Agnes Catherine Ivy, 90, dedicated army wife

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Agnes Catherine Ivy
Agnes Catherine Ivy

WILLIAMSBURG – Agnes Catherine Ivy, 90, the daughter of Samuel Anderson and Jeanette Kirkland, of Glasgow, Scotland, passed away on Oct. 9, 2016.

She was born in Kenmore, Ohio, September 16, 1926 and was raised by Margaret Glen Anderson, her loving father’s second wife.

Agnes attended and graduated from Hower Vocational High School of Akron, Ohio, where she met her future husband. She married Marion Richard Ivy, February 1, 1946, in the Kenmore Christian Church upon his return from the European Theater of World War II.

Soon after their marriage, the Ivy’s moved to Raton, New Mexico and remained there for nearly three years. Her husband re-joined the U.S. Army and the family were sent to Fort Hood, Texas. Agnes’ first son was born in Raton, January 29, 1947.

Agnes and her family made their home at numerous Army Installations throughout the United States and Europe. While in Europe, Agnes and her family visited many cities in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, England and Scotland. After the retirement of her husband from the Army, the family settled in High Point, North Carolina until December 1992. They then moved to Williamsburg, Virginia. She and her husband lived there until the Lord called her to her Heavenly Home.

Agnes provided the loving stabilizing force needed to hold the family together while her husband was away on military orders to Korea, Vietnam and numerous other assignments. She was the “father,” mother, religious leader, family counselor and disciplinarian, but most of all, she was a devoted mother with an overflowing of love for each child. That love also transgressed the many thousands of miles to her caring, loving and lonesome husband. During these years, another son, Michael R. Ivy, born September 20, 1954 and a daughter, Petra C. Ivy, born December 5, 1958, were added to the family. If this wasn’t enough to ask of her, she began raising a 6 month old grand-daughter while in her fifties.

Mrs. Ivy is survived and will be sorely missed by her husband of 70+ years; the four children she raised; Richard James Ivy (Nancy) of Cave Creek, Arizona; Michael Robert Ivy (Catherine) of Surfside Beach, South Carolina; Petra Oxendine (Jerry) of Roland, North Carolina; Andrea Rutledge (Juan) of Greer, South Carolina; his sister, Jean Heaston of Springfield, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Margaret Anderson; and one brother, Robert W. Anderson; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Anderson of Westerville, Ohio.

Funeral arrangements will be made by Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, Virginia.

A joint funeral service will be arranged for both Agnes and Marion Ivy in the future. The urn will be inurned in a columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Please make donations to the American Cancer Society of Newport News, 11835 Cannon Blvd., Newport News, Virginia 23606 or the Olive Branch Christian Church Mission Fund, 7643 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.