OBITUARY

Paula Faye Conaway Sandidge, MD

July 28, 1934September 3, 2018
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Paula Faye Conaway Sandidge, MD, 84, of Nashville, TN passed away on Monday the 3rd of September 2018. She was born July 28, 1934 in Macon, Georgia to Paul Magnus Conaway and Ena Faye Overton Conaway. She married Kent Sandidge III on August 21, 1964 in Macon, Georgia. After graduating high school in Macon, she went on to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1956 and then from Medical College of Georgia in 1960. She moved to Nashville for a residency at St. Thomas. Afterwards, she joined the staff of Vanderbilt University hospital where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology until 1985. Following twenty years on staff at Vanderbilt, she moved into private practice, finally retiring in 1990. Since retirement, she worked for a variety of charities focused on mental health and healthcare. She was an active supporter of Hospital Hospitality House, Tennessee Women in Medicine, United Way of Tennessee, Tennessee Voices for Children, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Mental Health America, both the local and national offices. She served MHA in many aspects. She was a recipient of the MHA’s Clifford Beers Award in 1997 and nominated for the Athena Award in 2004. In 2009 after the loss of a grandson, she started the Sandidge Pediatric Pain Management Endowed Fund at Vanderbilt. Outside of her charitable work, she loved to travel and to bring family and friends together in celebration.

She is survived by her husband Judge Kent Sandidge III, children Kent Sandidge IV (Angela), Beth R. Sandidge (Thomas S. Lee Jr), Mark C. Sandidge, Scott O. Sandidge, her grandchildren Madeline Lee, Adele Lee, Kent Sandidge V, Copeland Sandidge, and Cannon Sandidge, her sister Elizabeth C. Ruh, and other nephews, nieces, and cousins. She is predeceased by parents Paul M. Conaway and Ena Faye Overton Conaway, and grandson Kreston Sky Sandidge.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday September 12, 2018 at 2:30 pm preceded by the receiving of friends at 1:30 pm. at Woodlawn Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sandidge Pediatric Pain Management Fund at Vanderbilt or Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee.

  • FAMILY

  • Paul Magnus Conaway and Edna Faye Overton Conaway, Parents
  • Kreston Sky Sandidge, Grandson
  • Judge Kent Sandidge, III, Husband
  • Kent (Angela) Sandidge, IV, Son
  • Beth R. (Thomas S. Lee, Jr.) Sandidge, Daughter
  • Mark C. Sandidge, Son
  • Scott O. Sandidge, Son
  • Elizabeth C. Ruh, Sister
  • also survived by; her grandchildren Madeline Lee, Adele Lee, Kent Sandidge V, Copeland Sandidge, and Cannon Sandidge, and other nephews, nieces, and cousins.
  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sandidge Pediatric Pain Management Fund at Vanderbilt or Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee.

Services

  • Receiving of Family & Friends Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018
REMEMBERING

Paula Faye Conaway Sandidge, MD

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John Sandidge

September 10, 2018

Paula, you were an incredible woman, and super fun to hang out with. Love you!
John and Family

Andrew Franklin

September 10, 2018

In remembrance of our friend and mentor. We continue to be honored by your dedication to our service through the Pediatric Pain Management Fund at Vanderbilt. - The Pediatric Pain Service at Monroe Carell's Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Andrew Franklin

September 10, 2018

Dr. Sandidge was a wonderful inspiration and mentor to every member of the Pediatric Pain Service at Monroe Carell's Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and will be dearly missed. Her dedication to reducing pain and suffering to children was steadfast, as was her staunch support of our service. Her memory and dedication to the wellbeing of children will live on in the Pediatric Pain Management Fund at Vanderbilt. Personally, I will very much miss our periodic lunches at the University Club where she was always so excited to hear about the newest happenings at the Children's Hospital and the most recent advances in the field of pediatric pain management. - Dr. Andrew Franklin, director of pediatric pain management services, and all members of the Pediatric Pain Service at Monroe Carell's Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Daniel Eisenstein

September 6, 2018

Paula was so kind and thoughtful. I appreciated her advice and support over the years. She will be missed. Judge Dan Eisenstein, Retired

Tom Starling

September 5, 2018

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee was honored to have Paula on its board of directors since 1994, and she was a board member emerita for the last ten years. Nationally, she also served on the Mental Health America board, and she was the recipient of their highest national award: The Clifford Beers Award. We still have her portrait prominently displayed in our refreshment center, because she refreshes our soul with wisdom and good advice. I will greatly miss her Monday morning calls, as she religiously checked in to hear how the organization was going. I quickly learned to rely on her advice and experience, and I would not be the man I am today without her. She will be greatly missed.

Rikki Harris

September 5, 2018

Paula served on the Tennessee Voices for Children Board so faithfully for many many years. She was present, active, contributing, and always recruiting others to come help. I will miss her smile and the joy that she ALWAYS carried and displayed. She had a zeal for life and loved sharing about her travels. She had a heart for those who struggled with mental health challenges. She was one of kind, a woman who broke down barriers in her life and wasn’t afraid to stand up for the right reasons. We will miss her tremendously.

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