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Celebrating the life of

Mary Fitzpatrick Hagan

September 21, 1952 - April 24, 2023

Mary Fitzpatrick Hagan

Mary Fitzpatrick Hagan, 70, died on April 24th, 2023, after a courageous 15-year fight against cancer. 

A Savannah native, Mary was born on September 21, 1952, to the late John and Edna Fitzpatrick. She graduated from Savannah High School and matriculated to Georgia Southern College where she was a member of Phi Mu sorority. She was a devoted wife to the late Walter Kay Hagan, Jr., for 44 years and a dedicated, loving mother and “Gaga” to her children and grandchildren, as well as to those of the people she loved. She loved life in Savannah and was proud to be a member of the Junior League of Savannah and the Married Women’s Card Club. One of Mary’s greatest passions in her early life was ballet, an art she loved, and was able to continue professionally with the Savannah Ballet for many years. She worked at the Savannah Country Day School for 25 years, and served in the Administrative Office where she was a warm, welcoming, constant for students, parents, and visitors alike. 

Mary’s foundation was grounded by three things: faith, family, and friends.  She was a lifelong communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and proud to see her children baptized, confirmed, and married in the church she loved so dearly. She made friends at every stage of her life, all of whom enjoyed her well-known cooking and hospitality. The consummate hostess, the door and kitchen were always open. She loved entertaining family, friends and the friends of her children. You never knew when there might be an impromptu shag party or a pound of bacon fried up as a late night snack. She created a happy, welcoming home everyone enjoyed visiting.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Walter Kay Hagan, Jr. and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Francis Fitzpatrick. She is survived by her sister Edna Fitzpatrick Fox (Cissy), of Savannah, Georgia; daughters Alta Hagan Thorne of London, United Kingdom,  Mary Middleton Hagan Moore (Middi) of Albany, Georgia, Jane Hagan Davis of Leamington Spa, United Kingdom; son Walter Kay Hagan, III, of Birmingham, Alabama; sons-in-law Jonathan Parker Moore and Allen Donald Davis; and seven grandchildren: Honore Leigh Brockinton Thorne, Ariana Marie Kempner Thorne, John Middleton Moore (Jack), James Parker Moore (Parker), Hattie Camille Hagan, Beau Fitzpatrick Hagan, and Charles McAuley Davis (Charlie).

Mary’s family would like to express gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who helped Mary beat the odds of her grim diagnosis. She put forth an example of bravery and determination that will forever shape her children and grandchildren. They are especially appreciative of the care of Dr. Bud Robertson and Dr. Aaron Pederson, and Phoebe Hospice.

The funeral service will be held at half past eleven on Friday, April 28 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Savannah, Georgia, officiated by The Reverend Gavin G. Dunbar. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends at the Green-Meldrim House. Interment will be at half past two o'clock Friday afternoon in Greenwich Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to St. John's Church, 1 West Macon Street, Savannah, GA 31401, or The American Cancer Society, 3380 Chastain Meadows PKWY NW, Suite 200 Kennessaw, GA 30144, or Willson Hospice House,  320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707. 



My sincere condolences to Mary’s family. She was always such fun whenever we would see each other. I will never forget spending wonderful summers with the Hagan’s. Godspeed sweet Mary.

- Sarah Moore Evans, Douglas , Georgia

I loved growing up with Mary in Savannah. She was a bright spirit. My condolences

- Dede Warren, Meggett, SC

Mary was such a vital part of the Country Day family! We think of her often but especially during the lightning alerts! We live in the house on Isle of Hope where your family started out, and I think of her at home, too. I'm so sorry for your loss. Aubrey Brawner

- Aubrey Brawner, Savannah, GA

Farewell Mary. Your smile and kindness won't be forgotten. My thoughts are with you and your family.

- Andrew Wiley, Savannah, GA

Thoughts and prayers for the family. What a loving mom and what an amazing chef! She will be sincerely missed by all of her friends and family.

- Julian Lewis, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

Middi and Walter are my friends from back in the day. It is my sincerest wish of wishes that they will receive the necessary strength to carry them.

- Jimmy Holland, Savannah, GA

Our sincerest condolences to Middi, Walter, and the rest of the Hagan family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Katie & Justin Connell, Atlanta, Ga

My beautiful cousin always. My God hold you in the palm of his hand.....

- Bill Ferrelle , Richmond Hill , Georgia

A beautiful tribute to an amazing strong woman. My heart felt condolences to you all. Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers xx

- Nila Yagnik, Leicester , United Kingdom

One awesome woman who could bring a bright light to any room….May your next chapter be a party

- Rory Holcomb, Granby, Colorado

My deepest sympathy to Alta, Middi, Bo and Jane. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Know that your mother left a special imprint on the lives of others that will always continue. "Heaven must be beautiful right now because it just gained another angel." Thank you for the memories sweet Mary.

- Missy Jarrott , Savannah, Georgia

The Fitzpatricks lived in our block on Brandywine Road where our parents became friends through "Club," other social activities and sharing mutual friends for decades beginning in the 1960s. Mary and my sister Barbara were the same age; they went through high school together and for years they studied ballet. Mary had a God-given talent for ballet, standing out as a graceful dancer in the Junior League Follies while the rest of us tried to follow her lead. What I remember most about Mary was her kindness toward others. When Barbara was in her final months of life it was Mary who would call and ask about her, and on the morning of Barbara's funeral she pulled me aside at church and spoke encouraging words of comfort. Things like that are not forgotten but stay in one's heart. May she rest in peace.

- Julia J. Williams, Savannah, Georgia

My condolences to the family. The Fitzpatricks — and their daughters — were dear to my parents, Betsy and Jim Daniell. I remember looking up to Mary. May all her loved ones feel her presence throughout their lives.

- Emily Daniell Magruder, Los Angeles, CA

I enjoyed sharing a job, and a great friendship with Mary. I will miss our dinners and sharing our love for our children and their adventures. It was wonderful to see her with you all as recently as Easter. She was so proud of all of you.

- Ann Yingling, Savannah, GA

My deepest condolences to Middi, Walter, Jane, Alta and Cissy. Mary’s children and grandchildren were her greatest joy in life. Her courageous fight with cancer was an inspiration to us all. May the peace of our Lord be with each of you.

- Mary Earle Pittman, Waller, TX

A candle has been lit!

My deepest sympathy to Cissy and her Family. Mary will certainly be missed by all.

- Anna B Highsmith, Savannah, GA

My condolences go out to the family. Mary and Sissy were cousins I remember fondly. She loved an exemplary life of work and dedication.God bless all.

- Cordia Middleton Jr, Bluffton , South Carolina

Our sincerest condolences to Middi, Walter, Jane and the rest of the Hagan family. Mary will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

- Cherie and Bill Todd, Highlands, NC

Middi, so sorry to learn of your mother’s death. She fought the good fight. May she rest in peace. Amanda Cannon

- Amanda Cannon, Savannah, GA

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Family. We know the Lord has you and you will forever be remembered for all that you accomplished and all the joy you brought to your children and grandchildren. We will see you again. Cousin Jim

- Jim and Barbie Ferrelle, Atlanta, GA

Deepest Condolences!Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to care for Ms. Mary!

- Shay Washington, Albany, GA

Walter, both of your parents were truly wonderful people, and I fondly remember the times I was able to spend with them. Always warm and welcoming, as to make you feel like you were a part of the family too. Please take solace in knowing that they are reunited. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

- Andrew & Carolyn Lewis, Park City , Utah

My deepest condolences to the Hagans. Your mother was a lovely person and I know you will all miss her. Wishing peace at this difficult time.

- Allison Brennan Yeoman, Baltimore , Maryland

A candle has been lit!

- Dana Goodman, Savannah, Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Reception
  • Following service on Fri, April 28, 2023
  • Green Meldrim House
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