Agnes Marie Struthers, age 94, of Whatcom County, Wash., died Feb. 1, 2011, at Whatcom Hospice House, Bellingham, Wash., from complications after a fall and Alzheimer's decline.
Agnes was born May 27, 1916, in Bushnell, Neb., to Ray and Rowena Long, one of five children. She grew up in Nebraska and Kansas, and lost her mother as a child. After graduating from high school in 1934, she married her husband, James Struthers, in 1936, in Fruita, Colo., where they made a life and family, raising four children, before moving to Walla Walla in 1953, adding their fifth child to the family.
In addition to raising her family and working at Walla Walla General Hospital as a central supply assistant, Agnes spent her hours tending a beautiful garden with James' help. Together they grew roses
and numerous flowers, beans and tomatoes, and canned much of it over the years. In later years, Agnes' father lived with her and James until age 100. Agnes was devoted to the College Place Village Seventh Day Adventist Church and spent every day living a truly Christian life. After James' death, Agnes remained in the family home until moving to Boise to be near her daughter. As the years passed, she moved closer and closer to each of her four remaining children, from Boise to Mukilteo, and finally, to Ferndale. Sharing the last years of Agnes' life with each of her children has been just one of the many blessings she gave us. Agnes was warm and welcoming to all who met her. Living by her Christian principals was her most fulfilling goal and she succeeded by setting an admirable example for others to follow. She met life's losses and grief with grace and remained grateful for every blessing, big and small, that God gave her. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to everyone.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; all her siblings; husband, James, in 1994; and her oldest child, Verla, in 1984. She is survived by her four children, Daryl (Beth) Struthers of Bellingham, Veda (Clark) Anderson of Boise, Vera (Ron) Herms of Ferndale, and Ron (Ann) Struthers of Stanwood; nine grandchildren, Greg Leno, Gary Leno, Valerie Perry, Lisa Bowser, Lori Struthers, Teresa Soldavini, Rick Griggs, Shane Struthers, Jason Struthers, Kelly Struthers, Jeremy Struthers and Jonathan Struthers; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at noon at Mt. Hope Cemetery under the direction of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. Pastor Steve Walikonis will be officiating. A gathering in the all-purpose room at Village Church will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the College Place Village Seventh Day Adventist Church or Whatcom Hospice House through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
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