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Paula Buford

July 23, 1943 — February 8, 2022

Paula Buford, 78, of Silvis, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus Silvis.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline.  Memorials may be made to the family.

Paula was born on July 23, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Hans and Phyllis (Baker) Thomsen. She married James Buford on June 20, 1970.  Paula took pleasure in tending to her home and she loved sewing and knitting.  She enjoyed traveling, planting flowers, and taking pictures of her beautiful garden.

Survivors include her husband, James; daughters, Crystal Pauley, Melissa (Jason) Vaughn; sons, Jeffrey Hawotte, Douglas Hawotte; grandchildren, Brittney Delles (Justin) Ashby, Brandon (Jennifer) Delles, Garret Hawotte; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Jan (Ed) Hill, Cindy (Steve) Johnson; and 6 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents and son-in-law, Kim.

Memories may be shared on the tribute wall.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd.

6601 38th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265

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