Remembering Agnes Beale

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(photo courtesy Jack Henderson; text courtesy Nora Bishop)

Agnes Beale passed away September 25, 2019 in Melbourne, Florida where she had moved to be close to her cousin. 

Agnes was born in New York City, raised in New Jersey and spent much of her professional life in an insurance office in Pennsylvania.  Yet it was in Maine and the Midcoast Senior College where she carved a niche in her retirement and where we remember her.  She had had a full life.  Born August 29, 1939 to an Irish -Italian family, Agnes was a devoted Catholic.

       It wasn’t until she was in her forties and with an interest in the women of the Civil War. that she was able to finish college with a degree in history.  That was emblematic of her philosophy, and when she retired and joined MSC, she found their mission of life-long learning entirely compatible.  First as a volunteer, then board member, finally a winner of the Wheeler/Thompson award,  she ultimately was hired as the first Administrative Assistant of MSC.

     In the little office, in Bath, then the even smaller office in Brunswick, Agnes was surrounded by filing cabinets, books and volunteers.  I sat next to her for four of those years until ill health forced her retirement.  We became good friends and along with all of us at MSC, I came to know;

There are good ships and wood ships and ships that sail the sea
But the best ships are friendships, May they always be!   
May your home always be too small for your friends.   

Irish Proverb   

Click Here to read Agnes Beale’s obituary