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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Paula Kay Hatfield was born on March 22, 1953, in Thayer, Missouri, the daughter of Johnnie Smith and Marjorie Hefner Smith, and passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 69.

She was united in marriage on August 3, 1996, in Koshkonong, Missouri to William Curtis Hatfield.

Paula is survived by her husband, William Hatfield; one daughter, Stacie Rae Huffman; one step-son, Jacob Donavan Hatfield; three sisters, Dianne Sharp, Peggy Earls and Katherine Ollar; three grandchildren, Tanner Huffman, Kelsie Landreth and Jacob Donavan Hatfield, Jr.; and two great grandchildren, Eleanor Landreth and Bentley Huffman; other relatives; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Marjorie Smith; one daughter, Crystal Dawn Butler; and one son, Leslie Wayne Butler.

Paula was a hairdresser for over 40 years.  She enjoyed camping and floating.  She also loved traveling with her family.  She was good at crocheting.  However, most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Paula will truly be missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services for Paula Hatfield will be held on Friday, July 15, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Interment will be on Friday, July 15, 2022, in Shiloh Grand Gulf Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.




  1. Kay
    July 13, 2022 @ 2:08 pm

    So sorry to read this. Paula was a great woman at the shop and willing to share a comment. Enjoyed her a lot.

  2. Virginia Howell
    July 13, 2022 @ 3:35 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family ????

  3. Cindi Poulson
    July 13, 2022 @ 7:52 pm

    One of the greatest ladies I ever met! She was such a blessing to so many of us. Prayers for all of her family ❤?❤

  4. Terri Tompson
    July 14, 2022 @ 10:56 am

    Paula was truly one of the great ones. I will miss her smile and her twinkle. May God strengthen her family to face the challenging days ahead.

  5. Reva Langley
    July 14, 2022 @ 11:43 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Paula. Although, I haven’t been around after all of us grew up I have many happy memories of all of us as kids.. Paula was always so sweet, her pretty smile & kind heart will not be forgotten. Love & prayers for all of you,
    Reva Langley

  6. Debbie
    July 14, 2022 @ 3:51 pm

    Dearest Kathy and Paula’s beloved family. I feel so profoundly for your loss. Words cannot express my sorrow. May each of you rally around one another and help comfort one and all.
    Debbie Shepard Holloway

  7. Erin Frealy
    July 14, 2022 @ 7:31 pm

    Paula was one of my first friends in Missouri. She cut my hair for years. She and Jake loved across the street from my parents. She was always wonderful to them. Paula and Jake were friends with my Brother, and very kind to me when I lost him. Sge was a wonderful person. I know she is with our Lord.
    You are in my thoughts Jake.

  8. Vicky Kopf
    July 15, 2022 @ 10:01 pm

    To the family of Paula,
    It was a great privilege to know Paula, she always had time to fit me in for a haircut every time I was able to make it back. She was truly a wonderful soul with a heart of gold. My thoughts and prayers are with her entire family and all her friends, I know she will be missed beyond measures.

  9. Melinda DeShazo Brenton
    July 22, 2022 @ 8:01 am

    To Jake & Families,
    I am so saddened to read of this sweet ladies passing, and I must chime the way others feel a loss of such a very sweeyt and good hearted lady. I started going to her not too long after she got on out of school and we hit it off, she always had good things to share that were up lifting every time you were in her chair. She was always a sweet lady and thrilled to see to you and visit with you anytime .