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Judith Agnew

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 19, 2017 @ 9:40 am In Durham,News,Obituaries | 5 Comments

Judith Barnes Agnew of Durham, NC died peacefully on September 17, 2017 surrounded by her family. Judy was seventy-nine years old. Born December 6, 1937 in Rocky Mount, NC, she was predeceased by her parents Alice Abernathy and Guy Earl Barnes and by her sister Alice Barnes Robertson.
Judy graduated from Sweet Briar College and later received her Masters in Education from UNC- Chapel Hill. She taught at Chapel Hill High School for many years and while there co-developed and marketed SAT preparation materials which were used by schools throughout North Carolina.
Judy was an active member of the Durham community. As a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, she served as a deacon and taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of the Junior League of Durham as well as of several book and garden clubs including the Town and Country Garden Club.
Her many hobbies included spending time with her large group of treasured friends, reading, working puzzles, playing bridge and traveling. She was grateful for the opportunity to travel the globe with her husband and various student groups. She also had a tremendous passion for gardening and nature, and especially enjoyed tending her rose garden and watching the many species of birds which frequented her feeders. For years she combed the shores of Topsail Island, searching for beautiful seashells. She adored the many dogs she had over the years, especially her beloved black lab Cassie. The greatest love of her life was her family – wonderful parents and siblings, her loving husband of 55 years, her devoted children, and her adoring grandchildren.
Survived by husband, Jim, children Lynn Ross (Tyler) of Atlanta, Laura O’Dowd (Lawrence) of Raleigh; Lisa Ben-Meir (Jake) of Rye, NY; and grandchildren Ty Ross and Zach and Maggie Ben-Meir. She is also survived by her brother Marion Barnes (Kathryn) of Rocky Mount, nephew Jeff Knight (Tonie) of Austin, TX; sister-in-law Virginia Trenholm and niece Emily Trenholm (Les) both of Memphis, TN.
The family asks that anyone wanting to honor Judy’s memory make donations to Durham Rescue Mission (www.durhamrescuemission.org/donation/); Caring House (2625 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705); or Ronald McDonald House (506 Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27705).
The family would like to thank Judy’s dear friends for their support and the staff at Hillcrest Convalescent Center for the excellent care and compassion she received while there.
A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 23rd with a reception to follow.


Condolences for the family of “Judith Agnew”

Condolence from Robin McWilliams on September 20th, 2017 2:53 pm

Hi Lisa, I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Wonderful person. My best to you and your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Bob Ginocchio on September 22nd, 2017 11:35 am

Laura and family, I am sorry for your loss. I hope that you can all feel better soon.

Condolence from Chuck Darsie on September 22nd, 2017 4:45 pm

Jim,
So sorry to hear about Judy.
Chuck

Condolence from Lucy Martin Gianino on September 28th, 2017 12:56 pm

Dear Jim and family,
I’m sending prayers of comfort while shedding tears over the loss of Judy. She was a wonderful SBC friend and senior year suite mate and we shared many happy times together there. I remember when our oldest daughter entered Duke as a freshman Judy promised to be there if she needed someone. We were so grateful for that. Judy was a charming, bright lady with a great deal of love in her heart. She will be missed. xoxo Lucy Martin Gianino

Condolence from Veronica McPherson on October 6th, 2017 4:30 pm

I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Judy a few years ago. I enjoyed spending time with her and running errands for her. I would spend hours talking with her, asking for her advice and hearing her talk about her family. My favorite times were helping her wrap and send gifts to her grandchildren. Jim & family, I am so sorry for your loss, Judy will be deeply missed. I wish I had gotten over to see her more.

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