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Mildred NeSmith Beavers McKenzie, 97, of Savannah, Georgia and widow of Donald “Don” Hughes McKenzie, died Friday afternoon, June 5, 2020, at Savannah Square.

Born in Bulloch County, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Ellie Madison NeSmith and the late Cora Denmark NeSmith. Mrs. McKenzie was a charter member of Central Church of Christ. She and her husband formerly owned and operated two dry cleaning plants. For many years Mrs. McKenzie was a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary and she was an avid Bridge and Bingo player.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Quarles Riggs of Hinesville; Debbie Beavers Hudgins (Alvin) of Savannah; one son, Fred C. Quarles (Dianne) of Savannah; four grandchildren, F. Keith Quarles, Caroline Quarles Hayes (Holden), Mark Patrick Riggs (Nicole) and William Dennis Hudgins (Cindy), and seven great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, June 9, 2020, at the graveside, Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, conducted by Elder Mitchell C. Holman.

You are invited to view Mrs. McKenzie’s memorial service by clicking here.

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  1. David C. Sapp says:

    Rest in peace. You leave a large legacy.

  2. Kim and ED Gornto says:

    Rest In Peace beautiful lady. Thanks for always telling it like it is. With love Kim and ED

  3. Nicole Riggs says:

    Grandmommie, thank you for loving me and your great grand kids. You always had stories to tell, hugs to give and a warm smile. I will always remember you pushing Macy around on your walker. Macy said it best when she said we can still talk to you in our hearts.
    Love, Nicole

  4. Jennifer Daly says:

    One of the genuine privileges of my life was knowing my great Aunt Mildred, the baby sister of my late Nana, Leona Daly. No doubt Leona was at the front of the heavenly line to joyfully welcome her home. What a beautiful, celebratory reunion is taking place. Aunt Mildred, I will miss your always warm Savannah welcomes, on point humor, tell-it-like-it-is wisdom, and young at heart approach to living life. Being your niece was a joyful experience. You are missed, remembered and loved.
    – Jennifer

  5. Bill Thomas says:

    Mildred was a dear friend and neighbor of mine for many years. She also was a good next-door neighbor and friend to Matilda Stacy and the three of us were good buddies who had many laughs together. Tilly and I will miss her greatly and reminisce about our experiences together.
    Rest in Peace dear lady.

  6. Talley Denmark Smith says:

    Enjoyed time with Mildred and Don along with my father while he lived. We have past on another over the past few years and she will be missed! So sorry to hear she has gone home already!! Love to all the family! Talley

  7. Gerald Benson says:

    What a wonderfully sweet lady!! I had the previledge of knowing her for many years first as a patient later as a dear friend. seeing her at Larry’s with Linda, laughing talking, renewing many patrons, talking about bridge hands ,just lo ving life. Did I say Talking?? Not Mrs. McKenzie–Ha!! Just a dear Southern Lady!!

  8. Deb Quarles Oechsner says:

    Beautiful Lady – Rest in Peace. The angels rejoice in your homecoming.

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