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NEWTON, NH: Maryclaire (Ward) Paullis, age 48, of Newton, N.H., died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, December 12, 2015. She was the beloved wife of 21 years of Kevin “Jay” Paullis.

Born in Philidelphia, Pa., December 22, 1966, she was one of three children of Paul J. Ward and Barbara B. (Bowers) Ward. Maryclaire attended Emerson College and went on to receive her Master’s degree in education from Lesley University in Cambridge. This led her to a dedicated career as a teacher at Sparhawk School in Amesbury. Maryclaire’s full life also included practicing yoga at the instructor level, sharing her gentle passion for that art with both adults and children. Enthusiasm was present in whatever she did. Her boundless creativity was expressed through many arts. Maryclaire’s devotion to family, friends, and students, as well as her tenderness and positivity define a young woman who we will miss in our hearts everyday.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she is survived by her two sons, Liam Paullis and Eli Paullis, and her two daughters, Sarah Paullis and Emily Paullis, all of Newton, N.H.; her two brothers, P. Jason Ward of Norwalk, Conn., and Matthew Christian Ward and wife, Kristin of Holliston, Mass.; along with several nieces and nephews. She was beloved not just by her family and friends, but by everyone she met, and especially by all her students.

Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, will be Sunday, December 20, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Donations in her memory may be made out to The Sparhawk PTO, in care of the Maryclaire Paullis Scholarship Fund, 4 Noel Street, Amesbury, MA 01913.
Published on  December 17, 2015
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