Lottie Margolis Hartnig, 92, born June 11, 1920 to Max and Fannie Margolis in Jacksonville, N.C., passed away March 27, 2013 from esophageal cancer.

CandleShe is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Sydney, who she met while he was stationed at Camp Lejune in Jacksonville. Lottie was a fun-loving, spirited individual who had an infectious smile and sharp sense of humor. Growing up, she worked in the family retail business and had a keen eye for fashion.

After her husband retired, she went to work for Leon’s Dress Shop in Valdosta, Ga. She took great pride in her family and the families’ traditions, passing them on to her children and grandchildren. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She taught her children to be independent thinkers, to volunteer to help others and to stand up for what they believed.

Lottie moved to Tallahassee, Fla. in July 2011 and had been living at Allegro Inspired Senior Living. Prior to that, she and Sydney had lived in Valdosta for 38 years.

She is survived by her three children, Maxine Small of Loganville, Ga., Lynda Hartnig of Tallahassee and Richard Hartnig (Fern) of John’s Creek, Ga.; two granddaughters, Sarah Hartnig of Coral Gables, Fla. and Alissa Hartnig, Tacoma, Wash.; her sister Bessie Schild of Hollywood, Fla.; her sisters-in-law, Ida Kaplan of New Haven, Conn., and Ellie Margolis of Hollywood, Fla.; and one brother-in-law, Ralph Hartnig of Tamarac, Fla. She is preceded in death by her three brothers, Maurice and Leon Margolis, both of Jacksonville, N.C., and Isaac Margolis of Hollywood, Fla.; and her son-in-law, Thomas Small.

Graveside services were held Fri., March 29, 2013 at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta, Ga. with Rabbi Moshe Elbaz officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Israel, 511 Baytree Road, Valdosta, GA 31602; the American Cancer Society; or the Alzheimer’s Project, Inc., 301 East Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Condolences to the family may be expressed online at mclanecares.com. Arrangements by Carson McLane Funeral Home.