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Former TJ Teacher Mary Hall Pace Dies

Mary Hall Pace, of Falls Church, passed away on March 24, 2012 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Mary was born on March 19, 1924, in Greene County, Virginia. She obtained her B.S. in Education from Madison College, in Harrisonburg, Va. August 1945. She later received her Masters in Education from the University of Virginia in August 1956. In 1948, she married the love of her life, Warren Joseph Pace, and began what would become a 64-year union that was an example of love, tenderness and happiness.

In 1955 Mary and Warren moved to Fairfax County and in 1958 settled in Falls Church, where Mary taught at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Falls Church City. In 1966 she moved to Cedar Lane Elementary School in Vienna, where she was Principal until her retirement in1981. Mary always made a point of knowing every student and each family at her school. After her retirement she remained quite active in the Vienna community she had come to love. She was also active at The Falls Church Episcopal Church. She was always ready to provide good cheer, welcome, and delicious home cooking. Mary had a keen sense of humor and was always vibrant, radiating a spirit of affirmation and hospitality.

Sister of Margaret H Hamilton and the late James E. Hall, loving wife of Warren, Mother of daughter Mary Warren Sciba, and sons Joe and John. Five grandchildren also survive her: Deirdre Jain, Emily Williamson, Jeremy Pace, Johnny Pace, and Didi Pace. She has two great-granddaughters: Indigo Pickford and Shreya Mary Jain. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Interment will take place in Boonesville, Virginia on Saturday, March 31 at Prize Hill Cemetery at 1 p.m.