Celebrating the life of

Mildred Elizabeth Martin Cooley

April 30, 1931 - August 16, 2021

Mildred Elizabeth Martin Cooley

Mildred Elizabeth Martin Cooley, 90, died Monday, August 16, 2021, at home surrounded by her loving family. 

The lifelong resident of Savannah graduated from Savannah High School. She was the daughter of the late Leon and Annie Martin. 

Mildred married the Peter Meldrim Cooley, Jr. in 1949. She was a well-loved and respected teacher. Mildred founded the kindergarten program at Cresthill Baptist Church where she taught for several years and was a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader.  Mildred also taught at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School for many years during which time the Southern Cross recognized her in an article about the instruction design and curriculum she developed for the first 3- and 4-year-old preschool program in the Diocese of Savannah; the program is still being used in many of the local catholic schools.  

In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her sister, Ann Martin Marshall; brother, Leon C. Martin, Jr.; and best friend, Neva Mock Creech.

Mildred leaves behind her husband, Peter M. Cooley, Jr.; three daughters, Kathleen Kautz (Thomas), Madeline Ryle (Bobby), and MaryAnne Comvalius (Robert); grandchildren, Suzie Ryle, Christine Strickland, Rebecca Wells, Michael Lindsey, Peter Reddick, and Keith Kautz; great-grandchildren, Annie, Tripp, Nicholas, Sara, Grayson, GuMin, SunYu, Olivia, Shae, Kyson, Keston, Zaden, Brooklyn and Brandon; and many nieces and nephews. 

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery with Rev. Patrick O’Brien officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Thomas Kautz, Robert Comvalius, Tripp Callaway, Nicholas Callaway, Leon C. Martin, III, Peter Jared Dillon Reddick.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert M. Ryle, Jr., Michael Thomas Cooley Lindsey, Keith Richard Kautz, Tyler Charles Martin and Mark Strickland.




Heaven received one kind hearted soul. May God be with the family and friends.

- Michael and Laura, Savannah , Ga

Kathleen you and your precious family are in our prayers. Praying God's peace in your loss of sweet Pooh and safe travels for your sisters and families.

- Chuck and Lynn Eaton, Tybee Island , Ga

So sorry for the loss of Mildred (Pooh} she was a great lady and loving Mother and Grandnmother to all of you.

- Dale & Tina Warbington, Savannah, Ga

So sorry to learn of the recent passing of Mildred (Mrs.Cooley). She was a wonderful person and teacher who taught my two childred (Jay and Jennifer) at Cresthill. My condolences to the family.

- Judith E. Boaen, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Cooley. She was a big part of my childhood. I have many wonderful memories of her and Maryanne.. We lost my mom 2 years ago and I surely feel your pain.

- Denise Parrish Brown, Savannah, Georgia

Kat, I'm so sorry ,I just this moment learned of this..your parents image is still burning bright in my memory..I love you all..I'm so sorry

- Robert, Sav, Ga

A candle has been lit!

- Madeline Ryle, Townsend, Georgia

I love you Mama

- Madeline Ryle, Townsend, Georgia

A candle has been lit!

- Suzie Ryle, Shellman Bluff, Georgia

The kids and I love and miss you so much Poohie!!!! ❤️

- Suzie Ryle, Shellman Bluff, Georgia

Madeline & Bobby - Debora, Stanley and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. You and your family are in our prayers.

- Beth Christiansen, Savannah, GA

I had the privilege of teaching with Mildred for several years. She was an amazing teacher and I will cherish my friendship with her.May God's grace bring comfort to her wonderful family.

- Wanda B Daniels, Savannah, Georgia

I was the principal at Blessed Sacrament when Mildred was the preschool teacher. She was a wonderful teacher who truly loved the children she served. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

- Mary Anne Butler, Tybee Island, GA

Kathleen and Family I am so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and Deepest Sympathies at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely Donna Sturgess Stewart

- Donna Sturgess Stewart, Palmetto , Georgia

I am so sorry about your loss. I remember so many things about Mildred. Especially her since of humor. I am sorry that I was unable to attend her funeral. Andy is taking radiation. I am praying for all of you. Love, Claire & Andy

- Claire H Dyches, Statesboro, GA

My deepest sympathy & condolences to you, Kathleen, & to all of your family, with the loss of your dear Mother. God bless.

- Carolyn Sheehan , Tybee Island, GA

Sending you all deepest sympathy and prayers

- Margaret Patton, Carol Patton, Savannah, Ga

Kathleen, Madeline, Maryanne & Pete,I am so sorry for your loss. Mildred was always so bubbly, full of energy and life,she was truly a special person. I pray you will feel Gods love around you. You are in our prayers. Love, Carol & David Dyches

- Carol Dyches, Statesboro, Ga

To the Family of Mrs. Cooley, my heart is broken for your loss, but there’s one thing for sure, Heaven was richly blessed on the day Mrs. Cooley spread her wings to enter those Golden Gates. This earthly home will never be the same, we have lost a beautiful Icon. I have known the Cooley, Martin and Creech Families since I was around 11 years old, I am 74 now. I will miss the fact that she is no longer in Savannah to keep things in order. If anyone could, she could. Oh, how over the years I’ve reminisced over the beautiful memories of her as our Park Lady, now that lady was a saint already to head that job. All I left to say is that Mr Pete and Mrs Mildred Cooley are the best of the best. Everyone loved the Cooley Family!

- Faye Iler Anderson, Pooler , Georgia

The children of a mother is a true reflection of the person they were. God bless this family. Jim and Joyce Deal

- Jim and Joyce Deal, Savannah, Ga

Mrs Cooley was a neighbor and a very special neighbor, she would take me and my 2 sisters to the park where she worked. She organized all the games and gave everyone special things to do to help her, she was a remarkable Lady and we will surely miss her. May God bless her dear family.

- Marie Whitr, Savannah, Ga

Pete and family I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Mildred's warm welcome and support as a young soldier, opening her home and family to me. I have never forgotten that for all these fifty years. I still cherish her picture standing in the front yard on Skidaway Rd with her flag. She had a warm heart and smile big enough for all she met. The world has lost someone very special!

- Ken LeRoy, Ocean Shores, Washington

A candle has been lit!

- Suzie Ryle, Shellman Bluff, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel