Hilda Ray Ney

November 20, 1924February 26, 2011

Hilda Popkin Ney, 86, died February 26, 2011, at her home in Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by her family. A Celebration of her Life will be held Monday, February 28 from 4 – 7 pm at Steamhouse Lounge at 11th and West Peachtree. The family asks that all attendees wear their favorite hat to honor Mrs. Ney. The grave side service will take place at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs 30328 on February 28 at 11 am. Mrs. Ney was born November 20, 1924, in Stillmore, Georgia, to Sarah and Morris Popkin. She graduated from University Hospital School of Nursing in Augusta, Georgia in 1946 and became a private duty nurse. She married Robert W. Ney on December 1, 1946, in Augusta. After having her four children, Mrs. Ney served as the camp nurse for her brothers’ summer camp, Blue Star, for many years. After raising her four children, Mrs. Ney opened a flea market store, Godmother’s, in which she sold antiques and other collectibles. She was always recognizable in her store, donning a hand-made, brightly-colored hat to greet her customers. Over the years, she used the proceeds from her store to donate thousands of dollars to Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Mrs. Ney enjoyed nothing more than spending time watching her beloved Atlanta Braves, but most of all, she enjoyed supporting her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Ney was always the most boisterous supporter at her grandchildren’s and children’s events. Mrs. Ney became well-known as the “hat lady” not only for wearing her hand-made hats but also for handing out her “Hilda Originals,” miniature hand-made hats worn as lapel pins. No one who met Mrs. Ney will ever forget her unique spirit and lust for life. She is survived by her husband, Robert Ney; her daughter and son-in-law, Stefanie and Sergio Stadler of Atlanta; her daughter and son-in-law, Kim Ney and Wayne Howell of Gustavus, Alaska; her son and daughter-in-law, Chip and Karen Ney of Atlanta; her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Tim Leiter of San Jose, California; her grandchildren, Erik, Bree, Avi, and Chere Stadler of Atlanta, Ryan and Nikki Stadler of New York City, Travis and Jason Leiter of San Jose, California; her great-grandchildren Asher and Lili Stadler of Atlanta; and her sister, Annette Bolgla of Atlanta. The family would like to especially thank Joyce Holloway and Jackie Carter, our mother’s angels. Mrs. Ney was preceded in death by her sister, Francis and brothers, Ben, Harry and Herman. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hadassah or the Alzeimer’Association.


  • Graveside Service Monday, February 28, 2011

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March 4, 2011

One of my all time favorite people and a special friend. I'll miss her terribly. Bobbie Campion

Howard Epstein

March 1, 2011

much sympathy to a wonderful woman. I spent several years with Hilda in the early 1950's when we both worked at Blue Star Camps. She was an Aishes Chayil. May her memory be for a blessing. Howard V. Epstein, Ph.D.
Decatur, GA 30033

David, Robert,Jan, Larry Liss

February 28, 2011

We express our love and deep sympathy. Know my mom loved Hilda very much.

Al Whitton

February 27, 2011

The Ney family was one of the first we meet moving to Sandy Springs in the 1950's. Hilda was such a great personality in life, all day and everyday her presence was enjoyed by us all. Hilda we thank you for what you gave to us. God Speed to you Hilda

February 27, 2011

The world will be a little dimmer without Aunt Hilda, but all of us who loved her can smile and laugh as we recall her generous spirit.We will wear our hats today while recalling her amazing soul.
Rodger & Candy
Lauren, Seth, Jason
and the entire Blue Star family

Mark & Chris Rivkin

February 27, 2011

Chip and Karen, we were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She sounded like a wonderful person, and we're sorry we never got to know her. Please know that your friends, old and new, are thinking about you during this very difficult time.

Regina Lennox

February 27, 2011

I knew Hilda through my Mother, Kitty Lennox. Hilda was always so nice and I can still see my Mom in one of Hilda's hats the Mom got for her 85th birthday. What an hoot. I think they knew others from bowling. I am sorry that she is no longer here on this earth offering a smile.