Paula Wilhelmina Reinking Morlock was born in Clarence, Iowa, on June 15, 1909. She was a farm girl until her family moved into town. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1931 and returned to Clarence to teach high school English. She then moved to Illinois and met and married Mark Morlock, a career air force officer and had three children – Nancy, Mark and Eric.
The military took the family from Illinois to Nebraska. In both those states, Paula continued to teach high school English. In the summer of 1960, the family moved to Chize, France and the following school year Paula taught not high school English but kindergarten. She often told of driving to school across the French countryside, pausing for cows crossing the road or bicycles ladened with meter-long baguettes. The family traveled extensively in France and visited Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Paula finished her career in Lompoc, CA, teaching once again high school English.