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Celebrating the life of
Mildred Hendrix Mooney
November 09, 1931 - July 11, 2019
Mildred “Biddie” Mooney Passes Away at 87 Leaves Her Mark On The People and The City She Loved
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Graveside Service
  • 10:00am - Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 330 Bonaventure Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-651-6843

Mark and Kay , My prayers and thoughts go out to your whole family. Sincerely, Christopher Kowal

Christopher Kowal, Hamden, CT

Dear Kay and family, I can't say enough good things about your mother. She lifted people up and always spoke with kind words, enthusiasm and passion. She was full of happiness and energy every time we spoke or visited Savannah. She was a special lady and will be remembered always! Sending our love and wishes for peace and happiness as you honor her memory.

Gina and Bernie Grundusky, Mechanicsburg, PA

Dear Kay and Mark, We were so sorry to hear about your mother. We always remember the cement block fence falling on your mother's car after the hurricane. We moved back to Savannah in the ninties. When I think about Speir Street I have such good memories. Even though it seems like more than a life time ago. Life changes so many things except the memories, the good ones! May God bless you and your wonderful family. Cindy & Henry

Cindy & Henry Burgstiner, Savannah, GA

Dear Kay and family, I’m so sorry to hear the sad news of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely person and will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Barbara Parker

Barbara Parker, Wayland, , MA

Dear Kay and family, We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. What a strong, fearless and beautiful woman. Hopefully the wonderful memories you have of Biddie will comfort you during this difficult time.

The Lombardi Family, Old Saybrook , CT

Kay, Sending prayers and condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved mom. I see where you get your zest for life! Her legacy definitely lives on through you and all of those whose life she touched.

Djuana Beamon, Hartford, CT

Thoughts and prayer to Kay and family. We all know how much Biddie was loved and cherished. Love Matt & Pam

Matthew Kowal, Fort Worth, TX

My prayers are with you and your family during your time of sorrow. It was a privilege to know Mrs. Mooney, she was a very nice lady, love to dress nice and everything was matching from shoes, and Jewelry. Always had a style about herself. I used to call her Miss Diva.

Bennie Benniefield, Savannah, GA

 

SAVANNAH, GA—Mildred “Biddie” Mooney, a longtime resident of Savannah who cherished her family and friends and the city that had been her home for decades, passed away on July 11. She was 87.

Called Biddie since childhood, a nickname created by her sister because she could not pronounce “Mildred”, it became her lifelong trademark. Anyone who referred to her as “Mildred” simply did not know her. But for those who were privileged to know her, her love and her friendship knew no bounds. With that love also came a healthy dose of honesty which she expected to work both ways. Those fortunate enough to be in her orbit were ready for both. And as a result, the relationships she built over a lifetime were both rich—and very real.

Her dynamic personality and zest for life always propelled her to the center of whatever social situation in which she found herself. Once, at the CBS Convention in Los Angeles, Biddie was engaged in a conversation with Dan Rather when the news anchor received an urgent phone call from New York summoning him back because President Reagan had been shot. Before leaving, he returned to the ballroom to apologize to Biddie for cutting short their visit. Her magnetism was legendary, even among the luminaries.

Biddie was among the best of “the greatest generation.” In many ways, she was a living example of the optimism and enthusiasm that defined a generation that had lived through a world war and come out victorious. From the very beginning, she was an unstoppable force with a personality to match. Things happened when she arrived, and everyone knew it and loved it.

Biddie Mooney lived life entirely on her own terms. And those close to her marveled at her fearless attitude and determination and embraced her because of it.

Mildred “Biddie” Mooney was born in Reidsville, Georgia on November 9, 1931, the second daughter of Lollie and Gene Hendrix. Her early years were spent in Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and California, where her father took jobs as a defense contractor. After the war ended, Biddie moved to New York to pursue a career in modeling. But her heart was always in Savannah, and in 1951 she returned to marry Jess Mooney, a union which lasted for 58 years until his passing in 2010. Biddie and Jess had three children, Mark (Gail) of Hilton Head Island, SC, Kay (Mark Agnoli) of Durham, CT and Chris, who predeceased his mother in 2011.

In addition to her children, Biddie is survived by two grandchildren, Victoria Mooney of Vernon, CT and Andrew Mooney of Hilton Head Island, SC; a step-granddaughter Jame MCoy Collins of Savannah, a step-great-granddaughter Emery Collins; her sister, Paulette Pettinella of Wayne, NJ, her niece, Pamela Pettinella of Minneapolis, two nephews, Steven (Barbara) Pettinella of Hockesin, DE and Richard (Julia) of Lincoln Park, NJ, and her loving caregiver and friend, Chyrel Keefe of Savannah.

A burial will be held at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah on Saturday, July 13 at 10am for family and friends (please wear colorful clothes) with a Celebration of Life planned for a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Fox & Weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any remembrances be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Humane Society, all causes that were special to her.

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Mark and Kay , My prayers and thoughts go out to your whole family. Sincerely, Christopher Kowal

Christopher Kowal, Hamden, CT

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Dear Kay and family, I can't say enough good things about your mother. She lifted people up and always spoke with kind words, enthusiasm and passion. She was full of happiness and energy every time we spoke or visited Savannah. She was a special lady and will be remembered always! Sending our love and wishes for peace and happiness as you honor her memory.

Gina and Bernie Grundusky, Mechanicsburg, PA

Dear Kay and Mark, We were so sorry to hear about your mother. We always remember the cement block fence falling on your mother's car after the hurricane. We moved back to Savannah in the ninties. When I think about Speir Street I have such good memories. Even though it seems like more than a life time ago. Life changes so many things except the memories, the good ones! May God bless you and your wonderful family. Cindy & Henry

Cindy & Henry Burgstiner, Savannah, GA

Dear Kay and family, I’m so sorry to hear the sad news of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely person and will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Barbara Parker

Barbara Parker, Wayland, , MA

Dear Kay and family, We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. What a strong, fearless and beautiful woman. Hopefully the wonderful memories you have of Biddie will comfort you during this difficult time.

The Lombardi Family, Old Saybrook , CT

Kay, Sending prayers and condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved mom. I see where you get your zest for life! Her legacy definitely lives on through you and all of those whose life she touched.

Djuana Beamon, Hartford, CT

Thoughts and prayer to Kay and family. We all know how much Biddie was loved and cherished. Love Matt & Pam

Matthew Kowal, Fort Worth, TX

My prayers are with you and your family during your time of sorrow. It was a privilege to know Mrs. Mooney, she was a very nice lady, love to dress nice and everything was matching from shoes, and Jewelry. Always had a style about herself. I used to call her Miss Diva.

Bennie Benniefield, Savannah, GA


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