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Celebrating the life of

Beth Neville Whelan

February 03, 1934 - March 06, 2023

Beth Neville Whelan

Beth Neville Whelan, 89, died peacefully in the early morning hours on Monday, March 6, 2023, at Memorial University Medical Center.

The lifelong resident of Savannah was born on February 3, 1934, to the late Dr. Rufus Lester Neville and Sara Dobbins Neville. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother to five sons, and an amazing grandmother and great-grandmother. Beth was a true southern lady and a fierce defender of her “boys.” Beth mastered texting so that she could communicate with her grandchildren often. She always looked forward to their conversations and keeping up with their life events. Beth was a joyous and loyal friend, who cherished many lifelong friendships.  

Beth was a devout Catholic and demonstrated her religion as an active communicant of The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, where she served on the Parish Board of Directors. Beth’s service to the church was recognized in 2018 when she was honored with receiving the prestigious Gartland Service Award. 

Beth grew up riding and showing horses through her teenage years and rekindled her love of showing horses at age 60 and participated in several competitions. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, family and friends. A few of their favorite trips included Aspen, Scotland, Ireland, Paris, Provence, and of course, Notre Dame. 

In addition to her parents, Beth was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Edward J Whelan, Jr.

Beth leaves behind her five sons, Edward J Whelan, III (Biddy), Timothy N. Whelan, Terence P. Whelan, Brian G. Whelan (Libby), Mathew J. Whelan (Ashley); 13 grandchildren, Edward J. Whelan, IV (Helena), Daisy Whelan Sullivant (Hank), Josh Whelan, Katie Whelan, Mariah Whelan, Timothy Whelan, Ryan Whelan (Georgia), Brian Whelan, Jr. (Lauren), Alexandra Whelan Balhoff (Kevin), Matthew Whelan, Prater Whelan, and Cullen Whelan; five great-grandchildren, Edward J. Whelan, V, Henry Sullivant, Monte Sullivant, Louis Sullivant, and Teddy Whelan, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends, all miss her dearly. 

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel with a rosary service to begin at 6:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023, at Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist with Reverend J Gerard Schreck celebrating. Burial will follow in the Catholic Cemetery. 




A candle has been lit!

I am going to miss you my friend.

- FelishaForeman , Savannah , Georgia

It was an honor to be a part of Mrs. Whelan's care and transition journey. My condolences to all her loving family and friends.

- Courtney Holder-White, Pooler, GA

What a full life.

- Carole A McElhannon, Athens, GA

My thoughts and prayers to the Whelan family on the loss of your Mother. I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Whelan beginning at Blessed Sacrament. She was always kind. A lovely lady. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May the soul of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

- Anne Brady Byerly, Kansas City , Missouri

Dr. Whelan, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your Mother. It sounds like she lived a wonderful life. I’m sure that she was very proud of the amazing physician and son that you are. I always enjoyed working with you in the OR. May she Rest In Peace. I send sincerest condolences to you and your famly.

- Ellen Gay, Savannah, Georgia

Rest in peace Aunt Beth! I will always remember the summertime sleepovers as a little boy and how you always made me feel at home. You will be fondly missed! Brent

- Brent Doolan, Freeport, Florida

A candle has been lit!

Rest in peace Mrs. Whelan

- Vincent Powers , Savannah , Georgia

Special prayers to the family. Dr. Whelan, I know your Mom was spacial! There is a special place in heaven for her. John Sefter

- Dr. John Sefter, Gettysburg, Pa.

Rest in heaven Mrs. Whelan. A wonderful everything to your family. God bless you.

- Cliff Welch, Savannah , Ga

May her soul be at God’s right hand. And may all of your precious memories give you comfort and peace. With deepest sympathy.

- Jane Harte, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

May you rest in peace.

- Cassandra T. Barnwell , friend of Felisha Forman, Savannah, Georgia

Dear Matt, I know we haven't seen each other since high-school but I remember your Mother like it was yesterday. Yesterday, most of the time I wish it were so. She was such a gracious lady. I spoke with Joe the day before your Mother's rosary. I truly tried to pay my respects but couldn't leave my father's bedside. Our Mother's never leave us.

- Bennie Warshaw, Bloomingdale, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel