Paula Denise Mooneyham, 46, passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, after a long, courageous battle against breast cancer.

Paula was born on Dec. 6, 1965, to W. J. Stansbury and Marjorie E. Stansbury in Orange, being the last of nine children born to them. She was affectionately referred to by her family as “the caboose”. Paula grew up in Orange, graduating from West Orange-Stark High School in 1984. From there, she attended Alvin Community College, eventually receiving her certifications as an Official Court Reporter in 1986.

Paula began her career in Montgomery County and faithfully served as the official court reporter in the 284th Judicial District Court, the 9th Judicial District Court, and most recently in County Court at Law #2.

Paula was dedicated to her work, committed to the judges she served, and was always willing to assist in the courtroom in any way. With her bright smile and cheerful disposition, she was a daily inspiration to all those around her.

Paula leaves behind her beloved husband, William Gerald Mooneyham, whom she married on Aug. 1, 1988, and her two beloved sons, William Andrew Mooneyham and Samuel Franklin Mooneyham.

She is also survived by her mother, Marjorie E. Stansbury, of Orange, father, W. J. Stansbury and his wife, Connie, of Orange; brothers, David Stansbury and wife, Carol, Michael Stansbury and wife, JoAnn, Phillip Stansbury and wife, Kathleen, Darryl Stansbury and wife, Twila, Stephen Stansbury and wife, Sheila, and Jon Stansbury and wife, Susan; sisters, Resa Woolman and husband, Walter, and Cheryle Norman and husband Fred; mother and father-in-law, W. F. and Carolyn Mooneyham; sister-in-law, Melissa McGrath and husband, Greg, special aunt, Dona Hammet, as well as numerous other family members and friends.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for their care, especially in the last few weeks.

A celebration of Paula’s life will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 3801 South Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, with visitation beginning at 1:30 p.m., immediately followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m.

The family will again receive friends at a reception in the church fellowship hall after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Paula’s name to the American Cancer Society,; or because of Paula’s love of Jack Russell Terriers, any rescue organization dedicated to their rescue.