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Celebrating the life of

Debra Ashley Nettles Mahany

February 01, 1974 - July 30, 2021

Debra Ashley Nettles Mahany

Debra Ashley Nettles Mahany gained eternal rest on July 30, 2021, after a battle with urethral carcinoma. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. 

Debra was born February 1, 1974, to the late Joyce and Cliff Nettles, just six minutes after her twin sister, Barbara. Debra graduated from Calvary Baptist High School in 1992 and Armstrong State College with a B.S. in Nursing. Debra was a gifted and compassionate nurse for many years, as well as a clinical instructor later in her career. 

On July 10, 2009, Debra married Jeff Mahany and instantly became a bonus mom to Helen. Their son Joseph was born on July 13, 2012, to complete their family.  Her family meant everything to her.

In addition to Jeff, Helen, Joseph, and Barbara, Debra is survived by her sister, Christy Nettles David; brother-in-law, Brian David; nephew, Will David, and niece Meg David. She is also survived by Jeff’s parents, Joe and Joan Mahany; her brother and sister-in-law, Joey and Beth Mahany; niece, Anna Mahany, and nephew, Sam Mahany. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 2, 2021, at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist.

Remembrances may be made in Debra’s memory to the Humane Society of Greater Savannah (there was never a dog that Debra didn’t love) or the American Cancer Society. 

 

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So very sorry for the loss of this remarkable lady!! I will keep all who loved and are missing her in my prayers.

- Jan Mamalakis , Savannah, GA

As an Identical twin as well, Debra and Barbara always shared a funny bond with me and my twin Bentley. Though, I will say they were always the funniest twins and such a joy to be around. We've known them for almost 20 years and have always enjoyed their company with so many laughs. Debra's passing is too much to bear with my thoughts of her entire family and pups. She was an incredibly caring mother and dog lover. I feel sick about her passing for her closest loved ones. God bless and comfort each of you.

- Brooke Edwards, Savannah, GA

Debra was a sweet, kind, gentle individual who faught hard for what she wanted. Barbara, her sister is a dear friend to our family and talked about Debra all the time- she loved her to the ends of the earth, as did everyone who knew her did- I love this family and my heart hurts for the pain they are experiencing— but God is good and will eventually heal the hurt. It is a nice thought to think of her walking the streets of gold with her parents!

- Robin Rowe Marshall, Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear about your family loss. My sincere condolences to everyone. Love & prayers! Linda Fordham

- Linda Fordham, Midway, US

We’re so saddened to hear the news of Debra’s passing. Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to your family.

- Thilenius Family , Bentonville, AR

Praying for the repose of Debra’s soul and for the consolation of her family’s grief. God Bless!

- COL(ret) Sam Russell, Carlisle, PA

Dr Mahaney, I just received word of your wife’s passing...I am out of town still caring for my mother and will not return to Savannah until later next week. I remember so well the words you spoke to me when I was in your office after Garvin had died and I was crying. I missed his presence so very much...but you assured me “don’t worry you will see him again”. I never forgot that! Such faith and encouragement...it is what we all need at times like this. The hope that only Our Savior can give. I will pray for your strength in the days ahead...that you will follow your Saviors lead, as he brings comfort, peace and love to you, your son, daughter and family. Kathleen

- Kathleen McClain, Savannah, Ga

I’m so sorry to each of you who will be experiencing this void in your lives, thinking of you.

- Joan Wade, Savannah, Ga

Sending so many prayers for comfort, peace and strength. I remember Debra and Barbara fondly as toddlers and knew their parents growing up. My heartfelt condolences to your entire family.

- Susan Dailey, Savannah, Ga

Jeff, Kathryn and I are so very sorry to hear of Debra's passing. You and your family are in our prayers. May God give you the comfort through this time.

- Frank & Kathryn Murray, Savannah , GA

Debra was such a beautiful and fun loving person and will be missed by so many people who’s life she touched. My deepest sympathy for Debra’s family. You guys are in my thoughts.

- Brian Harn, Savannah, Georgia

Debra stood up to this illness with courage and hope for more valuable time with her family. She persevered through many difficulties, as did all of you, but I trust she knew she had given it her all. Our hearts break for each one of you as you grieve the loss of this dear precious girl….wife, mother, sister and friend! We will always remember Debra’s infectious laugh and good sense of humor! We’re coming home to be with you all to offer what comfort we can. Love, Beth and Scott

- Beth and Scott Glass, Savannah, Ga

A few years ago when we were waiting for the mass to begin at Benedictine, Larry’s cell phone went off playing the Notre Dame fight song, which resounded thru the small Chapel. With that Father Ron, who was getting vested to say the mass came out and shouted …..IS ANYBODY READY FOR FOOTBALL. Father Ron con celebrated Larry’s funeral.

- Gerry & MaryLou Deeney, Sav, Ga

A few years ago when we were waiting for the mass to begin at Benedictine, Larry’s cell phone went off playing the Notre Dame fight song, which resounded thru the small Chapel. With that Father Ron, who was getting vested to say the mass came out and shouted …..IS ANYBODY READY FOR FOOTBALL. Father Ron con celebrated Larry’s funeral.

- Gerry & MaryLou Deeney, Sav, Ga

A few years ago when we were waiting for the mass to begin at Benedictine, Larry’s cell phone went off playing the Notre Dame fight song, which resounded thru the small Chapel. With that Father Ron, who was getting vested to say the mass came out and shouted …..IS ANYBODY READY FOR FOOTBALL. Father Ron con celebrated Larry’s funeral.

- Gerry & MaryLou Deeney, Sav, Ga

A few years ago when we were waiting for the mass to begin at Benedictine, Larry’s cell phone went off playing the Notre Dame fight song, which resounded thru the small Chapel. With that Father Ron, who was getting vested to say the mass came out and shouted …..IS ANYBODY READY FOR FOOTBALL. Father Ron con celebrated Larry’s funeral.

- Gerry & MaryLou Deeney, Sav, Ga

I am so sorry to hear of Debra passing. My prayers go out to your family. Debra was one of my mom's nurse's. Her kindness to my mom was so touching. Her caring and sweet nature, with a sense of humor was appreciated. Heaven received an angel.

- Kathy Gerber, Richmond Hill, GA

We are holding you tight

- Mallory & Julia Pearce, Tybee Island, GA

A candle has been lit!

Debra was both a coworker and friend. I am truly so very sorry for your loss . She will always be a part of the Memorial family .

- Wanda Horton, Brooklet, Georgia

We were so sorry to hear of Debra’s death. We are surrounding all of you with prayers for peace and comfort.

- Andrea & Sebastian Verdis, Savannah , GA

My deepest heartfelt sympathy with the loss of Debra. May you feel God's enduring love and compassion and may your heart be comforted by the prayers of those who care.

- suzanne Woodrum, Savannah, GA

While I am now retired from Georgia Southern, as Chair of the School of Nursing, I was thrilled to have Debra join us as a clinical instructor. She brought her pride as a graduate of Armstrong to her position and so graciously shared her knowledge, skill and expertise with her students. She was a kind, caring and devoted nurse and I am so saddened to learn of her passing. I am so sorry for your loss and am blessed to have known Debra and to have had the pleasure of working with her.

- Catherine Gilbert, Savannah, GA

A true bright spirit has left innumerable smiles in memories for all of that knew Debra. Mine began at Tiponi and the infamous “pool building” in the Nettle’s backyard. There were many family stories as one of Joyce and Cliff’s three precious daughters. My most sincere condolences to Debra’s family. May she rest in God’s peace and may His perpetual light shine upon her.

- Veva Harty Shuman, Savannah , Ga.

To Debra’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Debra for years at Memorial and loved it so much! She was just a joy and one of a kind! She loved her friends, her co workers, and her patients. I loved getting to know her and seeing her out and about around town. We loved talking dogs lol. She was the best. Love and prayers are being sent your way.

- Christen Standiford, Savannah, Ga

This is so sad! Debra was the best mother! When she'd pick Joseph up from preschool, she would always engage him in conversation about which superhero he was and ask what superhero she could be! Little did we know... she was a real life superhero! She fought a gallant battle!

- Elsie Gonto (IOH UMC Preschool), Savannah, Ga

A candle has been lit!

- Stephen Herb, Savannah, Ga.

A candle has been lit!

Prayers and sincere condolences to Debra’s family and friends.

- Kevin Farmer, Savannah , GA

I am praying for your comfort, strength & peace during this difficult time.

- Dianne Threat, Savannah, GA

Dr. Mahany, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

- Allison Witherow, Savannah, GA

Jeff, I am so sorry for you and your family”s loss!! Please know that my thoughts snd prayers are with you!!

- Andrea Leino Morris, McDonough , GA

Dear Dr. Jeff, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear wife Debra. Please be assured of my prayers for you, Joseph, Helen, and family. May God lead through your sorrow and may Debra rest in God's peace. With deep sympathy, Sister Susan Harms

- Sister Susan Arnold Harms, Savannah, Georgia

So sorry to hear or your loss after a valiant fight. Wishing you all peace and comfort. Prayers for all.

- Benton family , Savannah, Ga

There is so much I want to say but I just don't have the words. She was a wonderful person with a bright and beautiful soul. She will be missed.

- Sean Hayden, Savannah , GA

My heart and prayers are with your family today and always. Praying for Gods Peace that passes all understanding! I’m sure God said Welcome home thou good and faithful servant.

- Joyce Thomas , Dunwoody , Ga

A candle has been lit!

- Joyce Thomas, Dunwoody, GA

Jeff, so sorry to hear of Debra. Her mom and I worked together in Atlanta. Her dad and I went to Nativity School together. You and your family are in my prayers.

- Mary Forbes, Savannah, United States

I am so so saddened by this news. Debra you were pure sunshine. You are responsible for many a belly laugh of mine. I know you are in heaven keeping everyone laughing.I can hear your own laugh now as it is unforgettable. I just can’t believe this news. We are sending love and prayers to your sweet family, Jeff and “Bongo”, your sister and all the many many many that love you. RIP sweet friend…

- Kara and Mike Harner, Atlanta , GA

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. My heart is sad to know the world has lost Debra's smile and personality. She was a wonderful coworker and friend as I started out in nursing. Much love to you all in this hard time!

- Miriam Cummings , Acworth , GA

Words are never seemingly right or enough. I am heartbroken to hear of Debra’s passing. I worked with Debra years ago at St. Joes. She was so full of light, laughter and joy. Condolences to her husband, son, family and friends. I pray God holds you all close and tight…footprints in the sand.

- Kristi Shiver, Douglasville, Georgia

I had the pleasure of teaching Debra, Barbara, and Christy when they were in high school. When I heard about Debra, I was deeply saddened. She always had a smile and a kind spirit. My heart aches for her son, her husband, and her sisters. Debra is at peace now and among the angels. You are loved, sweet girl, and forever in the arms of God.

- Ronda Parker Johnson, Savannah, GA

Someone who shared so much of life with you will forever be a part of you. The two of you shared truly something special! Keeping you and your family in my prayers!

- Daniel Sheppard, Savannah, Georgia

I am so sorry to hear about Debra's passing. Christy and Barbara, you are in my thoughts are prayers as well as your entire families.

- Susan Mason Robertson, Richmond Hill, GA

So very sorry for your loss. Have been praying, and will continue to pray for you all. God Bless Debra and each of you.

- Sister Pat Kennedy, Ardmore, PA

My heart sinks for your loss. Mrs Debra was an absolute breath of fresh air during nursing school (As my bestest nursing instructor ever!!) She is thought of often because she made us work hard, but she made us laugh harder.

- Ashley Garner, Guyton, GA

Debra always made me smile and laugh every time I saw her. She was a beautiful human inside and out. She will be missed.

- Biza Mabry, Savannah, GA

We are praying and thinking of you and the entire family. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved sister .

- Pam and Madison Watson, Decatur , Georgiq

Jeff, I’m so very saddened to hear of your loss. Many prayers for you and your family.

- Leslie Browning, Alamo, Ga

Expressing sincere condolences for the loss of Debra. She was such a fun, energetic soul who touched so many lives during her time as a clinical instructor for Adult Health II on the Armstrong Campus. I so enjoyed working with her throughout the semesters. She was an excellent clinical instructor and played an integral role in teaching future nurses. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

- Trina Embrey, Savannah, GA

Jeff, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time

- mark D lofton, Savannah, GA

I was so sorry to learn of the loss of Debra. I was never able to tell Barbara and Debra apart, I would always tell them when I would see them, "I know you are one of Joyce's girls, but I don't know which one". It has been several years since I saw Debra and she introduced me to her son. She was a happy mama with a happy little boy! Prayers are with Debra's family and her friends in your loss. Jane Spivey Anderson

- Jane Spivey Anderson, Savannah, Georgia

Although we had not met Miss Debra, it is obvious from the eulogies that she was much loved and respected. Our heartfelt condolences to the Mahany and Nettles families. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

- Diane & Skip Sasser, Wilmington Island, GA

Although we had not met Miss Debra, it is obvious from the eulogies that she was much loved and respected. Our heartfelt condolences to the Mahany and Nettles families. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

- Diane & Skip Sasser, Wilmington Island, GA

Barbara, I am so very sorry for your loss. Debra seemed so protective of you and I'm sure you were the same for her. I know you both fought together as only twins can. You are in my prayers.

- Katherine Bullis, Marietta, GA

Jeff, Joe, and Joan….we were so sorry to hear about your loss. What a wonderful, wonderful person. We are out of town and couldn’t attend the funeral, and I’m sorry for that. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.

- Charlie Davis, Savannah, GA

Butch and I are sending our love and prayers to the Mahaney and Nettles families. We will remember her warmth and beautiful smile. I remember talking mommy stuff with her, as my twin boys are only four months older than Joseph. Praying for you, Jeff, and your son.

- Butch and MaryGrace Elmgren, Smyrna, GA

Very sorry to hear about Debra. I know she will be missed.

- Zane Campbell, St. Louis, MO

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900