Mar 3, 1924 - Dec 18, 2020
Harriet Agnew Moir - gifted vocalist, pianist, organist, and music educator - died on December 18, 2020, from complications of COVID-19. She was 96.
Harriet was born on March 3, 1924, to Dr. T. Lee and Agnew Faris Agnew in Ogden, Illinois. Equally gifted in vocal, piano, and organ performance, she majored in music at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she met her husband, James F. Moir, a fellow Illini. Jim's career as a meteorologist with the US Army Air Corps, then Air Force, took the family to Florida, Illinois, Japan, Nebraska, and Puerto Rico before they settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts. In later years Harriet joined her daughters on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawai'i. She made her final home in Venice, Florida, in 1994.
Music was Harriet's passion. Throughout her life she taught piano and voice; served as church soloist, pianist, organist, and choir director; brought musical and dramatic roles to life in community theatre productions; gave concerts and recitals; and instructed school music classes. Highlights of her career included performances in Tokyo military hospitals for soldiers convalescing from injuries suffered during the Korean Conflict; creating and performing one-woman shows in communities across eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod; and furthering the musical training of youth. Harriet found the ideal organization to promote this mission in Venice Musicale. Harriet retired from her final church organist position at age 92. She kept her musical hand in by playing the bongos along with the Friday band at the Venice Senior Friendship Center.
Harriet was predeceased by her brothers Ted, Allen, Donald, and John and by her son, Timothy. Her vivacious spirit lives on in the hearts of her daughters, Melody Actouka (Venice, Florida) and Barbara Moir (Hawai'i); sons Robert Moir (Pennsylvania) and John Moir (Venice, Florida); grandchildren Aria, Airika, Colin, and Garrett; and great-grandchildren Richard, Lily, Marley, and Kailani. She also is survived by her loving sister Marion Wagner (Illinois) and sister-in-law Marilyn Agnew (North Carolina).
The family thanks Tidewell Hospice and Farley Funeral Home for their compassionate care. Remembrances may be shared at www.farleyfuneralhome.com
. Harriet's life will be formally celebrated at a later time.
Harriet would be honored by contributions to Venice Musicale (www.venicemusicale.org
) or to Lyman Museum, 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Hawai'i 96720.