Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Agnes Rosalia Cecilia Hartnett (My Grandmother)

  Agnes Hartnett was born in Fort Dodge Iowa on 16 June 1901. She was the first child of two born to Patrick Hartnett and Nellie Reynolds (Subjects of earlier posts:http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8545416888743417776#editor/target=post;postID=8806948059932969331 and  http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8545416888743417776#editor/target=post;postID=974628204830990456)

  Agnes's parents would divorce a few years after her birth, and she and her brother would grow up being shuttled between living in foster homes and living with their uncle due to her mother having mental problems. By 1920 Agnes and her brother were living on their own  in Des Moines Iowa, where Agnes worked as a saleslady in a dry goods store.

  In the mid 1920's Agnes moved to California where she married a Walter Phillips on 25 June 1927. (see Marriage Certificate) From this marriage three children, two daughters and one son, would be born. The family resided in Long Beach California (See photo of home) for almost fifty years, while Agnes worked as an accountant for a Walkers Department Store, from which she would retire.

  Agnes's husband died in 1967, and she would sell the family home and move to North Long Beach to live near her eldest daughter. In 1980 her eldest daughter died and she would later move to Orange County to live near her youngest daughter. Agnes died on 24 October 1998 and was buried beside her husband in Westminster California. (See photo)  

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