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CHAMPAIGN — Paula Gray Havlik, 66, a resident of rural Vienna, Ill., passed away at home Saturday morning (Jan. 15, 2022) at 12:45 a.m.

Paula was born April 17, 1955, in Champaign. She was the daughter of Harold Gray and Betty (McHenry) Gray. On Jan. 1, 1994, Paula was united in marriage to John Havlik in Champaign. He survives.

In addition to her husband, Paula is survived by two children, Ben (Tamkin) Havlik of Lisle and Katrin Havlik of Naples, Fla.; two grandchildren, Isa Havlik and Iman Havlik, both of Lisle; and two brothers, Alan Gray and Kevin Gray, both of Memphis, Tenn.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents.

Paula was a 1973 graduate of Rantoul Township High School. She earned a master’s degree in oral interpretation from the University of Illinois in 1979. Paula served as a University of Illinois Alumni Relations officer and was affiliated with the University Master Naturalist Program. Paula served as membership director for the Friends of the Cache River Watershed and edited the organization’s quarterly newsletter.

In accordance with her wishes, a private family service will be conducted.

Donations in Paula’s memory are suggested to the Friends of the Cache River Watershed, 8885 Illinois 37 South, Cypress, IL 62923; or the Illinois Native Plant Society, P.O. Box 60694, Chicago, IL 60660. To share a memory of Paula or to leave an online message of condolence for her family, please visit Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home, Vienna, Ill.

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