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Celebrating the life of

Jacquelyn Lee Leigh Kavanaugh

July 18, 1926 - March 22, 2023

Jacquelyn Lee Leigh Kavanaugh

Jacquelyn Lee Leigh Kavanaugh, 96, originally from Savannah and recently living in Atlanta, died Wednesday March 22, 2023. She was born July 18, 1926 in Savannah, and graduated from Savannah High School in 1944. 

Jackie enjoyed working and retired from a career at IBM Corporation after 24 years of service. Earlier in her career she worked for the Savannah and Electric Power Company and Liberty National Bank. 

Jackie was a dedicated mother, aunt, and proud grandmother. She loved being with her family and sharing the gift of travel with her grandchildren.

Jackie was active and enjoyed being involved. Jackie was a member of the Daughters of Ireland, Friends of Music, Tuesday Lunch Club, Best of Friends, Republican Women, and the Council of Catholic Women at St. James Catholic Church. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association for 15 years, where she formerly served as President.

Since 1958, Jackie was active communicant of St. James Catholic Church. In 2008, Jackie was a recipient of the Bishop Gartland Service Award, an honor bestowed by the Diocese of Savannah on people who have given distinguished service to the church – it was one of her proudest moments.

She enjoyed going out with her friends, going to the movies every week, and traveling.

Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Frederick Leigh;  mother, Corinne Buxton Lee; and her father, Walter Metzger Lee.

Jackie is survived by her daughter, Carol Kavanaugh Rowland (John); niece, Jane Sanders Sayers (Dan); grandchildren, Geary Sayers (Monica), Matthew Sayers (Marcie), Johnny Rowland III, Michael Rowland, and Mary Kate Rowland; and great-grandchildren, John Daniel Sayers and Remi Elizabeth Sayers. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church with a Rosary service at 6:30 p.m.. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow in Hillcrest Abbey Cemetery.




I worked with Jackie at Liberty National Bank. Jackie was always fun to be with and I am so thankful that I got to do a lot of socializing in the same group. Love to you all.

- Louise Grotheer, Savannah, GA

Mrs. Kavanaugh lit up any room she was in! She was so outgoing and took an interest in everyone. She raised an amazing daughter (my sister in law) who contributes strength and light heartedness wherever she goes. Lovew and prayers to the family... Angie G.

- Angie Gramlich, New Rochelle, NY

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel