Agnes Irene (Willis) Rich, after 20 years of separation from the love of her life, has departed from her physical body to join her husband, Earl Aborn Rich.
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She was born on March 31, 1925, to the late Raymond and Omilean (Minor) Willis, and lived the majority of her life in Crystal Lake and in Ellington. Agnes was a lifetime member of the Crystal Lake Community Methodist Church and the Crystal Lake Historical Society. She was an early advocate for education and served on the building committee for the Crystal Lake Elementary School. She and her husband owned and ran the Triangle Grocery Store for 25 years. Agnes was a friend to many and in later years an outspoken supporter of numerous causes. She had a keen sense of humor, which served her well throughout her 87 years, along with her strong faith in God and love for family.
She is survived by her six children, Jeanne C. MacDonald of Durham and Enfield, Jane A. Phinney of Gilsum, N.H., Jack A. Rich of Ellington, Janis M. Kozikowski of Enfield, Jonathan E. Rich of Broad Brook, and Joanne L. Rich of Ellington. In addition are spouses, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; her siblings; Joseph Willis of Crystal Lake, Delphine Tomasek of Tolland; Corrine Jackim of Cape Cod, Mass.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her granddaughter, Heather A. MacDonald and 8 siblings.
Relatives and friends may join the family Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville.
A funeral home service will take place Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Ellington Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Crystal Lake Firehouse, Ellington Ambulance, Ellington Center Firehouse, or a cause of one's choice.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2012
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