Celebrating the life of

Martha Sims Buttimer

Passed away on May 20, 2021

Martha Sims Buttimer

Martha S. Buttimer, 88, of Savannah, GA passed away at her home on May 20, 2021.   

A native of Savannah, she was the daughter of Roy R. Sims and Willie Altomease Hill Sims.  Martha graduated from Commercial High School and went on to work at Union Camp where she met the love of her life, Patrick Joseph Buttimer Jr.   Sadly, Pat passed away in 1968 leaving Martha to raise her four children.  Martha instilled a strong work ethic in her children and was immensely proud of the people they became.  Martha went on to work at The Pirate’s House as the Office Manager and Herb Traub’s right hand for 22 years.  After that, Martha worked in the Accounting Department at Memorial Hospital and retired after 18 years of service.   Martha was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament and St. James Catholic churches.

Martha enjoyed cheering on her children at their various sporting events and was known to give unsolicited direction (i.e. yell at) their teammates, much to her children’s embarrassment.  Martha loved ALL sports having been a basketball and tennis player as well as a bowler, golfer and line dancer.  She loved the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons.  She never encountered a sport she didn’t enjoy watching … even Curling!  Martha also spent many happy days on Tybee soaking up the sun.

In addition to her parents and husband, Martha was predeceased by her brothers, Roy R. Sims Jr. and Daniel R. Sims and her granddaughter, Melissa Blaine Coleman Bunton.  Survivors include son Patrick Buttimer III (Patricia) of Longwood, FL; daughter Susan Coleman (Bruce) and sons Terrance Buttimer (Pam) and Stephen Buttimer (Kent) of Savannah.  Grandchildren, Patrick Buttimer IV, Kathleen Budd (David), Brittany Feus (Karl), Caitlin Buttimer (Connor), Collin Cronje (Diedeliff), Stephen Buttimer, Sims Buttimer and 6 great grandchildren.  Sister, Mary Sims Larson (Dick) and Sisters-in-Law Helen Marie Buttimer, Molly Buttimer and Mayette Sims and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday May 24th at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel at 10:00 am with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 am.  Interment will follow the service at the Catholic Cemetery on Wheaton Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to St. Vincent’s Academy, 207 E Liberty St., Savannah, GA  31401 or the charity of your choice.

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She was a sweet person. Was my supervisor for over 20 years at Memorial. I loved her and will miss her.

- Barbara Jenkins, Bloomingdale, GA

Prayers and hugs to the family! Martha was my boss for over 20years @ hospital. She taught me so much about life! I have a lot of wonderful memories with her @ work and away from work! She was amazing lady who I consider as a second Mom to me in so many ways! She will be truly missed! I love you Martha Buttimer!❤❤

- Linda Summerlin, Savannah, Georgia

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- Linda Summerlin, Savannah, Georgia

We are so sorry for your loss. You have been blessed to have a great Mom. She was well Loved and will be greatly missed. You will see her again. In Jesus name be blessed. David and Celeste

- David and Celeste Liggett , Savannah, Georgia

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God Looked around his garden saw a empty space , and welcomed Martha home. May you all be blessed with the wonderful memories she gave you all with her Love Very Special Lady.

- Lisa Taylor, Savannah, Georgia

So sorry for the loss of Mrs Martha Buttimer.Deepest Condolences

- denise bacot, Savannah, GA

I did not know her, I know Patricia, her daughter in law as she helps me with a Christian ministry on Facebook. I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. May Ms. Buttimer rest in peace and rise in glory. May all who mourn her be comforted in their grief.

- Gloriamarie Amalfitano, San Diego, CA

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- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

Terry, Pam, and Girls, Cal and I are so saddened to hear this. Martha was a “one of a kind” and we loved her dearly. You are in our prayers and may peace be with you.

- Cal and Kim Broome, North Augusta , SC

Martha was an absolute treasure! We so enjoyed her company over the past 12 years. Such a witty and wonderful person. May you have peace in knowing she has been welcomed home by many. May God’s perpetual light shine upon her.

- Debbie & Tony Cela, Hardeeville , SC

I worked with Martha in the Pirates House office. May she RIP

- Martha Ann DeLaigle, Madison, TN

My wife and I were happy to be on the worst team in the bowling league with Martha. No matter how bad we bowled, her worst exclamation was “Sugar!” She was full of fun and warmth.

- Jeff and Betty Sewell, Lorton, VA

I know Martha will be dearly missed and I'm sorry I didn't have the chance to know my cousin better.

- Donna Marie Phillips, Loveland, Colorado

I remember Ms Martha from the Pirates House. God bless and comfort her family and loved ones.

- Carolyn Johnson, Columbus , Ga

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

- Madeline Hahn, Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Burial
  • on Mon, May 24, 2021
  • Catholic Cemetery
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