MADISON- Georgia Jane "Nana" (Hocking) Clifford, Age 60, passed away on June 17, 2020. She was born on January 16, 1960, in Madison. Georgia was a lifelong resident of Madison and was close with family and many friends. She graduated from West High School in 1978. She worked for over 20 years with her parents at Ella's Deli on State Street. She retired in 2007 to provide daycare for the treasures of her life, her grandchildren who knew her as "Nana".
Georgia was an avid sports fan and loved watching her Cubs, Brewers, Packers, and Badgers. Her hobbies included dancing, bowling, softball, fishing, gambling, traveling, and birdwatching.
She is survived by her husband, Robert "Bob" Clifford; her children, Tonja (Clifford) St. Arnauld (Jeff), Gordon Clifford (Emily Miller), and Audrey Clifford; her daughter-in-law, Michele (Herale) Clifford; siblings, (Irish Twin Sister) Mary Lou Rogers and Sister Bobbette Hocking (Rod Keller); grandchildren, Ava, Aiden, Tucker, Nolen, Freya, and an expectant 6th, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, Gordy and Bonnie (Schaub) Hocking; sister, Audrey; and nephew, Nathan Hocking.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest you donate to your favorite charity.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.
Informed Choice Funeral and Cremation Alternatives
3325 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Georgia's was a fun and vibrant person she will be missed
1st baby picture
2 months old with Bonnie & Gordy
high school graduation with grandmas Jane & Bernice
Georgia & Mary Lou
Georgia's favorite sign language symbol
Dear Bob and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Georgia will be dearly missed.Curt and Debbie McCann
I'm still in disbelief how quickly this all happened and wish I could've had one last drink with her and of course huge hugs and laughs. She was always so fun, funny, sweet, helpful and inclusive with everyone. Our families shared many fun times together and were connected in so many ways at different times over the years all due to her generosity and willingness to help in any way. In the early years she always came to my Tumpperware and Princess House parties with food in hand of course. Her sister Bobbette being Shayna's ballet teacher for years at WSPA. Then years of Tonja doing respite for Shaun, softball with Pat and Joan Ausse, bowling league, Shayna babysitting Audrey, dart nights, New Years parties, cookouts at both our houses and many years together (with Cindy too) on our birthdays being a day apart. Then Tonja's wedding, Gordy's wedding, Shayna's wedding so many fun times together. But we fell out of touch when she got so busy doing her favorite thing babysitting her grandkids and in the end I was unable to go visit her with Shaun close to death and at high risk for any germs so I didn't come visit but was so happy to get updates from Audrey who's been our driver many times going to dialysis during this pandemic. Although nothing would replace a hug and Georgia's laugh. I'm so sorry Bob and all of your family. Please know we all love you and would do anything to help you through this. She was one of a kind and I feel lucky she was my friend. I love you all. Sally Norman and family
I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this sad time. She was an amazing lady. Love you guys.
New Years 2005
Gettin' our dance on!
Georgia, Tonja, and Bonnine on Tonja's wedding day.
Mom with my brother on his wedding day.
Mom at Betsy's party 2005
Nana and Papa with grandson Aiden
Thinking of you all at this very sad time
with Audrey and Aiden
with Ava, Tucker, and Nolen
Nana with Freya
family backyard 2011
Georgia adjusts to her new identity as Nana with Ava
Bobbette, Georgia, Mary Lou
Our thoughts and prayers are with you . We have many wonderful memories through out the years. Love and Hugs to all of you. Yellow lake wont be the same with out her.
I can't believe it! And, I had no idea she was so ill. I'm so sorry, Bob and all of your family. She was so full of life and fun! We haven't seen you for a couple of years now and haven't been in touch, but we will always remember our Friday nights out at bowling. We'll miss her not being here. She was a wonderful lady. Love to you all, Joanie & Pat Ausse.
Georgia’s family is grateful for all the support provided to us by our extended family members and numerous friends during the last 2 months since she was diagnosed with ALS.
We’d also like to thank the wonderful staff at Agrace Hospice for making Georgia’s final hours as bearable as possible.
fishing at Ike's
Georgia; 1st year
our wedding day
Georgia with parent at Ella's
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