Paula Kubik’s life was about being a great friend.
Whether it was gossiping with friends and cous-ins, going to the movies, trying new restaurants, crafting the perfect gift, talking about books, pets, and recipes online, or en-tertaining students during a fetal pig dissection lab – Paula worked to make people feel included and heard. She was a biology teacher who loved trashy romance novels and a Reagan Republican with a fondness for 1960’s folk protest music. Paula Jean Kubik, 70, died June 20 in Billings, Montana where she lived at MorningStar Senior Living and had become an active member of the Shi-loh Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Paula was born on No-vember 27, 1944 at Seda-lia Army Air Field in Mis-souri to Annabelle Swett and John Kubik. After the war, the family moved home to Dickinson, ND, founding the Flying K Ranch in southern Dunn County. Paula attended the Ta-bor #2 School and gradu-ated from Dickinson Cen-tral High School in 1962. She earned a Bachelor of Science from North Da-kota State University in 1967. While at NDSU she worked as a radiologist for the USDA. She took ad-vanced science courses at both Dickinson State Col-lege and the University of Montana, and earned a Master of Education from Eastern Montana College in 1989. Paula began teaching biology at Dawson County High School in Glendive, Montana in 1969, retir-ing in 2003. Also active outside the classroom, she advised Key Club and Yearbook, judged speech tournaments, took tick-ets at sporting events, led field trips to Flathead Lake, and enjoyed scaring anyone she could with the human skull she inher-ited from her grandfather, nicknamed “Mr. Girard.” She was a dedicated and professional teacher with a true passion for science – microbiology, botany, immunology, genetics, pa-leontology, zoology, and even geology. She was tough and challenged stu-dents to do their very best. Many of “her kids” went on to study science and medicine because of the inspiration found in Miss Kubik’s labs. Not satis-fied with retirement, she became a science instruc-tor at Dawson Community College in Glendive, truly retiring in 2012. She is preceded in death by her father John (1984), mother Ann (2014), and younger brother Craig (2014). She is survived by her niece Mandy Ku-bik of Dickinson, her LDS family, and many cousins in the Kubik, Kadrmas, Soules, Sherman, and Swett families. A memorial service will be held 10:30 am, Friday, June 26, at the LDS Shi-loh Ward Church, 3595 Monad Road in Billings, MT. In lieu of flowers, Paula asked for memorials to be sent to Oreo’s Animal Res-cue, 93 21st Street East, Dickinson, ND, 58601. Oreo’s is a no-kill shelter and adoption guarantee organization. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gal-lery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www. cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”