August 4, 1937 – February 4, 2020
Bianca Quantrell, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 after a brief illness.
Bianca was born in Cologne, Germany on August 4, 1937 to Josef Franz Rodert and Elsa Corsi Rodert. She married Carlisle Quantrell in 1957 in Cologne, Germany. They raised their daughter Gilonne Quantrell in Atlanta. Bianca and Carlisle divorced in 1972. She married Henry Mullins in June, 1974 in Atlanta, Ga.
Bianca worked as an interior designer at the Atlanta architectural interiors firm of Jova Daniels Busby from 1970 to 1974. She founded the Atlanta architectural interiors firm of Quantrell Mullins & Associates Inc. in 1974. The firm completed projects in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy and France. Bianca’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including Interior Design, Interiors, Georgia Trend, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Atlanta Journal, Corporate Interiors, International Architectural Yearbook, Interior Spaces of Europe, Interior Spaces of the USA and Residential Spaces of the World. She was the first woman to receive the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year award and was a recipient of the DECA award. She was a member and Chairman of The Society of International Business Fellows, a board member of Central Atlanta Progress, Midtown Alliance, the British American Chamber of Commerce and The National Museum of Women in the Arts. Bianca was a founding member of The German American Chamber of Commerce, the Sea Island Club and The Peachtree Club. She was a member of The Committee of 200, the International Women’s Forum, the Atlanta High Museum and the Atlanta Historical Society.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Elsa, her father, Josef and her sister, Vera. She is survived by both her husbands, Carlisle Quantrell and Henry Mullins, her daughter Gilonne Quantrell (Pete Roberts), her brother, Axel Rodert, and her nieces and nephews, Alexander Rodert, Anna Rodert Warweg (Sebastain), Clara Rodert Budelman (Til), Dr. Antonius Rodert, Marius Rodert (Rosa), and Thomas Sorensen. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Bianca Elizabeth Roberts (Clay Williamson) and Timothy Harrington Roberts.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 19th at H.M. Patterson & Son –Oglethorpe Hill Chapel. Bianca will be interred in Cologne, Germany alongside her mother and father.
- Memorial Service Wednesday, February 19, 2020
- Reception Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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March 16, 2020
Henry and Gilonne -
My heart goes out to you both. Bianca was an icon in the design community of Atlanta. She introduced me to the world of healthcare design and I am still loving it. May you both take comfort in the thought that she accomplished so much and affected so many lives.
February 13, 2020
I came to Atlanta the summer of the ‘96 Olympics, fresh out of college, and started my first job as an interior designer at Quantrell Mullins and Associates.
At 21, I had no idea my first boss would set the trajectory of my career. Bianca was an extremely talented and polished leader. She educated me as a young designer to consider all aspects of 2D/3D design, pushed me with her high expectations and supported me by providing opportunities beyond my experience.
By her actions, Bianca demonstrated the importance of good relationships, honesty and integrity servicing clients and how to sell design solutions.
You affected many lives, Bianca. I want to personally thank you for your confidence in me and being the mentor that set my professional career in motion.
You will long be remembered with love and admired for your talent, sophistication and grace.