In Memory

Paula Cota (Malina)

Paula Cota (Malina)

Paula Kay Malina passed away on January 1, 2014 from complications from pneumonia. She is survived by her husband, Marshall; her son, Todd; and 2 granddaughters, Kaeli and Dena. Paula was born on August 22, 1951 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and lived in Phoenix and Tempe all of her life. She was an accomplished singer and toured Poland with the Central United Methodist Church Choir and with her first husband, Jeffrey Colt, in 1974. She married Marshall in April 1978. Paula was a passionate supporter of animal rights and environmental causes, always willing to make donations to those types of groups.

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01/05/19 03:42 PM #1    

Robyn Unwin (Wright)

This was posted on after her death:

This is Marshall Malina writing this paragraph. I am Paula's husband. Paula passed away on January 1st, 2014, from complications from pneumonia that we didn't even know she had. I would invite anyone to email me for more information, but apparently, email addresses are not allowed on this website. This was Paula's writing: In recent years I've become a real political armchair activist. I sign lots of petitions, send lots of emails, and donate as much, when & where I can to humanitarian, animal activist & ecological causes. I'm not quite a "flaming liberal", but I come pretty close. My favorite news programs are Keith Olbermann & Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. I sponsor a girl in Guatemala thru a CARE plan that helps teen girls become more self-reliant, and I give monthly to many animal activist groups. We're not wealthy, but I do what I can because there is such great need in the world, & I feel I have been very lucky.Whenever I can, I try to pass on the importance of sharing & helping to my grandkids.

06/24/19 10:20 PM #2    

Steven Lady

I liked Paula.  We got to know each other through a mutual friend.  It seems we often sat together in the library although I do not remember why we were in the library (whether on assignment for a class or just landing there during a free period).  I just remember her being kind and easy to talk to.  And all of us at our table constantly being shushed by the librarian.  Paula had a sensitive heart for others even in high school.

06/25/19 05:28 PM #3    

John Sanders

I fondly remember Paula, first from our days singing in the choirs at West, and later from singing in the choir at Central Methodist Church. I too was a member of the choir as we toured Poland. My wife Nancy and I enjoyed socialiing with the Malinas at other church choir members homes. Marshall was quite the character. We miss those days.

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