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Up close and personal with Paula Pugh | HOMETOWN HERO

Evelyn Transeth and her daughter Paula Pugh, this month
Evelyn Transeth and her daughter Paula Pugh, this month's Hometown Hero, take a brief walk outside of their Saratoga neighborhood. Transeth lives just down the road from Pugh.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Your favorite song?

“I first fell in love with ‘On Eagles’ Wings’ when I heard South Whidbey musician Karl Olsen sing it, and it always brings me to tears. ‘You shall dwell in the shelter of the Lord, Who Abide in His Shadow for life. Say to the Lord, My Refuge. My Rock in whom I trust. And he will Raise you up on Eagles’ Wings, and make you shine like the sun.’”

What is one of the hardest things in life you went through?

“Watching my sister die of cancer at age 52.”

What is class?

“Seeing the inside of everyone. Treating everyone with the same dignity if they step out of a limousine or are homeless on the street.”

What question would you ask God?

“Why the reason for suffering? Why do children not all have enough food and love? Why the need for wars? I don’t understand.”

What inanimate object would you like to be for a day?

“I don’t think anything is truly inanimate, everything has molecules, everything was made by God or a human for a purpose, and it’s all made out of materials from the world.”

What book would you like to write someday?

“I just wrote it, titled ‘Celebrating and Beginnings and Endings, Mark the Moment Book 1.’”

What is something a lot do not know about you?

“I am afraid to throw anything out. I may need it one day; also I have emotional attachments to everything. Maybe this is a scarcity problem, it could just be a flaw.”

Your favorite book?

“My favorite book changes all the time, but recently I read, ‘When Helping Hurts’ (Corbett and Fikkert). I think this is an important book for all who volunteer or do mission work. Also the book ‘Proof of Heaven’ (Alexander), where a hard core scientist, neurologist, unbeliever went into a coma and felt heaven.”

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