Jane Harty Abbott, 89, died on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in her home due to natural causes. A Savannah native, she was born December 14, 1930 to Anthony Harty and Jane Maude Sloan.
She attended the Pape School for Girls and graduated in 1949. She attended Mary Washington College and transferred to Georgia State College in Milledgeville. She met Laurie K. Abbott, a tennis partner of her brother, Tony Harty, while in high school. They started dating later and married February 11, 1952. Of this marriage, five children were born.
Mother lived a busy life, running our household, shuttling us and our friends to school, sporting practice and events, ballet, horseback riding, and swimming and sailing at country clubs…and then there were summers on Tybee and in western North Carolina. She also maintained a full social schedule with her husband.
She was predeceased by her husband, Laurie, all her siblings: Joan, Tony, Billy, and Hill, and her grandson, David Abbott Scherz.
She is survived by her children, Laurie K. Abbott, Jr. (Mary), Anthony H. Abbott (Laura), Jane Abbott Taylor (Dennis), John R. Abbott, and Ann Elizabeth Abbott Devane (Michael); 15 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was a devout Catholic, which she instilled in her children.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, or Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
There was a private graveside ceremony at Catholic Cemetery with Father John Lyons presiding. A funeral mass and reception will be announced at a later date.
So sorry for your loss. Kat and I send sincere condolences and prayers to all you cousins and families that Aunt Jane touched. What a true lady in every sense of the word. Tell Laurie, Tony and Lucinda hello, Sweet Aunt Jane.
- Sloan Harty, St Augustine, FL
May God continue to bless Aunt Jane. A legacy of her enduring faith and love for family remain with us all.
- Veva Harty Shuman, Savannah , GA
To All the the family, No words I can say that will express My heartfelt sympathy of your dear loved one. Let her Beautiful Memories give you all comfort to endure your pain of her absence and I pray that God with give y’all the strength to know that all of us will one day see her again. She became my friend and I love her so much, she will truly be so Missed!!! From Debra Daughtry and Family
- Debra Daughtry, Savannah , GA
Dear Abbott Family: We are sorry to learn or Jane's passing. She was always a shining star at our Coastal GA Botanical Gardens vision. It was always a joy to work with her. Our love and sympathy. Sandi & Alan Beals
- Sandi & Alan Beals, Savannah, GA
Our deepest condolences dear cousins. God broke the mold when he made her. May she rest in peace with her beloved Laurie and all who led the way.
- Agnes Harty and Bill Major, Atlanta, Georgia
Tony and family, Kathryn and I send our sincere condolences. Nay God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace.
- Frank & Kathryn Murray, Savannah , GA.
Kim, Tony, Ginny, John & Ann, so sorry for you all with the passing of your mom. She was a dear. I last spoke to her in 2004 & it was so special to reconnect with her. Always a gracious & lovely southern lady. Praying for you all. Love Ginger
- Ginger Whalley McBride, Hendersonville, North Carolina
So sorry for your loss. Jane was a lovely lady. We appreciate the support she provided Friends of the Coastal Gardens.
- Pat Hackney, Savannah, GA
Kim , Mary and Family I thoughts and prayers for peace today and always! Love to you all , Frank and Carrie Drago Milledgeville, Ga
- Carrie Veal Crice, Milledgeville , GA
To Tony and the entire Abbott family: I want to extend my sincere condolences. I'll keep all of you in my prayers and ask God to bring you comfort in your grief.
- W Bernard Doyle, Savannah, GA
So sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. Prayers go out to family.
- Faye N. Cunningham, Savannah, Ga
I knew Jane Harty since she was 8 years old in Savannah, Ga. Sister to my friend William J. Harty, III. She was a brilliant Lady, pleasant, and lovely Southern girl. Pape School was great for bringing up girls preparing them to be leaders. Jane will be greatly missed by her many friends and devot4d family. My she rest in Peace, and May God Comfort Al Those Who Mourn.
- Murray Silver, Bluffton, SC
With sympathy and prayers, Pam and David Sipple
- Pamela Sipple, SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
Tony , brothers and sister..a rush of your family's memories came straight to me upon reading of your mother's passing...She had much dignity and made sure her children practiced it as well..Stay strong..
- Doyle Crider, Warner Robins, GA
Dear Abbott’s, The love and grace of both of your parents surround you always. Peace be with you.
- Louisa Abbot, Savannah , Georgia
The Oglethorpe Club’s 2nd Friday Bridge group will miss Jane. She was a lovely lady, good Bridge player and a true friend. She will be missed. Love and prayers for her family.
- Susan Wallace, Savannah, GA
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom.
- Ernest R. Burriss III, Leesburg, GA
We will keep Mrs. Abbott and all her family in our prayers.
- Pam and Will O'Donnell, Pooler, Ga.
To all the Abbott’s, your mother was a beautiful and kind lady, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all.
- Mary Ann Goodgame , Savannah , Ga
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A Private Service Will Be Held