eight children.

After graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1981, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Paula continued her collegiate education at Prairie View A&M University where she earned a master's degree in education and certifications in counseling, as a reading specialist and as a learning disability specialist.

Paula was a skilled practitioner and a force for changing the academic outcomes of at-risk and special education students. Her goal for each child is that they leave her classroom with a solid foundation in literacy. She began her career in Beaumont ISD as a first grade teacher. While traveling and enjoying her career, she taught in Austin ISD, Houston ISD, Windham ISD and Waxahachie ISD. She also worked as an instructional supervisor, where she trained, created and implemented educational programs for teachers to ensure students' success. Her devotion and dedication in education earned her many awards and honors.

Paula, also an educational consultant, shared her expertise in presenting at conferences and workshops. As a writer, she authored “L.I.G.H.T.,” a Christian book and curriculum; “Brain Pop,” a workshop connecting the effects of the brain on the struggling learner; and “Who is the Big Cheese,” a Christian Program for Children.

As the Scripture says, “I kept the faith,” Paula walked a walk of faith. As she traveled, she always united with a church to worship. Paula was an active member of the Oak Cliff Baptist Fellowship in Dallas, Texas.

Paula was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Exceptional Children's Council, Who's Who Among American Teachers and many other educational associations.

Paula was a loving sister, aunt, co-worker and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Romeo and Alma Bagley.

Her survivors include Nan Haynes of Beaumont, Texas; Romeo (Viola) Bagley of Desoto, Texas; Dorisell (Val) Bagley of Houston; Leo (Mona) Bagley of Channelview, Texas; Gaile (Edward) Shaw of Beaumont, Texas; her twin brother Paul Ray (Debra) Bagley of Denton, Texas; and nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A celebration of Paula's life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. (preceded by viewing from 9-11 a.m.) at Benson Memorial CME Church under the direction of Williams Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Texas.