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    Grand Prairie, TX
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Lillie Ann Bagley 1932 - 2014

Lillie Ann Bagley

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ann was a bright and shining star in the Texas Bluebonnet Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as Chapter Regent twice. She belonged to several genealogical societies. But more than that she was a loving Christian woman who always had a kind word for everyone. I miss her and offer my deepest sympathy to Gloria and Joe in the loss of their mother.
Jean Peel, Grand Prairie
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
This is a copy of the memorial Beulah "Bee" Thomas read at the memorial service (DAR--Sept. 13, 2014).

Ann was a member of the First Baptist Church. On one occasion we went on a bus trip to the Fort Worth Convention Center for a Great Revival. It was real cold and I nearly backed out. However, something unbelievable and unimaginable happened, a wonderful soloist sang a new version of Beulah Land. Our bus group, having fun, kidded me about it, and said, “Aren't you glad you came?”

Ann was a member and supported many Grand Prairie Community Organizations. Bill and I enjoyed their visits when they came to see us at Granbury, taking a boat ride, sharing the loss of their son, traveling to Austin for meetings and shopping, enjoying fellowship, and dining together.
When I visited her in the Nursing Home, she was always pleasant. She praised Gloria for visiting her regularly and taking such good care of her needs, even putting her cat pictues up in her room. Her voice still rings in my ears at times, “Bee take care of yourself.”

Then, a swift wind blew the light from her candle on the earth. Its beauty now gleams amongst the heavenly bodies. This soul is gone but will never be forgotten. Taken from us, she has gone to be with Joe, her husband, son, and her ancestors. I am sure they embraced her in their loving arms and welcomed her home. God bless you Ann Bagley. Farewell and peace, as you rest at God's side.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
This is the dedication I presented on Sept. 13, 2014 for the DAR memorial service.

My mother loved the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was proud to be a member and even prouder to have been asked to serve as regent twice. I've been told that she was considered a great asset to both the National Society and the Texas Bluebonnet Chapter.

Some of you know my mother, some of you don't. I'd like to tell you about her. Mom was a survivor. She survived the death of her father when she was only six years old. She survived the passing of her youngest son, my little brother in 1993 and my father's death in 2006. One of her greatest triumphs was surviving breast cancer for 22 years. She had a lot of tragedy thrown at her, but she held her head high and kept a smile on her face.

My parents were married nearly 56 years. They were true soul mates. They were so dedicated to each other that they not only committed themselves in marriage, but to running a small business. It was a risk that paid out for both of them. My dad was the engineer. Mom was the admin. She sought business opportunities, kept amazingly accurate records, and fought fraudulent workman's comp claims. My father started the business, but she made it successful.

Bee told me that she was one of her best friends. Well, mom was my best friend too. She gave me love, confidence and support. Whenever I didn't get a job, an opportunity, or a date that I wanted, she would say, “Don't worry, something better will come along.” And she was right, my life is better because of her philosophy.

Mom always looked beautiful. She wore gorgeous clothes and a sincere smile. Even when arthritis crippled her and she could only wear jogging suits, she still had beauty inside and out. She never had to announce that she was a Christian, people just knew. Her faith always showed and it was never more vivid as it was during the last six years of her life. People loved her spirit and her sense of humor. I will never forget the day she went to hospice. . Our minister came in to pray with us. She had visitors from the nursing home. My boyfriend's parents spent time with us. Others dropped by. Doris Day movies played in the background. Throughout the day she claimed she knew where she was going (heaven) and she had nothing to fear. It was her time. She laughed with us, looked at me and promised me that she would always be with me. I know that she is.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Correction to my last post, I meant to write, Regent Jo Ann Walker. Jo Ann Walker, Debbie Rusk and Linda Elliot all should have been mentioned in my post. My apologies.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Yesterday, I participated at the memorial service for four DAR women who became "falling stars" this year--Estelle Evangeline Bower Smith, Claire Belle Edwards, Mary Lou Garret Hopkins and my mother, Lillie Ann Smith Bagley. It was a beautiful ceremony with Beulah "Bee" Thomas acting as chaplain, Bernice Hardin turning on the candles and Verda Grantham reading the books that were donated in each woman's name. The hospitality of Regent Debbie Rust was heartwarming. My "adopted family" attended with me--Jerry Austin (boyfriend) and his parents, Kenneth and Glendolyn Austin. I could not have made it through the ceremony without them. I dreaded the day of the memorial service because every time I practiced my reading for my mother, I cried. With the amazing support of all the above mentioned people, I made it through. I really appreciate the individual stories that DAR members shared with me. It was wonderful to learn about the love and respect that others felt for her. Thank you.
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