Lora J. Pace

May 20, 1916 - April 12, 2012
Lora J. Pace

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Lieutenant Colonel Lora J. Pace, USAF-NC/Ret. passed away Thursday morning April 12, 2012 at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community.

Miss Pace was the daughter of the late Jont and Eurania Hill Pace of Saluda, NC. She was a graduate of Saluda High School and the Rutherford Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1941. She was preceded in death by four brothers, David, Wade, and Jimmy Pace of Saluda, and Edward Pace of Liberty, Indiana; and three sisters, Agnes Pace of Saluda and Fay Johnson Dodson and Margaret McDonald of Ellenboro.

She is survived by twelve nieces and nephews and dozens of grandnieces and nephews.

She loved children and was delighted when members of the Deerfield staff would bring their little ones for a visit.

Lt. Col. Pace was a WW II veteran with various assignments during the war, the most notable of which was as a Surgical Nurse assigned to the US Army Surgical Hospital at Liege, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.

When she retired from active duty, Colonel Pace was the Chief Nurse at the Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. Other assignments included Chief Nurse, Chief of Nursing Administration, Chief Surgical Nurse and Staff Nurse to the Medical Inspector General for the European Theatre of Operation. She specialized in Pediatric Nursing at Chicago General Hospital. She also received extensive administrative and specialty training while on active duty. She was commended twice by the Air Force for outstanding performance.

Miss Pace was a prolific volunteer. She spent endless hours volunteering at the USAF Hospital, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio; St. Markís Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio; and as a member of the Thrift Shop Volunteers, St. James Episcopal Church, Hendersonville.

It is with grateful appreciation that the family of Miss Pace acknowledges the tender care that the staff of the Skilled Nursing Center of Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community has provided her for the past eight years.

A funeral service will be held at 3 PM Sunday, April 15, 2012 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. Interment with Military Honors will follow at City Cemetery in Saluda, NC. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Deerfield Retirement Community Employee Appreciation Fund, 1617 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803.


Sunday, April 15, 2012
12:00 AM

Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home - Directions
125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saluda City Cemetery - Directions
Cemetery Street
Saluda, NC 28773

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  • April 14, 2012
    Alvera Conyers says:
    (John 5:28, 29 states) (28)?Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice (29)?and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

  • April 14, 2012
    Deor Hilton says:
    I never had the pleasure of meeting you Colonel, But let me just say this..."Thank You For Your Service Ma'am" DH

  • April 15, 2012
    Carolyn Andrews says:
    I did not know Ms. Pace but I think I would have liked to. A decorated veteran who served her country with honor. "Thank you" dear lady, for your service. Rest in peace, you have earned it.

  • April 15, 2012
    Janet Pace says:
    I live in Dayton, OH, and when I looked at the Dayton Daily News this morning and saw obit for a Pace, I read with much interest. Especially interested when I saw that Lt. Pace was from Saluda and the funeral was to be in my hometown of Hendersonville. It was a very interesting article, and she must have been a very interesting person who gave much of her time to others. I cannot claim kin to her, but I do belong to The Pace Society of America which met in Hendersonville in 2009. We visited the old graveyard in Saluda where Burl Pace was buried. I believe he started the Pace clan in Saluda. I did attend Appalachian State in Boone in 1951 to 1953 with a James Pace from Saluda, which I understand is no longer living. He had a couple of brothers who had a paving business in Hendersonville. By the way, say hello to Mr. Shuler whom I met in 1998 when his funeral home was quite new - I bought a casket from him for my brother who died there. I have been in Dayton 55 years, but my roots are Henderson County. Not many relatives left there. Sorry for your lose. Edna Janet Pace (I grew up on Pace Road - between Sugar loaf and Edneyville Highway)

  • April 15, 2012
    A fellow Veteran says:
    I did not know the Lt Col. but being a veteran made us sisters..I would have liked to have known her, being in the medical field we had allot on common..God bless you Lora Pace and may you rest in peace....