unknown - September 13, 2012
Abigail Curtiss Hand passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Cazenovia on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Gail was born in Staten Island, N.Y., the only child of Rodney and Mary Curtiss. Gail was a graduate of Cazenovia High School and Sarah Lawrence College. She was a talented singer and actress, majoring in dramatic arts.
Gail devoted her life to taking care of animals. She spent many years breeding and showing Persian cats. She spent the last 15 years of her life rescuing retired greyhounds. She also loved riding her beloved rescued American Quarter Horse, “Frisco.” Gail will be remembered by those who knew her as an independent and free spirit, whose wit and intelligence charmed us all.
She is survived by her spouse, John Qualey of Cazenovia; her son, Jon C. Hand and daughter-in-law Heidi Hand of Storrs, CT; and two grandchildren, Maxfield and Helena Hand. She is also survived by her former husband, John Hand of Bradenton, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her honor to your local animal shelter or greyhoundrescuerehab.org