Paula Marlene "Biddy Jo" Kaufman, 72, of Portland, Indiana, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 28, 2020, while in the company of family members at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana.

Paula was born in Anderson, Indiana, on May 26, 1948, a daughter of the late Ella (Beeman) and Paul Clawson. She was a 1966 graduate of Muncie Southside High School, received her cosmetology degree from Amber's Beauty School and earned bachelor's degree in nursing in 1984 from Ball State University.

Paula was the widow of Dewayne Kaufman who she happily married on March 12, 1971, and sadly lost on Sept. 14, 2017.

She dedicated over 24 years of her life helping others as a registered nurse, being employed by Ball Memorial, Jay County and Marion hospitals as well as the New Castle Department of Corrections.

Paula is survived by two sons, Greg Edwards (wife: Ronyelle) of Portland, Indiana, and Shane Kaufman of Anderson, Indiana; one sister, Marvella Fletcher (husband: Tom) of Greenville, Ohio; two grandchildren, Dustan Ellingwood of Florida and Mason Edwards of Portland, Indiana; and one great-grandchild, Fox Ellingwood of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Dewayne; and grandchild Zachary Edwards.

Friends are invited to call Wednesday, July 1, 2020, from 4 to 7 p.m. at MJS Mortuaries – Redkey Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Steve Arnold officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Jay County Cancer Society.

Please be assured that for your health and safety all CDC, government and local health department recommendations and guidelines are followed (facility maximum of people at one time up to social distancing allowance for square footage, masks are to be worn while in attendance, social distancing is clearly marked, hand washing stations and sanitizers available, and extra cleaning and disinfecting measures have been taken).

Arrangements have been entrusted to MJS Mortuaries – Redkey Chapel.