Ava is the daughter of the late J. Bonner Paul and Marjorie “Albritton” Paul, and the brother of Joseph B. Paul Jr. She has one son J. Scott Clark. She worked primarily in the financial industry until her retirement. She resides in Washington with her fiancée Edward Everett. Together they own numerous quarter horses and are avid trail riders. Horses have been a lifelong passion for Ava.