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Celebrating the life of

Margaret Eloise Hendrix Daly

Passed away on June 05, 2022

Margaret Eloise Hendrix Daly

Margaret Eloise Hendrix Daly, 87, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 5, 2022, following an extended illness. She was born in Savannah, the oldest daughter of the late Benjamin Atwood Hendrix and Mary Thomas Hendrix Strickland, and was a proud descendent of the historic Salzburgers who settled in Ebenezer, GA in the early 1700s.

While attending Commercial High School and cheerleading for the Cobras, Margaret met the love of her life, James A. Daly, Jr.  The high school sweethearts married in 1954, and soon became partners in life and business.  In 1968, Jim joined with Gerald Pollack, to form Pollack and Daly Photography. Meticulously organized and with a natural business acumen, Margaret embraced innumerable behind-the-scenes responsibilities – from bookkeeping and scheduling to serving as Jim’s on-site photography assistant – holding lights, posing wedding parties, and serving as the official “bridal gown fluffer.”  In 1989, Margaret and Jim started Jim Daly Photography, working tirelessly together until their retirement in 2000.

Margaret’s definition of retirement led to the purchase of Seaweed's Snow Cones on Tybee Island, which she and Jim seasonally operated in the early 2000s. The business delighted her grandchildren to no end, and Margaret enjoyed meeting Tybee visitors from all over the world. Decades earlier, Margaret also supported her son’s Daly float rental business on Tybee, serving as self-appointed sentry for wayward floats that drifted too far away.

A faithful Catholic, Margaret attended St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish.  She enjoyed a passion for animals and gardening, and was a member of the Wilmington Island Garden Club and Red Hat Society.  Margaret maintained one of the most impeccable yards on Wilmington Island (in part due to her rumored proclivity for tossing fallen pinecones from her trees into her son’s next door yard).

Affectionately known as "Nannie," Margaret was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, and friend, and will be deeply missed. She loved her family and strived always to make sure they were well cared for. One of Margaret’s joys was hosting gatherings for family and friends – her post-St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Christmas Eve Midnight Mass potlucks were legendary, as were her Sunday night picnics at the beach house. 

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James A. Daly, Jr. and is survived by her younger sister and dearest friend Betty Stephens; beloved children, Kathy Daly Salter (Steve), Dr. James A. Daly III (Lake), Dr. Dale P. Daly (Susan), all of Savannah; her eight grandchildren - Jonathan Salter (Anna), Madison Daly, James Daly IV (Olivia), Louisa Daly, Kate Daly, Hannah Daly, Jack Daly, Sam Daly and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Lake Carbo, who each brought infinite joy to her life; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and her cherished cat Rudy, Margaret’s steadfast companion for more than 14 years. 

Visitation will be held starting at 5:00 p.m. with a vigil starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel.  A Mass of Christian Burial is planned later in the summer for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church on Tybee Island. An inurnment ceremony will be held at the Greenwich Cemetery Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites remembrances for:  Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Dr., Savannah, GA 31406; or, The Fresh Air Home on Tybee, P.O. Box 14144, Savannah, GA 31416.

 

 

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Sending deep peace and calm to the entire family and all who loved Ms. Margaret.

- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, Georgia

Dale, I’m sorry about the passing of your mom. I pray that the Good Lord will bring peace and comfort to you and the rest of the family in your time of mourning.

- Brian Welch, Odessa, FL

I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Margaret's passing she was always so nice to me when I was apart of the family. I remember the family gatherings at her house and Ms. Stephen's house for the holiday's always so much joy and laughter. My prayers go out to each and everyone that God surrounds you with his undying love as you mourn your loss it's never easy losing a parent.

- Debbie Miller , Pembroke , Georgia

Kathy and family, I am sending my deepest sympathy for the loss of your wonderful mother. I have fond memories of she and your father. God bless the entire family. Patsy

- Patsy O’Loughlin Rann, Roswell, Ga

Pam and I send our deepest sympathy to all of the Daly and Salter family. May the grace of Our Lord Jesus be with you all.

- Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Cullum III, Savannah , GA

My thoughts and prayers are with the Daly family. Mrs Daly was the kindest lady. I remember her serving lunch at Blessed Sacrament to her serving snow cones at Tybee. She always remembered your name. Let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

- Anne Brady Byerly, Kansas City, Missouri

Kathy,so sorry for your loss.

- Jacky Yglesias , Tybee Island , Ga

Condolences

- Buddy Martin , Savannah , Ga

Jim and Lake, my sincerest condolences at the passing of your mother. I know how tough it is losing a parent. You can at least rest easy with the knowledge that she is finally resting at peace with God. Jim Davis

- Jim Davis, Savannah, Ga

You will be so missed.

- Nancy Hiers, Savannah. , Ga

Aunt Margaret was definitely one of a kind. Her kindness, humor, thoughtfulness, and loving personality as well as her devoted work ethic was a guiding light for my life going forward and I am forever grateful that she graced my life. Kathy, Bubba and Dale, I know there are no words at this time that can really bring you solace but I wish you all the love in my heart which I hope can help you carry through this trying time. I know my dad and your dad have welcomed her with open arms and she's in good hands. God bless you all.

- Capt. P. Michelle Gillikin, Tybee Island, Georgia

So sorry to hear about Aunt Margaret. My sincere condolences to Jim, Kathy and Dale. I will always remember the big part both your parents played in our Gillikin lives growing up, especially Uncle Jimmy being my godfather as well a longtime friend and classmate of my father Roy. Same goes for Aunt Margaret with my mother Patty. Lots of love and good times over the years we all shared. I will always remember her as being motherly, loving, kind and family. God bless as well as my dearest thoughts and prayers. Dennis Gillikin

- Dennis Gillikin, Atlanta , Ga

Kathy, Jim and Dale. Margaret was more than a friend to me, she was my sister. We go back a long way. Roy, Jimmy, Margaret and I were a foursome for many many years and I loved her dearly. My heart is so sad as well as my heart goes out to you as you are like my children also. I love y’all and am here for you any time. I will miss her dearly. Much love to all of you. Patty

- Patty Gillikin, Garden City, Ga

Daly family, Your mother was a kind and beautiful person. I have many great memories of her. Deepest sympathy, Johnny and Florence

- Florence Groover, Sao, GA

We were saddened to learn of Mrs. Margaret’s passing! What a lovely woman and friend, always sporting a beautiful smile and kind words! We will always be grateful for our gorgeous and special wedding pictures she and Mr. Jim took 38 years ago. Thinking of all of you with love and prayers! May she rest, gently.

- Beth and Tony Buttimer, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

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