Mary Josephine Hardy “Momma Jo” Fendig passed away Feb. 11, 2018, at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, Ga., at the age of 84.
She was born in Gainesville, Ga., to the late J. Milton and Mary Carter Hardy. Her father was a former mayor of Gainesville. Jo graduated from Gainesville High School in 1950, and later attended the University of Georgia, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Neal Fendig. They were married in 1952. After traveling with the Air Force for two years, they moved to the beach in his hometown of St. Simons Island, Ga. Neal and Jo were happily married for 54 years.
Jo was a devoted wife and worked alongside her husband for many years in outdoor advertising and computer retail sales. She was a loving mother to her four boys and was often seen shuttling carloads of boys to innumerable sports, scouting, sailing and spiritual events. She often told her sons and friends, “Prayer changes things; praise conquers things!”
Her boys and many others in the community might well remember Sunday afternoon sails, and the annual Fourth of July Snipe Sailing Regatta, held in St. Simons Sound in front of the Fendig home.
She worked tirelessly for the community at large. She and Neal were co-founders of The Gathering Place, a local youth ministry. They often hosted memorable events in the front yard of their home on Georgia Street near the pier on St. Simons. She was also an active participant in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusades, Campus Crusade for Christ and Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA). Her involvement with these organizations led to the creation of The Gathering Place. Jo also served the Emmaus Community for many years. She will always be remembered for her sweet spirit and her lovingkindness to others.
Momma Jo is survived by her four sons, Cap Fendig (Catherine), Ben Fendig (Emily), Joe Fendig (Luanne), all of Saint Simons Island, Ga., and Wynn Fendig (Tracy) of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; her sister, June O’Kelley of Gainesville, Ga.; her grandchildren, Mary Ellyse Fendig, Christina Tedesco, Ben Fendig Jr. (Hailey), Philip Fendig, Emily Fendig, Callie Fendig Milligan (Andrew), Katie Fendig Tindol (Luke), Carol Anne Fendig, Samantha Fendig, Nick Fendig and Emy Fendig; her great-grandchildren, Chandler Watts, Kayla Lindsay, Aiden Fendig, Aurora Fendig and Carter Milligan; and her beloved nieces and nephews and other extended family in Glynn County, Gainesville, Ga., and Columbus, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Jane Fowler (Willie); and her grandson, David Fendig.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Thrive Assisted Living and Memory Care, Magnolia Manor, Hospice of the Golden Isles and Manor House in Gainesville, Ga.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way, St. Simons Island, Ga. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. After the reception, burial will follow in Christ Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Edwin Fendig III, Bruce Fendig, Nick Fendig, Reid Harris, David Aiken, Tom Meadows, Larry Wade, Bruce Flexer and Joe Clements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Gathering Place, www.thegp.org.
Condolences may be left on Mary Josephine Hardy Fendig’s online guest book at Legacy.com.
Arrangements are entrusted into the care of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, www.edomillerandsons.com.