Georgia Lee Souther Citrin, 90, was born on July 26, 1929 in Tampa, Florida and passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family and friends in Mobile Alabama on April 3, 2020. A fiercely devoted wife and mother, Georgia was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Dr. Yale Citrin, her parents, Teddy Roosevelt Souther and Wilhelmina Tauzier Souther; her father and mother in law, Irving and Martha Citrin and step father in law, Andrew Emmanuel Hersbin; her grandson, David Charles Koger, Jr.; and her son-in-law, Victor Cascarano.
She is survived by Six (6) children: Jane Koger, Thomas Irwin (Patti) Citrin, Carolyn Cascarano, Elizabeth Anne Citrin, Andrew Ted (Jeannie) Citrin, Sr., and Benjamin Souther (Julie) Citrin; Fifteen (15) grandchildren: John Michael (Jackie) Citrin Cascarano, Eric Christopher (Susan) Koger, Regina (Thomas) Cascarano Ober, Jennifer Rebecca (Wade) Koger Clancey, Joseph Victor Cascarano, Jacqueline Lauren Pober, Andrew Yale Citrin, Sarah Elizabeth Souther (Paul) Citrin Cook, Katherine Ruyer Citrin, Rebecca Marie Pober, Harrison Scott Citrin, John Bradley Citrin, Andrew Ted Citrin, Jr., Patsy Jeanne Little Citrin, and Benjamin Taylor Citrin; And Seven (7) great-grandchildren: Marina Georgia Cascarano, Sutton Marie Cascarano, Susana Kelly Cascarano, Finn Cascarano, Lucia Margaret Cascarano, Liam McGruder Cook, and Natalie Justine Ober.
Although born in Tampa, Florida, Georgia considered Pascagoula, Mississippi her childhood home. Georgia graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1947. Georgia then moved to New Orleans to pursue a degree in nursing from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing, where she met the love of her life, Yale Citrin, while he was making rounds as a medical student at Tulane Medical School. They married 12 days after they met on December 10, 1949. After Yale returned from service during the Korean War, they moved a very young family to Hollywood, Florida where they lived for over 50 years raising their six children. A loyal wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Georgia loved nature and the outdoors, especially snorkeling on the shallow reefs of the Florida Keys and Bahamas, and walking the woods in the mountains of north Georgia. She was a very successful real estate investor and natural born visionary.
While in her 60’s, Georgia made her lifelong dream a reality with the construction and operation of a bed and breakfast, Souther Country Inn, overlooking the scenic Appalachian range in her father’s hometown of Blairsville, GA. The inn hosted guests from around the country who came to enjoy the property’s peaceful landscape and abundance of natural wildlife. It was her one true passion which she graciously shared with so many even after it closed.
Due to the Coronavirus, a private visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Kenmar Family Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at the Mobile Memorial Gardens Mausoleum which will be broadcast live via video conferencing.
A private service will be held.