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Celebrating the life of

Gertie B. Harris

Passed away on May 23, 2022

Gertie B. Harris

Gertie B. Harris, 59, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2022 at Candler Hospital.  She was born in Savannah, daughter of the late Thomas J. Beytagh, Sr. and Margaret Gertrude Kehoe Beytagh.

The long time Catholic was a 1981 graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy and had been employed for 21 years with Island Eye Care.  Gertie loved Tybee Island, listening to her favorite music and most of all spending time with family and friends. 

Surviving are her husband of 25 years, J. Robert Harris, Jr.; two sons, Tripp and Chance; brothers, Tom (Mary Ellen), Jack (Amy) and Mike (Darlene) Beytagh, sisters, Catherine Shanahan, Angela Stegin, Tricia Foran (Mike), Peg Kicklighter (Vince), Suzanne Johnson (David) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

Remembrances:  American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692 or heart.org

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Im so sorry for your loss. She was one of the funniest people i knew. RIP

- Combs, Savannah, Ga

I’m so heartbroken to lose Gertie so young and so suddenly. I’ve known her since grade school and she was just fun and funny and a live spark. I’m praying for all of her friends and family for God’s peace and comfort and that we will keep our joyful memories of Gertie burning brightly.

- Amy Craig, Savannah, GA

I’m so heartbroken to lose Gertie so young and so suddenly. I’ve known her since grade school and she was just fun and funny and a live spark. I’m praying for all of her friends and family for God’s peace and comfort and that we will keep our joyful memories of Gertie burning brightly.

- Amy Craig, Savannah, GA

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- Jay and Jan Holland Ethridge, Alpharetta , Ga

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Our love to Robert, Tripp, Chance & the rest of the family.

- The Smith Family (Linda Harris) , Dawsonville , GA

Robert and family; my deepest condolences to you. I can only imagine your pain right now. Gertie was a great person, so full of life, funny, and I always enjoyed y’all coming to our Branch reunions. Much love, thoughts and prayers from Linda, Shirley and me.

- Gloria Branch Register-Hutcheson , Lyons, Ga

Heaven has gained yet another sweet soul ♥️♥️♥️ Prayers of love and deep peace for the Harris and Beytagh families.

- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, GA

We’re all heartbroken and will miss Gertie terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

- Mark, Ellen, Emma, and Zoe Fulkerson , Tybee Island, GA

As soon as I met Gertie, I knew she was special indeed. My cousin is Nancy Johnson Keaton. I first met Gertie when I was 15 or 16. While we enjoyed many good times back then, I so enjoyed the past several years when my husband and I would vacation on Tybee with our family. One of my favorite highlights would be when my cuz would tell me that Gertie was stopping by to say hi…. I so enjoyed our time together. We are sincerely sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to Gertie’s family. Tricia and Paul Storke

- Tricia and Paul Storke , Timonium , MARYLAND

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To all the Beytaghs, I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you all. May she rest in peace and let perpetual light shine upon her. God Bless you all. Love to all of you.

- Suzanne McLaughlin VonWaldner, Savannah, GA

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My prayers of peace and deepest condolences in the midst of this great loss. Rest well Gertie.

- Denise Polote-Kelly c/o 81, Savannah , GA

Gertie was always so full of life and was a bright light to all she came in contact with. Her joy, laughter, and sense of humor will live on through her loving family. Sending much love and prayers to the Harris family, Foran’s, Welch, and all the Beytagh families.

- Virginia Sullivan Singletary, Savannah , Georgia

Our condolences to Robert, Tripp, Chance and the entire family! You all are in our thoughts and prayers! We are heartbroken to hear the news.

- Jerry, Cindy, Alec, Ryan Avery, Bowling Green , Kentucky

We are so very sorry to learn of Gertie’s passing. She was always full of joy and laughter. She will surely be missed. May she Rest In Peace and perpetual light shine upon her. Our sympathy goes out to all of the family. Prayers for family and find peace in your memories. Love to All.

- Sherrie and George Schwarz, Savannah, GA

Gertie your smile and laugh will live on forever. My thoughts and prayers to the Beytagh and Harris families. I will never forget how you and your family accepted a long hair from the north into your lives. So many years ago, so many memories, so many good times, so many days on Tybee. Rest is peace my friend and I will catch you on the other side

- Corbett, LOGANVILLE, GA

Gertie meant so much to our extended family at Island Eye Care. We always enjoyed catching up with her when we were visiting them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Chip & Kim Mann, Bluffton, Indiana

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Much love and peace !

- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, Georgia

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May she rest in peace. And I pray that God‘s light shines on you all darkness very very sad time.

- Margie Hogan Dooley, Sea Bright , New Jersey

I am heartbroken about Gertie's sudden passing. Growing up, I would always love our family trips to Savannah and Tybee to see our Beytagh cousins and Gertie was my playmate being closest in age to her. I have very fond memories of her and all of the Beytagh's and my heart goes out to everyone! Gertie was a funny, energetic person full of life and a very sweet soul, a true loss for all. Sending all my love and prayers!

- Becky Tennant Jackson, Lauren and Landon Jackson, Alpharetta, Georgia

The world has lost an amazing woman and Heaven has gained another angel. Gertie will forever be in my heart! She was truly the best! Sending lots of hugs, prayers and positive vibes.

- Susie Winn, Fernandina , Fl

I am heartbroken about Gertie's sudden passing. Growing up, I would always love our family beach trips to Savannah and Tybee to see our Beytagh cousins and Gertie was my playmate, being closest in age to her. I have very fond memories of her and all of the Beytagh's and my heart goes out to everyone! Gertie was a funny, energetic person and a very sweet soul, a true loss for all. Sending all my love and prayers!

- Becky Tennant Jackson, Lauren and Landon Jackson, Alpharetta, Georgia

To the Harris and Beytagh families. My heart goes out to you all over this sad sad occasion. I honestly didn't see a lot of Gertie during our "raising kids" years , but I have no doubt that she kept every bit of the spunk and wit and zest for life that she had back in the day. That was her being and that is how I will always remember her, with a smile.

- Mike Finocchiaro, Savannah , Ga

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GERTIE WAS AIWAYS FUNNY AND SMILING,WE ALL ARE GOING TO MISS THAT HUMOR MAY SHE RIP

- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

Robert and family, our deepest condolences to you. We are so sorry for you all, prayers for you and your family.

- Craig and Silvia Spilliards, POOLER, GA

My first teaching years,at St. James School in 1970, I had the pleasure of teaching 3rd grade for 4years! As all teachers ,(no matter what they say, they do have favorites!) Gertie I must confess was one of my favorites!) She stood out in every way! Always smiling; so eager to please! She was precious! Gertie will live in my heart forever! God Bless her, she will be missed by all that knew her! Gone too soon❤️❤️❤️Ellen Ulivo Henderson

- Ellen Ulivo Henderson, Harris Neck ( Eulonia GA), GA 31331

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May God love you and keep you.

- The Joan Schaafs, savannah, ga

Still stunned and heartbroken at the untimely death of a very dear cousin. Gertie gave so much joy and happiness to everyone. Her laugh was infectious and she was a kind and giving person. She will be forever missed and loved. We're unable to get to the funeral, although we would very much like to be there. Thinking about all of you and hope you will find peace with this loss very soon. Love to all.

- Susan Teasdale, Destin, FL

I am deeply Saddened to hear of Gertie's Death and extend sincere condolences to her entire family at this most difficult time. I remember most fondly many happy times I shared with Tom and Gertrude at our Beloved Tybee Island, many with the young clan of 7 in the midst of every one. There was certainly a lot of Love in that Family, and know you are comforted in the sure Faith that Gertie has passed through Death to eternal Life with Our Lord and Mary Immaculate forever. with Love, Jack

- Jack Daniels, Tybee Island, GA

Robert and family, Our deepest condolences for your loss & keeping you all in our prayers.

- Bill & Tricia Lewis , Tybee island, GA

Gertie was always the life of all Beytagh Parties! My heart aches for all of you ! She will be missed , but never forgotten! Love to all of you! Amy & Rob ❣️

- Amy Massey, Savannah , Ga

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Beytagh family. I have many fond memories of the Beytagh living down the street from us at Tybee.

- Mary Anne Butler, Tybee Island, GA

To All of the Beytagh's & Harris's So many good memories of Gertie, Mary Ruth, and their entire gang. Always laughing and having good times. On the beach, off the beach, shower, eat, back on the beach...back and forth. Always having the best times. I remember trying to explain to her that my father and her father graduated from BC together in 1942. She looked at me (I will never forget) and said, "WOW, your daddy's old too!!" Love to all, The McCuen Family

- Victoria Mell McCuen, Savannah, Georgia

We are so sorry. Please accept our condolences.

- Frank and Carla Horne, Jr. , Winterville, GA 30683

So so sorry for your loss. Will keep all the family in my thoughts and prayers. She was a great person.

- Frank Rozenbeck, Eden, Georgia

I’m just heartbroken! I started Kindergarten at St. James with Gertie in my class. Her laugh, her smile, her sense of humor were so endearing. Then we went on to high school together and our years together at SVA were so fun. So many stories that are so precious but unfortunately cannot be shared here! She will live on in our hearts and memories forever. My prayers are with her family. Fly high Gertie. You were such a special person. You will be missed.

- Dorothy Payton Buckman, Rayle, Ga

Gertie was a bright light, every time that I was fortunate to spend time with her. Her hugs were so warm, and special, as she was. She is a bright light still, shining down from heaven. I will miss her terribly.

- Sue Rose, Savannah, Georgia

I was so sorry to hear about Gertie’s death. I did not know her but have heard so many good things about her over the years from Peg, Jack & Amy, Darlene, Catherine and many of her friends. Prayers for the entire family. Love, BettyAnn & Chris Di Silvestro

- Di Silvestro, Savannah, GA

The Harris Family, my side of it anyway, wishes to express our most sincere condolences. You are in our prayers, you are in our thoughts, and we wish you peace during this time of sorrow. Wonderful person she is. She will be missed.

- James K. Harris , Savannah , Ga

My heart felt condolences to her family and friends. Our hearts are broken.

- Sue Rose, Savannah, Ga

I was so saddened to hear about Gertie’s sudden death. Gertie was my first best friend at Saint James. We were born 1 day apart so I have always thought of her around my birthday. We spent lots of time together during our summers at Tybee as we lived a block away from each other. So many great memories. Her laughter and joy was infectious. Everyone wanted to be around Gertie. I send my deepest condolences to her family. I want her family to know that even though they may not know us, Gertie was deeply loved by her many childhood friends.

- Maria de la Guardia, Atlanta, GA

Robert and family's my deepest condolences.

- Alton and Tammy Beard, Guyton, Georgia

I only knew Gertie the last day of her life. I was privileged to hear stories about her from her family. She certainly brought much joy into peoples’ lives. What a wonderful tribute to say about a person’s life. She truly was a blessing to so many people. May she know the joy of God’s eternal embrace and her memory be forever in your hearts.

- Sister Veronica Kovach , Savannah , GA

Our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Gertie. She was a special woman who always had a smile and a friendly hello for anyone she met. Robert, Tripp and Chance, may the memories of the wonderful times together with her carry you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Brassard Family, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Gertie was always a ray of sunshine!

- Julie A Schambach, Savannah, GA, GA

There are no words. We weep with those who weep. God is faithful and we pray He will bring you much peace and comfort in the coming days, and months. One day at a time... We love you.

- Harr & Viki Bookhoop, Brooklet, GA

Robert Tripp Chance so sorry for your loss. I'm sure Gertie is looking down on her family. She so much lover her boys. God bless. Praying for you.

- O.C.Welch III, SAVANNAH, GA

Used to see you at Davis produce.. She was such a happy friend. You will be sadly missed

- Brenda and Spanky Dent, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry to hear of Gertie's passing. She was always filled with light and laughter. My prayers are with the entire family.

- Libby Miller, Savannah, GA

Tom, Jack, Mike and all the Beytaghs, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Gertie, as she was almost a decade behind me at St Vincent’s. But I do know what Family has always meant to the Beytagh’s! Your pain at the loss of a sibling so young is unimaginable! I hope you find peace in the celebration of her life and memories of her that you take forward with you. Love to you all. Ann

- Ann Johnson Finger, Pismo Beach , Ca

Robert, Tripp and Chance, we are so saddened by this news. Gertie was so many things to so many people and she will be sorely missed! We are praying for you and your family during this very difficult time.

- The Roxburgh Family, Greenville, South Carolina

My heart.. is broken, with the loss of Gerti. My prayers go out to each and everyone whose lives she had touched. She will always be remembered as that ray of sunshine that brightened everyone's time spent in her presence. I will be praying for all of my cousins who forever will feel the void left by your loss of your sister, Gerti. Know that she is now in the arms of angels, may Jesus and His Blessed Mother surround each and everyone of you in His loving embrace. Much Love , your cousin, Beth.

- Elizabeth Schladenhauffen Petroff, Savannah, Georgia

Sending my deepest sympathy & condolences to all of you for the loss of Gertie. May God’s peace & comfort surround you now & in the days ahead.

- Carolyn Sheehan, Tybee Island, GA

"There are no words"

- The Harbers, Bloomingdale, GA

Gertie was loved by the Spence family. We have fond memories of our times together. We send our love to Robert, Chance,Trip and the entire Beytegh family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Gail and George Spence, Roswell, Ga

So very sorry for your loss. Condolences to family and friends. She will be missed but never forgotten. Her laugh and humor...one of a kind. RIP.

- Nagy Family , Savannah GA/Jacksonville FL, FL

We are heartbroken to hear about Gertie. She was always smiling . Always remember the good times. She will always be missed. Jane, Johnny and Jake Lawrence.

- John Lawrence, Abbeville, SC

If I heard someone say, “Hello Cuz” I knew it was Gertie. It was always a happy encounter. God bless her family and may perpetual light shine upon her.

- Veva Harty Shuman, Savannah , GA

Gertie was such a sweet person and I’m gonna miss her so much

- Sean , Savannah, Georgia

Gertie was a ray of sunshine everywhere she went! Her infectious laugh and happy heart made those around her feel happy! Thank you Gertie for all the laughs! Until we all meet again, you will be greatly missed! To all of her family and friends…. My prayers are with each of you. Marie… St. James class of ‘77 and SVA class of ‘81

- Marie Darling, Indialantic, FL

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harris and Beytagh family during this difficult time. There is not one person in Savannah that has not been touched by a Beytagh family member. Eternal rest grant unto Gertie, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May she Rest In Peace.

- Anne Brady Byerly and James Byerly, Kansas City, MO

My prayers and love are with all of you. Gertie was pure light, love, and joy.

- Katy Filson Waters, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Gertie was always so sweet and funny.

- Patricia Conneff Picciarelli , Savannah, Ga

I am so sorry. I loved Gertie so much. She was a true friend to me and I will always remember her giving nature and her loving spirit. May God bless and heal her family and friends that she left behind.

- Jacqueline Swezey, Savannah, GA

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Abby - I am so sorry to hear about your aunt . Been praying a lot lately for our community.

- Lucky, Savannah , GA

I send my deepest sympathy to Gertie’s family. I taught her at St.James years ago. I renewed our friendship at Island Eyecare where she treated me so well. May God bless her family. Rest In Peace dear Gertie.

- Charlotte Walker Wilbur, Savannah, GA

We were so sorry to hear about Gertie, whom we met at Island Eye Care. She was a wonderful person. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family.

- Dean and Cheryl Hunter, Wilmington Island, Georgia

Gertie was always so sweet and kind at Island Eye Care. Loved talking to her. I’m very sorry for her family’s loss. Know that many people enjoyed seeing and talking to her everyday.

- Alli Spitalnick , Savannah, GA

My heart goes out to Robert, Tripp and Chance during this very difficult time of losing such a special wife and mom. I wish I would have gotten to know Gertie better, but I’m blessed that our paths had crossed. She was always so kind and caring and checked in on me when my husband was ill. May she Rest In Peace and may God give her loved ones comfort.

- Kris Tillman, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

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