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SENTELL, Grace GRACE ALLEN HAILEY SENTELL Grace Allen Hailey Sentell, 83, passed away on February 27, 2014 at the William Breman Jewish Home. She was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2010. Survivors include her husband, Don W. Sentell and her children, Ginny Pait Green of Atlanta, and her partner, Morris Ward, Nancy Pait of Sintra, Portugal, and her partner, Carlos Ferreira, John A. Pait lll and his wife, Carolyn of Atlanta and daughter-in-law Abby Selman Pait of Orlando; grandchildren Ash and Laney Pait of Atlanta, Filipa and Anica Cortez, of Sintra, Portugal, and David and Eric Pait of Orlando, FL. Grace was predeceased by her youngest son, Allen Pait of Orlando, who died in 2004. Grace Allen (as she was known to family and friends) was raised in Hartwell, GA by her father, Isom Hailey, who was the town pharmacist and her mother, Grace Allen Hailey. She attended Brenau College and studied journalism at the University of Georgia, where she met and married her first husband, John (Jack) Pait Jr., the father of her four children. Grace and her family moved to Villa Rica, GA in 1962. She taught elementary school at Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton, GA, where her children attended and graduated. There she met Don Sentell, who directed the school from 1965 to 1970. Grace and Don's working relationship deepened into a love relationship and they married in 1971. The family then relocated to Atlanta. Over the next decade Grace and Don created and nurtured Corporate Travel International to become a key player in the travel industry. The company was purchased by American Express in 1985. Grace then opened and operated a retail rug shop, Kilim Collections, Ltd, located on Bennett Street, for over twenty years. Beyond her four children she was both "friend and mother figure" to many who reached out to her in need. She was the stable influence on her sister's children, Chesley and Fredrick 'Rick' Hart. He became one of the world's leading sculptors, best known for creating the tympanum, "The Creation", and much of the statuary at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C He also sculpted the bronze Three Soldiers at the Vietnam War Memorial and the life size statues of Jimmy Carter and Richard Russell. The driving force in Grace's life was service to others. She was a warm and loving friend and an attentive listener. Her gentle kindness included taking in stray cats. Her friends thought of her as "Amazing Grace" although her modesty quickly rejected such attention. She was too real to take such compliments seriously. She preferred to be called Gigi, a name given to her by her grandchildren. She was quiet, choosing to remain in the background. Preparing meals was her playground for entertaining guests. However, guests had to stay away from the kitchen as she was not one to delegate. Of course, if she were at your home for dinner, she would insist on helping with the dishes. She loved babies, books, animals, cooking for friends, her meditation group, her family, and especially her husband, Don. The family respectfully requests that any contributions be directed to the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Center, Emory Health Science Development, 1440 Clifton Road, Suite 112, Atlanta, Georgia 30322.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2014
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