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Mrs. Mary Helen (Brown) Hunter

March 8, 1931 ~ March 20, 2020 (age 89)


Adams announces the passing of Mrs. Mary Helen Brown Hunter, 89, who transitioned on Friday, March 20, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Adams announces the Graveside Service for Mrs. Mary Helen Brown Hunter, 10:00 A.M., Friday, March 27, 2020 at Hillcrest Abbey East Cemetery. 

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Savannah Georgia in honor of Mrs. Mary Hunter.”


Mrs. Mary Helen Brown Hunter was born in Brunswick, GA, on March 8, 1931. She passed on March 20, 2020, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years. She was the daughter of the late Mrs. Susie Abefelt Byrd and the late Mr. Sam Brown. Mary graduated from Alfred Beach High School and the Savannah State College, School of Practical Nursing, in Savannah, GA. Mary, who worked as a licensed practical nurse in Georgia, provided nursing care for patients with chronic and acute medical conditions. She retired as a staff nurse from the Fort Steward Hunter Army Hospital after more than 30 years of service. 

Before her illness, she was an active member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. She was a member of St. Mary’s Guild, assisted in the planning and preparation of the after-church social hour, and was renowned for her delicious brownies. She also sang in the chorus.

Mary loved traveling, and she had the opportunity before her illness to travel with family members to the Midwest and all three coasts of the United States, as well as to Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. Mary was featured as an extra in the debutante ball scene, “Her Coming-Out Party Number 29,” in Clint Eastwood’s movie drama, “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.”

Mary was married to the late Harry Hunter, Sr., for more than 60 years, and she leaves five children to cherish her memories: daughters Jacqueline Hunter, Atlanta, GA; Cecelia Hunter, Alexandria, VA; Deborah Hunter Jones, San Diego, CA; and Cynthia Hunter, Los Angeles, CA; and one son, Dr. Harry Hunter, Jr., Detroit, MI. Her second son, the late Byron Hunter (Karen), Savannah, GA predeceased her. Also, her Son-in-Law, the late Tony Jones, San Diego, CA.  Mary also is survived by five grandchildren: Tiffany Jones, Los Angeles, CA; Brandon Jones, San Francisco, CA; Preston Jones, San Diego, CA; Christopher Hunter, Atlanta, GA; and Gabrielle Hunter, Atlanta, GA; one brother, Edward Matthews (Fannie), Pensacola, FL; six nephews and two nieces; goddaughter, Emily Bryant (Wilbert), Gainesville, VA; cousin, Dr. Vincent Perry (Vera); and other relatives and friends. 
   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Savannah Georgia in honor of Mrs. Mary Hunter.”

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 Service Program


Graveside Service
March 27, 2020

10:00 AM
Hillcrest Abbey East
1600 Wheaton St
Savannah, GA 31404


The Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601
Tel: 1-800-272-3900
Web: http://alz.org

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
1401 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah GA 31415
Tel: 1-912-234-4440
Web: https://www.stmattsav.org

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