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Celebrating the life of

Judy Whalen Hilliard

November 12, 1943 - April 02, 2024

Judy Whalen Hilliard

At home, surrounded by her loving family, Judy Whalen Hilliard, 80, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

Judy was a lifelong resident of Savannah. She was born on November 12, 1943 to the late James Edward “Bookie” Whalen and the late Margie Elizabeth Cribbs Whalen. Judy’s life was a combination of faith, family, and friendship. Judy was a devout Catholic and a communicant of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and a former communicant of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  She was an extraordinary woman with a remarkable ability to engage people. Judy was most proud of her three sons, her beautiful grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. For several years, Judy served as Cub Scout Leader of Troop 115.  Judy never met a stranger. After more than 20 years of service, she retired from the office of Dr. Christiansen and Dr. Bailey. After retirement, Judy was a devoted and compassionate caregiver, giving those she cared for endless love and support.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Rion Hilliard, and a sister, Mary Graddick.

Judy’s children, grandchildren, and siblings all held a special place in her heart. She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph Rion and Elizabeth Hilliard, Michael and Stephanie Hilliard, and Carter Hilliard; five grandchildren, Alexis, Ashley, Wyatt, Rion, Michael, Jr. "David", and Cameron (Macaila); seven great-grandchildren, Mary, Wyatt, III "Bubbas", Madison, Makenzie, Kaison, Sophia, Juniper, and Kameron; three sisters, Diane Sciolino, Kathy Bryant, and Janie Aeger (Charlie); brother, James Edward Whalen, Jr. "Bubba", and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Saturday, April 6, 2024. A Rosary service will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by A Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Smith celebrating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Abbey East Cemetery.




A candle has been lit!

Condolences to the family. She was certainly a wonderful person. So glad I was able to have seen and chatted with her recently. God Bless ya'll.

- Marion Ingram, Savannah, Ga

My deepest condolences to your family. Judy was always a faithful friend to my mom, Colomba and my family. She will be sorely missed.

- Maura Gentile Baglione, Durham, NC

Cheerful, kind ,reliable , loyal, fun...I could go on and on. Judy was a very special person indeed. She was a dear friend to my mother and I know that they are celebrating big in heaven!! My condolences to the family.

- Marina Gentile Jones, Perry, Georgia

Rest in Peace Judy.

- Jane Patricia Harte , Savannah , Georgia

Alex and I send our most heartfelt condolences to the entire family. We know words are never enough. Her presence will be missed. As will her place in the card games. We love you all.

- Toni and Alex Ware, Savannah, GA

Mrs Judy was one in a million. The kindest woman I have ever known .I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope that your family can find comfort in knowing her suffering is over . Love you guys .

- Dana Brown, Rincon, GA

My deepest condolences for such a beautiful woman! She was such a blessing to me. I will never forget her being there for me and my daughter. Praying for comfort for everyone that loved her during this time. She will be missed by so many

- Jodie Lewis, Springfield, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel