- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2005

Paula V. “Pat” Topping, a former model who had resided in the Washington area, died May 19 of congestive heart failure at a hospice in Williamsburg. She was 78.

Born in New York City, Mrs. Topping graduated from Southside High School in Newark, N.J., and the Barbizon Modeling School in New York City.

She worked as a model in Manhattan and later worked for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., where she taught the “Design for Living” class.

She also worked for Oren Jack Turner Photography studio in Princeton, N.J.

Mrs. Topping, who also had lived in Wintergreen, Va., was involved with the Church at Northern Virginia in Oakton. She participated in several mission trips to locations such as India, Russia and Scandinavia. She enjoyed traveling and meeting people.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, the Rev. John Robert Topping Jr.; a son, Robert G. Topping of Williamsburg; a daughter, Jane Bailey of Virginia Beach; a sister, Elizabeth Hetherington of Westfield, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Williamsburg Community Chapel.

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