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Paula Jeanette Chicken

November 25, 1938 January 24, 2020
Paula Jeanette Chicken
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Paula Jeanette Chicken (81) passed away on January 24th, 2020 at the Aspirus Wausau Palliative Care Unit.

Paula was born November 25, 1938 to Thomas Earl & Mattie Elmira Ramage in Wichita Falls, Texas. As a child she was a voracious reader and gifted student, graduating from Wichita Falls High School in 1957 in the top 10% of her 500 member class. Upon graduation she worked as a secretary for the Department of Intelligence Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls.  It was there that she met a young Airman, Fred Michael Chicken, and wed on June 9th, 1961 at the Sheppard Air Force Base Chapel. They would be married for the next 58 years.

After her husband’s military service, Paula relocated to Wisconsin and eventually settled in the Wausau area in 1967. She was a Cub Scouts Den Mother, Village Treasurer and Grade School Aide at Rothschild Elementary. She also worked as a Secretary for Jack Williams Realty for much of the 1970s. In the early 1980s, she entered the North Central Technical Institute School of Nursing and was a Distinguished Graduate. Paula was a Registered Nurse for the next 30 years.

Paula is survived by her husband Fred, and 6 children, 5 sons and a daughter. Chris (Linda) Slepica of Oregon, Wisconsin, Eric (Rebecca Seelund) Chicken of Crawfordville, Florida, Kimberly (Lee) Knetter of DePere, Wisconsin, Mark Slepica of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Daniel (Elizabeth) Paul of Wausau, Wisconsin and Jonathan (Kelly Northup) Chicken of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. At the time of her passing Paula had 15 grandchildren.

Paula will be remembered for her quick wit, generous nature, great cooking and firm guidance. For family members, she was quick to speak her mind but always in a way to push all to be their best. Paula was a devoted wife, caring mother, loving grandmother and compassionate nurse. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Juanita and Helen and brothers Gene and Marshall.

A private family remembrance will be held Friday, January 31st 2020 at the Great Dane Pub and Restaurant in Wausau.


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