CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Paula Tipton Takacs, beloved wife, loyal daughter, devoted friend, and loving mother, passed away at home, surrounded by friends and family, on April 13, 2014, after a 9.5 year battle with cancer. Paula was 40 years old.
Raised in Marietta, Paula graduated second in her class from Marietta High School. She later attended Wake Forest University, where she was named to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in business. While at Wake Forest, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta society. The summer of her junior year she studied at Oxford University in Oxford, England. She later earned her MBA in finance from Duke University, graduating with honors as a Fuqua Scholar. Professionally, she had a successful career as both an investment and commercial banker for Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C.
Paula loved athletics and being outside. She thoroughly enjoyed running and was an avid tennis player. She enjoyed playing on the tennis team at Carmel Country Club. Paula was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and taught in the children's Sunday School program. She was a volunteer in the library at Charlotte Latin School, where her son is a student. Paula enjoyed reading and derived much pleasure from her book club. She also enjoyed baking and prided herself on always finding the perfect dessert for her guests. Above all, Paula loved her family and wanted nothing more than for her son and husband to lead as normal a life as possible as she battled her disease.
In November 2004, nine days following the birth of her son, Graham, Paula was diagnosed with liposarcoma, a rare cancer of the connective tissue. Determined not to let cancer beat her, Paula exhausted every available treatment option, often refusing to take no for an answer. While battling this rare disease, Paula and her husband, Geof, established a foundation to help fund research for all types of soft-tissue sarcoma. Because sarcomas are so rare, they lack the funding of other more well known cancers and most research money raised is from private donations. Through its annual fundraiser, The Sarcoma Stomp, the Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research was able to donate more than $350,000 which went directly to fund clinical trials at leading sarcoma research centers.
Paula was born Feb. 14, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio, to Drs. Jon and Martha Tipton. She is survived by her husband, Geoffrey, and son, Graham, of Charlotte, N.C.; her parents of Marietta; father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Marcia Takacs, of Charlotte, N.C.; sister Nicole Coil (Rob) niece and nephew, Meredith and Adam, all of Marietta; brother-in-law, Gregory Takacs (Elizabeth), nephews Geoffrey and Jake, all of Monroe, Conn. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Paula was preceded in death by her grandparents, Paul and Jeanette Tipton of The Plains, Ohio, and Herbert and Florene Johnson of Decatur, Miss.
A memorial service was held at Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research, P.O. Box 78416; Charlotte, N.C., 28271; or via its website paulatakacsfoundation.org/
Online condolences may be made at www.carolinafuneral.com.