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Celebrating the life of
Marie Powers Brazzeal
Passed away on March 24, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Monday, April 08, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 11:00 a.m. - Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
  • 1003 East Victory Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31405

  • 912-356-6980
  • Inurnment
  • - Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • Catholic Cemetery
  • 1720 Wheaton Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-201-4075

I am sorry about Mrs Brazzeal. I hope Mrs Brazzeal's family and friends gain strength each day from her memory. Christ gave his life so we can have life. May this scripture help when needed. "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Paula, ,

So sorry to hear about Marie. Always enjoyed talking with her as I did my daily walk. Condolences to the family.

Hester & Jim McDonald, Savannah,

Marie was a selfless person who loved her country. Her service in the Navy , family, the Republican Party and to Chatham County will be greatly missed. Kathryn and I will keep the family in our prayers.

Frank & Kathryn Murray, Savannah, Ga

My post should show Richmond Hill, Ga not Gs! Sorry...typo!

Cindy Pinion, Richmond Hill, Ga

Genie, I am so sorry about your MaMa! Keep close all the memories of the good times that y’all shared. You loved her and she loved you and remembering that is what will help your heart heal in the weeks and months to come! (((HUGS))) friend!!

Cindy Pinion, Richmond Hill, Gs

So sorry for your loss. Love your Gene!

Kirk Campbell, ATLANTA, GA

Genie, I'm so sorry for your loss. There is no doubt that she loved her baby. From the times I spent with y'all, the many stories I've heard, and the precious videos of your adventures together, it is abundantly clear you two shared a special bond.

Ann Singer, ,

Apparently, a prayer & a heart emoji came out as 2 question marks in my previous post! Stop playing around, Ms. Marie, the choir of angels are requesting you front & center!!??

Joanne Newland, , GA

Betsy, I am so sorry to hear that your beautiful Mom has passed. When I sat next to her at last month's luncheon we had such a good chat! You have been such a good daughter in being there for your Mom - no regrets! She is now enjoying her Heavenly reward! ??

Joanne Newland, Statesboro, Georgia

I am with you in your loss and grief. Peace, peace, peace -- Beth

Beth Filson, Easthampton, MA

Dear Genie, My prayers are with you. Hold tight to those happy memories of times shared with your Mother - they are such blessings! with love and friendship, Tina

Faustina Smith, Savannah, GA

Mrs Marie is also survived by her daughter Genie Brazzeal's partner of 17 years, Jeffrey Simmons.

, Decatur , GA

Marie was a 1938 graduate of Commercial High School, (later named Savannah High School) where she taught Home Economics after graduating from college. (I was a student in her class.) Marie was also Executive Director of local office of The American Lung Association.

, Garden City, GA

Genie, I enjoyed having lunch with you and your mother on many days! She was so cheerful and happy to be with you and us. I hope your myriad memories help you navigate this loss.

Beth Everette, Savannah, GA

Genie, I enjoyed having lunch with you and your mother on many days! She was so cheerful and happy to be with you and us. I hope your myriad memories help you navigate this loss.

Beth Everette, Savannah, GA

Peace be with you and your family during your time of bereavement. She will be missed. I heard cute stories from Christina through Jasmine. They both shared a military grandmother in their 90’s. God Bless you guys.

Gigi Jones/ Jasmine’s mother, Savannah , Ga

Dear Genie, Your mom was a friend to me from the moment I met her. I am sorry to have not seen her for these many years. I know she is a peace now and receiving her eternal rewards. Bless you for the love you showed her and for sharing the fun videos which depicted quite well how happy she was to be with you. I'll be praying for you over the next couple days. Let perpetual light shine upon her. Love, Terry

Terry Sagedy, NEWTOWN, CT

Genie, my sweet friend, I am so very sorry about your mom's death. I know how much you loved her and I remember hearing in her voice how much she loved you when you called her from my phone a couple of years ago. She will always be with you now-watching over you . You will see her smile every time the sun shines and you will hear her laughter whenever you hear a child laugh. Your mom and your dad are together now and no longer burdened with the problems of this world. They will watch over you until the day you join them again. Your mom was a very special woman and she will be missed by many. We love you and are praying for peace in your heart during this sad time.

David and Theresa (Head) Turner, Lecanto, FL

My mother and I shared love of life, dancing, and entertainment. She always called me her "baby." She taught me financial responsibility and civic duty. We loved each other unconditionally. Her memory will be eternal. (Deleting my last posts will not deter me.)

Genie Brazzeal, ,

Words just cannot express my sorrow for the loss of such a fine lady. I have such fond memories of the Daffin Heights parents of my childhood! For pretty much my whole life every time I came home I would remember my mother taking me as a five year old to the Brazzeal’s nursery to buy a little palm tree. That tree now towers over the house on Armstrong Drive. That’s one of my favorite early memories. My parents, Rose and T.L. always loved socializing with Mr. and Mrs. Brazzeal. They had such fun!

Terri Linda Davison (neé Davis), ,

Marie was predeceased by John Jefferson Brazzeal, her husband of 54 years.

, Savannah , GA

Genie, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother, I wish you could upload all those videos of you and her on here so the whole world could see the love and happiness between you and her. Prayers sent to you in your time of sorrow ! May God Bless.

Frankie Branch, Savannah, Ga

I am so, so sorry for your mother's passing. She lead an amazing life and I KNOW how much she loved and treasured all the time she got to spend with you although near the end she wasn't allowed to have much of that time. What a wonderful life she had with your Dad and I hope that they are reunited together again now and she is happy and able to do the things she was not allowed to do . Sending you prayers, love and hugs during this sad time.

Kim Tutan, Savannah, GA

Please accept our deepest sympathy in your bereavement. I remember your Mother fondly, as a Daffin Heights neighbor years ago. Pray your memories will comfort you at this time. Sincerely, Carolyn Usher Oxenrider

Carolyn Usher (Cooper) Oxenrider, SAVANNAH, GA

My deepest sympathy to her family. Such an accomplished lady!

Jeni Ellis-Riggs, Savannah, Georgia

Genie, my heart aches for you your Mom loved you so much. I have seen the heartache you have endured. I have missed the lunches you got to have with Mom, her laughs, expressions when you would make a joke. Just know she is where she is safe,loved,and finally in peace. I can't say what your going through, please know I love you. You will always have my Mom "Williare" to be your second Mom . I pray that the grief will get easier as days and nights pass. RIP Mama Marie.

Diane Pruitt, Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss and hope you find peace but she sure sets goals for this family for living a long life! Loved talking to her and listening to her words of wisdom. I asked her one day about my grandfather since I never met him and I was so glad I did as she had so many memories . So glad I had the chance to get to know her. Another angel in heaven! ??

Caroline Raman, Bellevue , WA

Genie, So sorry for your loss, at least now she is at peace. She sure deserves it after what she was put through the last couple of years. Hugs Genie

Sara Portman, Savannah, Ga

Dear Betsy, Christina, and Genie, I loved my Aunt Marie very much and am sad that she is gone. I am glad we were able to see her last year when Debbie and I made the trip South. Ed and I send our thoughts and prayers to you this week as you celebrate the wonderful life she had. I will never forget her sense of humor, her stories, her love of life, and her love for my Uncle Son and her family.

Sandy Via, North Chesterfield, VA

My condolences, Betsy to you and your family. Your mother was such a doll and I always enjoyed seeing her at our SVA functions. She always seemed so relaxed with you and your love and gentleness with her was a joy to watch. May her memories be a blessing.

Sally Burns Shapiro , Savannah, Ga

Genie, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you have loved your mother and how much she so loved you. I remember her lively spirit and quick wit which were sadly taken away from her in recent years. This all will work out in your favor. It already has for your mother. We can rejoice that she is now at peace free from depression, confusion and distress, and we know she misses you. You will join her and your father one day, unencumbered by this world’s anomalous twists and turns. In the meantime, we love you. Fletcher Spigner III

Fletcher Spigner III, Lexington, SC

Betsy, so very sorry for your loss. I am so glad you brought her to the last luncheon. My next Bloody Mary will be in her memory.

Angela Watkins, Savannah, GA

Betsy and Genie,Heaven has surely just gained an angel. I know Mr John was waiting with open arms. Prayers for you both. May perpetual light shine upon her.

Julia Dyer Strickland, Savannah , Ga

Rip,Mrs Brazzeal. ..Honorary graduate of St vincent's academy class of 1968

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Marie Powers Brazzeal, 98, died Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Hospice Savannah, Inc.  She was born in Savannah, daughter of Thomas J. and Marie Condon Powers.

Marie was a graduate of Savannah High School and Armstrong Junior College.  After graduation, she enlisted in the United States Navy as a WAVE serving as a cartographer while stationed in Norman, Oklahoma.  After receiving an honorable discharge, Marie attended the University of Georgia under the GI bill graduating with a bachelor’s degree in home economics.

Marie returned to Savannah and married John J. Brazzeal on April 8, 1950.  She taught home economics at Savannah High School and later co-owned Brazzeal’s Nursery in Savannah. After leaving the teaching profession, she entered politics where she was the first women’s chair of the Chatham County Republican Party.  Marie was also was an elected official and chair for over 30 years with the Chatham County Board of Elections.  She retired at the age of 90.

She was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Women’s Republican Party.

Other than parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Thomas E. Powers, Eleanor Mary Powers and Wright C. Powers.

Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth “Betsy” Brazzeal and Gene Marie Brazzeal both of Savannah; granddaughter, Christina Mallas of Savannah and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Inurnment will follow in Catholic Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to St. Vincent’s Academy, 207 E. Liberty St., Savannah, GA 31401 or Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr., Savannah, GA 31406.

 

 

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I am sorry about Mrs Brazzeal. I hope Mrs Brazzeal's family and friends gain strength each day from her memory. Christ gave his life so we can have life. May this scripture help when needed. "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Paula, ,

So sorry to hear about Marie. Always enjoyed talking with her as I did my daily walk. Condolences to the family.

Hester & Jim McDonald, Savannah,

Candle tribute lit by Syndee Reardon — Georgia

Marie was a selfless person who loved her country. Her service in the Navy , family, the Republican Party and to Chatham County will be greatly missed. Kathryn and I will keep the family in our prayers.

Frank & Kathryn Murray, Savannah, Ga

My post should show Richmond Hill, Ga not Gs! Sorry...typo!

Cindy Pinion, Richmond Hill, Ga

Genie, I am so sorry about your MaMa! Keep close all the memories of the good times that y’all shared. You loved her and she loved you and remembering that is what will help your heart heal in the weeks and months to come! (((HUGS))) friend!!

Cindy Pinion, Richmond Hill, Gs

So sorry for your loss. Love your Gene!

Kirk Campbell, ATLANTA, GA

Genie, I'm so sorry for your loss. There is no doubt that she loved her baby. From the times I spent with y'all, the many stories I've heard, and the precious videos of your adventures together, it is abundantly clear you two shared a special bond.

Ann Singer, ,

Candle tribute lit by Martha Swindelle — Georgia

Apparently, a prayer & a heart emoji came out as 2 question marks in my previous post! Stop playing around, Ms. Marie, the choir of angels are requesting you front & center!!??

Joanne Newland, , GA

Betsy, I am so sorry to hear that your beautiful Mom has passed. When I sat next to her at last month's luncheon we had such a good chat! You have been such a good daughter in being there for your Mom - no regrets! She is now enjoying her Heavenly reward! ??

Joanne Newland, Statesboro, Georgia

I am with you in your loss and grief. Peace, peace, peace -- Beth

Beth Filson, Easthampton, MA

Dear Genie, My prayers are with you. Hold tight to those happy memories of times shared with your Mother - they are such blessings! with love and friendship, Tina

Faustina Smith, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Cricket Watkins — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Karen Wroeblewski — Virginia

Candle tribute lit by Karen Mauldin — Texas

Mrs Marie is also survived by her daughter Genie Brazzeal's partner of 17 years, Jeffrey Simmons.

, Decatur , GA

Marie was a 1938 graduate of Commercial High School, (later named Savannah High School) where she taught Home Economics after graduating from college. (I was a student in her class.) Marie was also Executive Director of local office of The American Lung Association.

, Garden City, GA

Candle tribute lit by Nancy Futral — Georgia

Genie, I enjoyed having lunch with you and your mother on many days! She was so cheerful and happy to be with you and us. I hope your myriad memories help you navigate this loss.

Beth Everette, Savannah, GA

Genie, I enjoyed having lunch with you and your mother on many days! She was so cheerful and happy to be with you and us. I hope your myriad memories help you navigate this loss.

Beth Everette, Savannah, GA

Peace be with you and your family during your time of bereavement. She will be missed. I heard cute stories from Christina through Jasmine. They both shared a military grandmother in their 90’s. God Bless you guys.

Gigi Jones/ Jasmine’s mother, Savannah , Ga

Dear Genie, Your mom was a friend to me from the moment I met her. I am sorry to have not seen her for these many years. I know she is a peace now and receiving her eternal rewards. Bless you for the love you showed her and for sharing the fun videos which depicted quite well how happy she was to be with you. I'll be praying for you over the next couple days. Let perpetual light shine upon her. Love, Terry

Terry Sagedy, NEWTOWN, CT

Candle tribute lit by Lowell Lawson — Texas

Genie, my sweet friend, I am so very sorry about your mom's death. I know how much you loved her and I remember hearing in her voice how much she loved you when you called her from my phone a couple of years ago. She will always be with you now-watching over you . You will see her smile every time the sun shines and you will hear her laughter whenever you hear a child laugh. Your mom and your dad are together now and no longer burdened with the problems of this world. They will watch over you until the day you join them again. Your mom was a very special woman and she will be missed by many. We love you and are praying for peace in your heart during this sad time.

David and Theresa (Head) Turner, Lecanto, FL

My mother and I shared love of life, dancing, and entertainment. She always called me her "baby." She taught me financial responsibility and civic duty. We loved each other unconditionally. Her memory will be eternal. (Deleting my last posts will not deter me.)

Genie Brazzeal, ,

Words just cannot express my sorrow for the loss of such a fine lady. I have such fond memories of the Daffin Heights parents of my childhood! For pretty much my whole life every time I came home I would remember my mother taking me as a five year old to the Brazzeal’s nursery to buy a little palm tree. That tree now towers over the house on Armstrong Drive. That’s one of my favorite early memories. My parents, Rose and T.L. always loved socializing with Mr. and Mrs. Brazzeal. They had such fun!

Terri Linda Davison (neé Davis), ,

Candle tribute lit by John Lawson — Mississippi

Marie was predeceased by John Jefferson Brazzeal, her husband of 54 years.

, Savannah , GA

Genie, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother, I wish you could upload all those videos of you and her on here so the whole world could see the love and happiness between you and her. Prayers sent to you in your time of sorrow ! May God Bless.

Frankie Branch, Savannah, Ga

I am so, so sorry for your mother's passing. She lead an amazing life and I KNOW how much she loved and treasured all the time she got to spend with you although near the end she wasn't allowed to have much of that time. What a wonderful life she had with your Dad and I hope that they are reunited together again now and she is happy and able to do the things she was not allowed to do . Sending you prayers, love and hugs during this sad time.

Kim Tutan, Savannah, GA

Please accept our deepest sympathy in your bereavement. I remember your Mother fondly, as a Daffin Heights neighbor years ago. Pray your memories will comfort you at this time. Sincerely, Carolyn Usher Oxenrider

Carolyn Usher (Cooper) Oxenrider, SAVANNAH, GA

My deepest sympathy to her family. Such an accomplished lady!

Jeni Ellis-Riggs, Savannah, Georgia

Genie, my heart aches for you your Mom loved you so much. I have seen the heartache you have endured. I have missed the lunches you got to have with Mom, her laughs, expressions when you would make a joke. Just know she is where she is safe,loved,and finally in peace. I can't say what your going through, please know I love you. You will always have my Mom "Williare" to be your second Mom . I pray that the grief will get easier as days and nights pass. RIP Mama Marie.

Diane Pruitt, Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss and hope you find peace but she sure sets goals for this family for living a long life! Loved talking to her and listening to her words of wisdom. I asked her one day about my grandfather since I never met him and I was so glad I did as she had so many memories . So glad I had the chance to get to know her. Another angel in heaven! ??

Caroline Raman, Bellevue , WA

Genie, So sorry for your loss, at least now she is at peace. She sure deserves it after what she was put through the last couple of years. Hugs Genie

Sara Portman, Savannah, Ga

Dear Betsy, Christina, and Genie, I loved my Aunt Marie very much and am sad that she is gone. I am glad we were able to see her last year when Debbie and I made the trip South. Ed and I send our thoughts and prayers to you this week as you celebrate the wonderful life she had. I will never forget her sense of humor, her stories, her love of life, and her love for my Uncle Son and her family.

Sandy Via, North Chesterfield, VA

My condolences, Betsy to you and your family. Your mother was such a doll and I always enjoyed seeing her at our SVA functions. She always seemed so relaxed with you and your love and gentleness with her was a joy to watch. May her memories be a blessing.

Sally Burns Shapiro , Savannah, Ga

Genie, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you have loved your mother and how much she so loved you. I remember her lively spirit and quick wit which were sadly taken away from her in recent years. This all will work out in your favor. It already has for your mother. We can rejoice that she is now at peace free from depression, confusion and distress, and we know she misses you. You will join her and your father one day, unencumbered by this world’s anomalous twists and turns. In the meantime, we love you. Fletcher Spigner III

Fletcher Spigner III, Lexington, SC

Betsy, so very sorry for your loss. I am so glad you brought her to the last luncheon. My next Bloody Mary will be in her memory.

Angela Watkins, Savannah, GA

Betsy and Genie,Heaven has surely just gained an angel. I know Mr John was waiting with open arms. Prayers for you both. May perpetual light shine upon her.

Julia Dyer Strickland, Savannah , Ga

Rip,Mrs Brazzeal. ..Honorary graduate of St vincent's academy class of 1968

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