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Nelda Annis Agen

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Nelda Annis Agen passed away peacefully at her home in LaConner in the early morning hours of September 5, 2008 at the age of 99. In the years, weeks and days prior to her passing, she was active, vibrant, happy, healthy, humorous, loving, generous, kind and grateful to God for the bounty of her life. Nellie was born in High Cliff, Wisconsin on June 16, 1909 to parents Charles and Anna Meyer. She was the youngest of ten children and happily recalled growing up on the family farm on the shores of Lake Winnebago with her siblings Frank, Lydia, Freda, George, Clara, Leonard, Albert, Benjamin and Roberta. She looked back fondly on such childhood memories as harvesting ice from the lake in the winter, storing it in straw and sawdust in the family’s ice cellar and later selling it to local merchants during the warm summer months. She also recalled, with great humor, being embarrassed to ride in the family car on the Sunday drive to church, as it was the only “horseless carriage” in town at the time. In 1927, Nellie met the love of her life, Raymond John Agen. The two were married in Appleton Wisconsin on June 16, 1927 – Nellie’s 18th birthday. The couple had three children, Raymond D. Agen, John (Jack) L. Agen and Judith C. Agen (Azure). They moved to Richland, Washington in 1945 where they settled and Ray completed his career with General Electric Corporation. In the years following Ray’s retirement, they spent time generously with family and enjoyed being active in the lives of their children and grandchildren. They also traveled extensively throughout the United States and Mexico in the motor home they had purchased for that purpose. Nellie and Ray were married for 52 years before his death in 1979. In 1982, Nellie married Clifford Meador of Richland, Washington. During their marriage, they enjoyed spending time with friends and family and traveling the globe by plane, automobile and boat. A highlight for both was traveling to South America and traversing the Panama Canal aboard daughter, Judy and son-in law, Larry’s private vessel “Goodthunder”. The couple continued to be active together until Clifford’s death in 1997. During her time in Richland, Nellie volunteered for 18 years at the Senior Citizens Center -- in spite of the fact that she was often times older than those she was serving. She was an active member of Central United Protestant Church of Richland. Nellie was also a talented musician and artist who taught herself to play piano by ear and enjoyed creating ceramic artwork and delicate china paintings, most of which were given as gifts to her friends and family. Nellie moved to La Conner, Washington in 2005, where she enjoyed the final years of her life in the company and love of her daughter Judy’s family, in a small town setting – reminiscent of her childhood years. Nellie’s life spanned nearly a century in which history saw two World Wars, the Great Depression, the first commercial airline flight, the advent of television, the first man on the Moon, the rise of the personal computer, the Internet, Email and cell phones. However, more than being merely an observer of life’s landmark events, Nellie was an active participant, eagerly taking advantage of opportunities -- during every stage of her life -- to experience life and all of God’s creation -- first-hand. She embraced all that life had to offer, including cruising the Inside Passage, San Juan Islands, Alaska and beyond in her 70’s 80’s and 90’s, soaring in a glider at age 85, and remaining active with her family and friends well into her 100th year of life. In turn, she gave to the lives of others more than she had taken in her own. She will be remembered by all whose lives she touched as unconditionally loving, devoted, generous, humorous, strong, wise, talented and most of all an example of the joy and love that can be created for one’s self, one’s family and for God by living and loving every day. Nellie is survived by her children Judy and husband Larry of LaConner, Washington and Jack of Appleton, Wisconsin; grandchildren Ray J. Agen and wife Lynda of Salem, Oregon; Mike Agen and wife Gail of Wasilla, Alaska; Wendy Priest of Anchorage, Alaska; Patrick Agen of Anchorage, Alaska; Denney Agen and wife Kathy of Mountlake Terrace, Washington; Brad Agen and wife Deborah of Kennewick, Washington; Gaylene Lembcke and husband Jeff of Kennewick, Washington; Scott Agen and wife Tamera of Post Falls, Idaho; Debbie Ekstrom and husband Torkel of Anacortes, Washington; Darlene Azure of Mazama, Washington; Andrew Azure and wife Sally of LaConner, Washington; eighteen great-grandchildren; fourteen great-great-grandchildren and dear friends Abigail Williams of LaConner, Washington; Dorothy Plumb of Richland, Washington and daughter-in-law Dottie Aman of Kennewick, Washington. Nellie was preceded in death by both her parents, her nine siblings, her husband Raymond J. Agen, her husband Clifford Meador and her son Raymond D. Agen. Memorial services will be held at Central United Protestant Church in Richland, Washington on October 25, 2008 at 1:00 PM. Donations can be made in Nellie’s name to Skagit Hospice Foundation by calling 360-416-5702, online at www.skagithospicefoundation.com or by mail at Skagit Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1376, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Nellie’s family would like to extend sincere thanks to the entire staff at the LaConner Retirement Inn, to Sandy and Shelece at A Better Solution and to the staff at Skagit Hospice Foundation for the outstanding love, support and care that was given. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and San Juan Islands. To share memories of Nelda, please sign the online register at www.evans.chapel.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Sept. 12, 2008
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