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Obituaries » Paula Ann Cheatwood

Paula Ann Cheatwood, 62, of Warrenton, passed away peacefully at her home on January 28, 2021, after a long battle with brain cancer.

Paula is survived by her daughter, Sallie Pisch (Charley); her stepson, Mark Pisch (Regina), and her granddaughters, Adrienne, Evelyn and Emily Rose.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Annie Rose, and by her parents, William Hunt and Annie Mae Cheatwood.

Paula was born on August 31, 1958 in Warrenton\. She graduated from Fauquier High School in 1976 and from Franklin Pierce College in 1980 with a double degree in psychology and education. She was an avid outdoorswoman who summited Denali in 1984 and Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1989, and had a feature in South Dakota’s Wind Cave named after her (Paula’s Virgin Pit) during a mapping expedition with the National Outdoor Leadership School in 1981.

“Ms. Paula” was beloved at Boxwood Montessori School in Warrenton for more than 25 years, first as a teacher and later as headmistress. She taught generations of children to swim, garden and care for their environment with enduring grace and patience. Paula also worked with organizations including Verdun, Hemlock Overlook and Outward Bound as a team development facilitator.

Paula was a lifelong member of the Warrenton United Methodist Church, a member of the P.E.O., and regularly volunteered her time with the Fauquier County Fair, the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary and various mission trips. Paula’s friends knew her for her big heart, her love of travel and adventure, her spontaneity and her parties. She always came prepared!

Paula’s greatest joy in life was her children.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the funeral service will be private. The internment service at Warrenton Cemetery will be open to the public and will begin at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13. W. Hunt Cheatwood will also be interred. All in attendance should follow CDC guidelines and maintain 6 feet between households. A celebration of life will be planned for August 31, 2021.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warrenton United Methodist Church, the Fauquier Family Shelter or the National Outdoor Leadership School.

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