Bengtson, Paula (Mrs. W.H.)



January 3, 1908-March 30, 1963
                When the history of Methodism is written, high in the list of influencing factors will be the Parsonettes. It is almost beyond measure. These lovely ladies have marched down the years hand in hand with their husbands, sharing success and failure, joy and disappointment, and keeping the parsonage attractive and livable. All honor is due the Parsonettes.
                Against the background of this, let us evaluate Mrs. W. H. Bengtson (Paula). Coming into the parsonage life later in life, she became a tower of strength and peace to her husband, Bill Bengtson. He was alone, in the lonely years following the untimely death of his wife, the mother of his children. They had all gone from the home base. Paula came to Winnsboro as the wife of the pastor.
                It requires unusual ability and spirit for any girl to live in this strange relation to people in the church. Even those who marry young find its problems numerous. To come after years of life outside this relationship requires much more. But she did it with beautiful grace and loveliness.
                Paula was born Jan. 3, 1908 at Sealy, Texas. She attended public school there and later went to West Texas State College where she received her B.S. degree. She also received her Master’s Degree from the University of Houston and taught in the Texas schools for twenty-four years.
                She and Bill were married September 15, 1956 and she was the wife of the pastor at Winnsboro and Many, La. She departed this life March 3, 1963 after an illness of several weeks. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. W. H. Bengtson of Many, and one brother, Ben R. Luhn of Houston. Services were held April 1 in the Many Methodist Church by Dr. James T. Harris, and she was buried in Sealy, Texas, the place of her birth, on April 2.
May God richly bless the memory of this lovely lady whose brief parsonage life blessed so many.

Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1963; p. 271       By Jolly B. Harper

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