Paula Lancit Boze, of Atlanta, passed quietly in her home early Mon., April 8.

CandleShe was born on Dec. 7, 1950 in Newark, N.J. to Zelda and Sidney Lancit, of blessed memory. Paula grew up in Miami Beach during the 1960s and later attended the University of Florida. One fateful New Year’s Eve, she was set up on a blind date with Edward Boze. They married in 1972 in Miami Beach; Paula was 21 years old.

Her first passion was teaching. She taught elementary school throughout her life and built her career at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, where she taught the second and fifth grades for almost 20 years. She leaves behind a legacy that includes hundreds of former students and dozens of younger teachers that she inspired and loved.

Throughout her life, Paula built an extraordinary network of devoted friends with whom she loved to dine, travel and socialize. Memorable trips included those to Israel, Paris, South Africa and many long weekends in Daytona “with the girls.” She organized a sorority reunion several years ago that brought together dozens of her former sisters. She was known for her quick wit, honesty and insightful compassion.

Paula was a beloved wife, sister, mother and grandmother.  She is survived by her husband, Edward; her son Scott and his wife Jamilyn; her grandchildren Ava and Hunter; her brother and sister-in-law, Laurence and Cecily Lancit of Naples, Fla.; and their children, Shaune and Caitlin. Her influence lives on through her surviving relatives.

An online guestbook is available at edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, hies.org/gifts, or to Temple Sinai, templesinaiatlanta.org. Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Tues., April 9, 2013 at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 with Rabbi Ronald Segal officiating. Burial followed at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.