Elvira Paul has been devoted for some 40 years to assisting Dominican Sisters, first of Oxford and then when they merged with six other congregations to become the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Over the years, she helped at the retreat house in Oxford and also as an associate in visiting people in need. Now it’s her turn to receive assistance as a resident of the Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.
Elvira suffered two broken arms in May and came to Lourdes for care. She plans after recovering to move to The Meadows in New Baltimore to be close to her daughter, Joan Fetty. Elvira also has a son, Mark Paul, and four grandchildren.
Born July 6, 1930, in Detroit, Elvira grew up on the city’s east side and attended Guardian Angels Grade School and Dominican High. She received an associate’s degree in accounting from Wayne State University and spent 10 years at Architectural Distributers, which did work for the U.S. Gypsum Company’s building materials.
Elvira married Richard Paul in September of 1949 and the couple was together for nearly 39 years until his death in 1988. They traveled extensively, and Elvira feels blessed that they saw nine different countries and 29 states. Both were active in the Order of Alhambra, a Catholic fraternal organization.