Mildred Burgess Hannaham

10/27/1926 - 01/24/2020

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Obituary for Mildred Burgess Hannaham

Teacher, Community Activist, Dedicated Grandmother

Mildred Elizabeth Burgess Hannaham, 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by love, laughter, and joy on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Banner University Medical Center-Tucson, in Tucson, Arizona.

Mildred Elizabeth Burgess Hannaham was born on Liberty Hill, North Charleston, the second of four beautiful daughters born to South Carolinians Rev. Fred David Burgess and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Grant Burgess. She grew up in North Charleston and graduated from Burke High School and earned a Bachelors’ degree in elementary school education from Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, She also completed several graduate study courses at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mildred Elizabeth Burgess Hannaham married the love of her life, the late James Herbert Hannaham on May 30, 1959 and enjoyed 48 years of marital bliss until James Herbert was called home on August 13, 2007.

During her 30 years of teaching both in the Charleston County school district and the Washington, DC school district, she loved teaching and third grade always held a special place in her heart. In the mid-1980’s prior to retiring from teaching, she completed several courses in gerontology at the American University in Washington, DC after her mother-in-law, the late Thelma Williams Hannaham, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. After retiring from teaching in Washington, DC in May 1990, she turned her attention to community activist work alongside her beloved husband.

After her retirement, Mildred Elizabeth Burgess Hannaham became an active member in her community in Southeast Washington, DC and spent ten years working with the local Meals on Wheels chapter. During the course of her time with Meals on Wheels, she went from being an active volunteer to the president of the local chapter and work tirelessly to garner monetary contributions, support, and increased volunteer turnout for the chapter.

Mildred Elizabeth Burgess Hannaham relocated to Tucson, Arizona with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren in June 2019 where she focused all of her attention on her beloved family and cherished the every moment spent with her cherished grandchildren.

Immediate survivors include her only child Mrs. Patti Elizabeth Pena (Jose Luis Pena), her grandchildren (twins) Christian James Pena and Anna Maria Elizabeth Pena, two sisters-in-law Jean Hannaham Stoute and Helena Hannaham of Brooklyn, New York. Survivors include her nieces Mrs. Deirdre Miller McNair (Rev. Richard McNair) of Bowie, Maryland and Mrs. Jamella Brown Jaglal (Dr. Ramnarine Jaglal), grandniece Dr. Runala Sarah Jaglal of Atlanta, Georgia, other nieces, relatives, and friends.

Psalm 55:6
“And I said, oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away and be at rest.”

“Precious thought, my Father knoweth,
In His love I rest;
For whate’er my Father doeth
Must be always best” – Author unknown

In Appreciation
The family of Mildred Elizabeth Burgess Hannaham wishes to express their profound appreciation for the love and support that was showered on her during her last couple of months with us. The family would like to specially acknowledge the love and caring that she enjoyed from Mrs. Kay Morgan of Sahuarita, Arizona, the staff at Kindred at Home (especially Eve and Nikki), in Tucson, Arizona, and the staff at Sapphire Estates Rehabilitation Center (especially Peggy, Michael, Crystal, Aracely, Anna, Glenda, Amparo, James, and Gavin) in Tucson Arizona.

The family also wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to cousins Carolyn and Donna Frazier of Brooklyn, New York and Dr. Runala Sarah Jaglal for their unwavering support, comfort, and medical advice during her hospitalizations in December 2019 and January 2020.

The home going service for Mrs. Hannaham will take place on Friday, February 7, 2020, 11:00 AM at Mother Emanuel AME Church 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC. She will be laid to rest in Grant's Cemetery, N. Charleston, SC. The visitation will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

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My condolences to the Hannaham family. I pray God continues to comfort and strengthen the family during this time of bereavement. May the many cherished and fond memories of Mildred continue to comfort her family and friends. A comforting promise is stated at Isaiah 25:8 "He (GOD) will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." May you all have calming and pleasant thoughts during this time.
- Lisa

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