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Celebrating the life of

Hannah Marie Orvin

Passed away on October 02, 2023

Hannah Marie Orvin

Hannah Marie Franklin Orvin, 96, died peacefully at The Oaks at Habersham on October 2, 2023, after a long illness.  Marie was born and raised in Savannah, GA.  She was a passionate seamstress, avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, and cats, Rowdy and Angel.

Marie graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy in 1944; attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1948, as a registered Nurse, where she then worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital for much of her career.  She was an active member of St. James Catholic Church since 1960, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, led prayer group, and the Perpetual Adoration Chapel.  Marie’s most important achievement was being awarded the Bishop Gartland Service Award in 2015 for her contributions to the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Savannah.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Milton H. Franklin, and Hannah A. Franklin, her loving spouse of 62 years, Carl H. Orvin, Sr., her siblings, Milton, Jr., Selma, Carl, Edwin, Josephine, and John.

She is survived by her 5 children, Carl H. Orvin, Jr. (Janet), Judith M. Orvin, Kathy O. Powell, Carol A. Orvin, and John K. Orvin (Teresa).  She was lovingly referred to as “Nana” by her 4 granddaughters, Lanie McDaniel (Jason), Mandy Gunby (Neal), Ashley Ezell (Terry), and Heather Phillips (Kent), and several great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at The Oaks at Habersham, Hospice Savannah, and her caregivers.

Visitation will take place Friday, October 6, 2023, at St. James Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m.

A Catholic Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Marie’s honor to St. James Catholic Church.  



All the Orvin family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Especially since going through this in March we know how you are feeling. Please know that you all are in our thoughts.

- Harry and Sherri (Burnsed) Connolly, Savannah, Georgia

Sending prayers for your family in the loss of Marie. She was a mentor to me at St James Church and we shared many good conversations. She was a very young and vibrant 96 year old woman of faith who dearly loved her family. Nancy Hanzel

- Hanzel, Savannah , GA

Mom, you fought the best fight I’ve ever witnessed! I will miss you terribly but I realize you are where you have always wanted to be.

- Carol Orvin, Johns Creek, Georgia

Aunt Marie, your strength and pure joy for life will always be something I can turn to help me get through a rough situation. You have one heck of a gang of angels that were waiting to welcome you home. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you guys. You have all my love and support.

- Cassie Chesley, Tavares, Fl

A candle has been lit!

Mom your beauty shines bright as you transition to your Heavenly journey! No more tubing, walkers, or other DME. I’m so proud to have you as my Mother…Thank you and eternal love! Your loving daughter, Kathy

- Kathy, Savannah, Ga

Dear Cousins I know the loss of your Mother is heartbreaking but I also know she is where she wants to be, pain free and with the love of her life, Uncle Carl. Sending our deepest condolences. ~Jan Mock~

- Jan Mock, Tybee Island , Ga

Nana! We have shared so many memories over my entire lifetime!!! I will never forget sitting with you watching British comedies and working on my crafts while you sewed and crocheted. The rice crispies for breakfast, sipping on your fresh iced sprite! Going to sleep to the lions king cd and always pretending to be asleep when you came in! You were the best blue crab picker and gave me all the good stuff and leaving the beach with our friends just to show up and rob you and Poppy of your boiled peanuts for free!!! Nana, we had fun! You were always there for me! You allowed me and Jason to deep clean your house and take you grocery shopping when you ran into the bakery section and knocked the whole thing over and then just walked right away! You, we’re an amazing woman of faith! I will never ever ever forget what you did for me and added the enrichment of my life! I’ll miss all those phone calls I made needing advice! I’m so proud of you appreciate you for the value you’ve added to mine and my boys’ life! I know you are happy now that you are at, “home”. Love you nana!

- Lanie McDaniel , Bloomingdale , Georgia

I had no idea Aunt Marie passed away until I just read this on Facebook. I am so sorry, she was a very nice person who loved God and her family very much.

- Ruthie Mullis Smoak, Savannah, Ga

May she Rest in peace!

- Ann Harte, Savannah, GA

Johnny and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

- Carolyn Beebe, Savannah, GA

Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers. May fond memories warm your heart in the days to come. Jimmy, Connie and James

- Deal Family , Savannah, GA

I always thought of Marie as my best friend although we have not seen each other in the last several years except once. My children called her aunt Marie, And her children called me aunt Marie. We all got along beautifully. My condolences to the children, Just remember that I loved your mother very much. Aunt Marie

- marie smith, Pembroke, GA. 31321

Hey,Butch,Judy,Kathy,Carrol,& Johnny,I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom,she was a beautiful lady,I'm sure she will be missed,our thoughts & prayers are with you & the family.Our deepest condolences, Mike and Jackie Harvey

- Michael Harvey, Savannah, Georgia

Hey,Butch,Judy,Kathy,Carrol,& Johnny,I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom,she was a beautiful lady,I'm sure she will be missed,our thoughts & prayers are with you & the family.Our deepest condolences, Mike and Jackie Harvey

- Michael Harvey, Savannah, Georgia

My prayers for all my cousins. Losing a mother is a life changing g Event..May the Lord wipe away all the tears and know that God is with you and your loved one. My wonderful Aunt Marie, Love al ways, Sandy Orvin

- Sandy Orvin, Savannah, Georgia

Sorry for your loss Butch and Johnny.

- Ray Johnston, Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel