Clara Pace entered into Heaven on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
Born March 10, 1932, in Lawrenceville, Ga, she lived primarily in Tampa, Fla, Atlanta and made Cleveland her final earthly home.
She married the love of her life, Bob Pace, at age 19, and they faithfully serve the church at large their entire lives.
She worked for the Department of Agriculture in Atlanta and for Rich's Department Store as a young woman. She was a faithful servant of the Church of God, including teaching Sunday School, playing the organ for worship, and leading Vacation Bible School. She was always by Bob's side, the founder of Men and Women of Action, and People for Care and Learning. They traveled together to numerous countries, building orphanages, hospitals, missionary homes and serving those in need for over three decades.
She is survived by her husband, Robert D. (Bob) Pace Sr.; their two sons: Robert D. (Chip) Pace and wife Annette of Sarasota, Fla, and Jeff Pace (Sarah) of Atlanta; grandchildren: Ryan and Mackenzie Pace, Kristen and Andrew Bell, Davi Pace, and Carrie and Cory Sellers of Atlanta, and R.J. Adams of Idaho; great-grandchildren: Andie Juliette and Weston Bell, Nathan, Evelyn and Caleb Sellers, and Buddy and Molly Adams. Scores of others "adopted" Clara as mom and she treasured them all. Her only surviving sibling of six, her brother, David Braswell, resides in Gainesville, Fla. An abundance of nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, were precious to her as she loved well.
The family expresses their sincere thanks to Hospice of Chattanooga and other caregivers.
The Celebration of Life will be conducted today, Nov. 12, 2017, at 3 p.m. from the Westmore Church of God with Dr. Keith Munford, the Rev. Wendell Smith, Pastor Kelvin Page and the Rev. Dan Bowles officiating. Bill Tolia, Irmy Szell, Dr. Ken Pilgrim, Mike Leonard, Buddy Leonard and David Pace will serve as honorary casket bearers.
Graveside service and interment will be conducted on Monday at 1 p.m. in the North Atlanta Memorial Cemetery, 5097 Glaze Drive, Dunwoody, Ga. 30360.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Bob and Clara Pace Scholarship Fund, c/o Men and Women of Action, 2490 Keith Street, Cleveland, TN 37311.
The family will receive friends from 2 until the 3 p.m. service time today at the Westmore Church of God.
The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel has charge of the arrangements.
You may share your condolences and your memories with the Pace family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.
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