Mary Jane White Paulson



Mary Jane White Paulson passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Tallahassee. 

Mary Jane is survived by her sons Leo, Crawfordville, and Mark (Maria), San Francisco, Calif.;

daughters Jane (Milton) Martin, Crawfordville, and Jill (Skip) Berger of Margarita, Panama; daughter-in-law Cindy of Tallahassee; and son-in-law Wilson McCray of Fort Myers; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren from across the country who loved and adored her dearly. 

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Leigh C. “Cash,” son Mike and daughter Judy Weaver.

She had a wonderful life of 96 years, born on April 24, 1923, in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone to Walter and Helen White. 

She graduated from Balboa High School in 1941. They raised their six children in Gatun, Panama Canal Zone. Mary Jane and Cash retired to Tallahassee in 1978 surrounded by their growing family.  Mary Jane and Cash opened their home to everyone, they were known for having “The Grand Central Station” for family and friends to gather.

Mary Jane also had a “license to talk” - she received her Amateur Radio License in 1969. In 1976 she was awarded an Honorary Public Service Award for her humanitarian efforts connecting families with their loved ones. Her son Mike research the Canal Zone Ham Operators Archives and created KZ5LAND website in 2013 for QSL collections ( for more information).

Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Lewiswood Farm, 4500 Natural Bridge Road, Woodville, 32305.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary Jane’s life. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Panama Canal Zone Museum at its website

The family would like to thank the caregivers of Tapestry Assisted Living Walden, Dr. Florence Bamgbose and Big Bend Hospice staff for their care and dedication.