Paula T. Ciara, 71, educator, city native

October 02, 2004

Paula T. Ciara, a former educator who had been active in the Junior League of Baltimore, died of cancer Sept. 24 at her home in North Falmouth, Mass. She was 71.

She was born Paula Tippett in Baltimore and raised in the city's Homewood section. She was the daughter of the late William T. Tippett, chief judge of the old People's Court.

A graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School, she earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1954 from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a master's in education in 1979 from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Mass.

She was formerly a member of the board of the Junior League of Baltimore and active with the League of Women Voters here.

After her marriage in 1961 to Mario Paul Ciara, a mechanical engineer who worked for General Electric Corp., the couple moved to Hamilton, Mass. She later taught in elementary schools in Massachusetts and worked in real estate sales.

Since retiring in 1996, she had lived in North Falmouth, where services were held Wednesday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ciara is survived by two daughters, Susan C. Hathaway of Darien, Conn., and Ann C. Olsen of Magnolia, Mass.; a sister, Jacqueline Sunderland Finer of Washington; and three grandchildren.

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