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Celebrating the life of

Marian S. Proper

July 13, 1931 - February 19, 2023

Marian S. Proper

Marian S. Proper, 91, of Savannah, GA, passed away at home late Saturday, February 18, 2023.  Marian was born to William X. and Ellen Leacy Smith in Savannah on July 13, 1931.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her three siblings, William X. Smith, Jr., Eleanor S. Pierce and Walter L. Smith. 
She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Leon E. Proper, and her three wonderful children, Leon, Jr. (Marian), Ellen Proper Brown (David) and Stephen (Lisa); her grandchildren, Lee Proper, Jeffery Standish (Ashlie), Leacy Shaffer (Craig), Mitchell Brown, Amber Williams, Daniel Williams (Fabian), Stephen Proper, and Gabrielle Proper and her six great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Marian attended high school at St. Vincent’s Academy, graduating in 1949, and studied at Armstrong College.  She was a wonderful wife and mother. She enjoyed many activities such as volunteering, baking, bowling, line dancing and traveling.  She was a founding communicant of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church where she attended daily mass.  After mass, she could be seen at the Savannah Mall doing her mall walks at 90 years old.  She also enjoyed attending the Christian Women’s Association Luncheons.  Marian had many friends and was always striking up a conversation and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.  

Visitation will be held from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel on Thursday, February 23, 2023, with a Rosary service beginning at 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2023 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419.



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We are so very sorry for the loss of your mom. Love and prayers to your family.

- Robbie and Kelly Shea, Savannah, GA

Mr. Proper, Leon, Ellen & Stephen, We are so sorry to learn of Mrs. Proper’s passing. Praying for her soul, all of you and the family during this difficult time.

- Kevin & Anne Shea, Fort Myers , FL

We r very sorry about your mom. Daddy and mama surely thought a lot of them. Daddy said he just talked to your mom not to long ago. She will be missed. We love you all.

- Marion and Cindy Everson and papa, Baconton , Ga

Prayers to the family, so sorry for your loss. Marian a very sweet lady.

- Debbie Hanson, Savannah, Ga

Dear Leon, So sorry for the loss of your beloved wife. My father, Ernie Morris, always spoke so well of her. I’m glad we exchanged Christmas cards. I wish I could have met her.

- Stacy Morris Kasten, Daytona Beach , Florida

Dear Mr. Proper, Leon, Ellen & Stephen, we want to express our sympathy at the passing of Mrs. Proper. We pray that the grace and mercy of God will lessen your grief and grant you peace.

- Marianne Grieco & Pat Dabney, Statham, Georgia

Marian and Leon were wonderful young adults and neighbors when I was a teenager in Parkwood. I’ve always held fond memories of them and their young family. Marian was such a sweet lady. My condolences to the entire Proper family.

- Sally Burns Shapiro, Savannah, Georgia

Wise I will miss Marian. She was such a sweet person

- Cyndi Wise, Savannah , Georgia

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We are so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family durtjis difficult time.

- Al & Angie Thompson , Yulee , Fl

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful friend and I will miss her. God Bless you all . Mary and David Sikorsky, Savannah, GA

- Mary Sikorsky, Savannah, GA

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On behalf of my family, please know we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers with much love and peace. Your mom was a special person who gave so much of herself to her family, friends and church community. Thank you, Ms. Marian.

- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, Georgia

A wonderful and devoted member of St. Frances who was just a few years behind my mother at St. Vincent’s. Always a sweet hello, I will miss her at Cabrini. Blessings to her loving family.

- Josie Murphy, Savannah, Ga

Mr Proper, Leon, Ellen and Stephen, our hearts go out to you and your families during this sad time. Please accept our condolences. We are praying for you all.

- James and Carol Grieco, Bloomingdale, GA

Ernie Morris (my dad) always talked about his cousins, Billy and Marian and we got to meet Marian at his 80th birthday. Since then Marian has corresponded with my sister, Stacy and me every Christmas. We will miss having that family connection. Such a sweet lady! We send our love to all and pray for comfort knowing she is with the Lord now.

- Morris Family, Daytona Beach, Florida

We are so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We send our sincere condolences.

- Shari & Jim Riley, Matthews, NC

We are so sorry for your loss. Just found out today. We remember the loving and caring person. We remember the time we were on cruise ship and saw Mrs and Mr Proper coming out of elevator. Our love and prayers are with you. Tricia and John Woodward

- Woodward , Savannah, Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Rosary
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 10:00 a.m. on Fri, February 24, 2023
  • St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
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