Paula Elizabeth Maria Lewis Akin was born August 11th, 1946 in Naples, Italy in\r\r\nthe American war camp to Leonard James Lewis, an American GI, and Elvira Grossi, an\r\r\nItalian national. She came to the United States in 1947 and was raised in Tulsa,\r\r\nOklahoma. As a child, Paula was a gifted bi-linguist and helped her mother to adjust to a\r\r\nnew language. She graduated from Central High school and attended the University of\r\r\nTulsa. Paula was a talented artist who worked in all visual mediums. She was also an\r\r\navid historian and meticulous researcher. In 1975, she moved to Dallas, Texas and\r\r\nmarried Brown James Akin, III. They worked together in the Munger Place, Swiss\r\r\nA venue and State Street Historic Districts as urban pioneers buying, restoring, and selling\r\r\nhistoric properties. As a result of the catalyst of their early efforts the neighborhoods in\r\r\nOld East Dallas were saved from blight and demolition. The Akin family moved back to\r\r\nTulsa in 1990, and Paula was an operational partner in the family business, the MetroPort\r\r\nWarehouse Company, until retiring in 2010. She was a devoted mother and friend to\r\r\nher children; and a loyal best friend and loving wife to her husband through thirty-eight\r\r\nyears of marriage. She is survived by her husband, Brown James Akin, III, daughters\r\r\nStephanie Bowdle of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Elizabeth Akin of Dallas, Texas, and Emily\r\r\nAkin of Tulsa. She is also survived by her sisters, Patricia Myles of Edmond, Oklahoma,\r\r\nLucia Machande of Tulsa, and grandchildren Lauren Bowdle, Amelia Williams, and\r\r\nJames Williams.