Dorothy Agin

Obituary of Dorothy Agin

Dorothy Eugenia McGaha Agin was born on July 11, 1932 in rural Tennessee.  She shared memories of her early life there and would return many times to visit in later years.  Her family moved to Camden, New Jersey in 1943, where the shipyards offered opportunities for her father, George, to find work. Her mother, Eunice, went to work for the Campbell Soup Company, based in Camden.

Dorothy was a bright student, graduating from Camden High School in 1950.  She had thoughts of attending college to become a nurse, but instead married the proverbial “boy next door”, Thomas Agin.  They would be married for 67 years, until his death on March 21, 2018.

Dorothy had a true appreciation for the arts, and was herself, an accomplished artist.  Working with different media, she created many paintings.  In more recent years, she would paint exclusively with watercolors.  An avid reader, she was never far from a book or magazine, and instilled in her children a love of books.  She loved having a vegetable garden, something she learned while growing up, and would usually have one in her yard, full of various plants.  She also instilled a love of the outdoors in her family by many camping trips, mostly to the New England area.  There would also be many family visits to museums, concerts, historic sites, The New York World’s Fair in 1964-65 and Expo 67.

When her three children became adults, Dorothy finally went to college and attained a degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician.  She worked in this profession until her retirement in 1997.  Her husband, Thomas, was already retired, and they began years of travel.  London was a favorite for them both, with so much history and theater to enjoy in one place.  Together with Tom, she would travel the world. They traveled until Tom’s health failed, and then she continued her travels with her daughter, Brenda.  She traveled until her health finally made it no longer possible.  Having lived in Tennessee, then New Jersey for most of her life, she and her husband moved to the beautiful village of Greenwich, New York and shared a home with Brenda (Agin) Lanoue and her husband, Robert “Bob” Lanoue for 14 years.  They also spent a brief, but happy time at Woodlawn Commons in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Dorothy entered Hospice Care at the end of August, during a brief stay at Wesley Health Care Center.  She joined Tom on September 11, 2018.  She is survived by her children and their spouses, Thomas L. Agin and Louise; Brenda J. Lanoue (Agin) and Robert; and Marsha A. Jablonski (Agin) and Stanley.  Also, her sister, Mary E. Matsinger (McGaha), nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

We thank Woodlawn Commons, Wesley Health Care Center, and especially the staff of Hospice of Saratoga for the care extended to Dorothy at the end of her time with us.

Donations in her memory can be given to Community Hospice of Saratoga at: 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

No viewing or service is scheduled.  She will be reunited with Tom at The Gerald B. H. Solomon National Cemetery this fall.

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