Marguerite Agnew

Obituary of Marguerite Agnew

Marguerite Agnew was born September 12, 1919 in Murphy, ID along with her twin, brother Ray to Raymond and Theodora Domingo. She was the youngest of 6 kids, 3 boys and 3 girls. They were Basque and ran sheep in the Owyhees. Her father died of the Spanish flu while she was very young. Her mother moved the family to Murphy when it was a rail head for loading livestock. During the Depression they lived for a while in Nampa before settling in Boise. A family of 6 children and their mother with no father had it hard. However Marguerite made it through Boise High School and graduated as an honor student in 1937. Living on River Street, she told of how they walked the tracks picking up coal which fell off the coal trains so they could have some warmth in the winter. She put paper in her shoes to cover the holes. There were no food stamps or welfare. She went to Seattle to work and sent money to her mother. She joined the Marines during World War II and made Sargent. She married a marine, Lonnie Agnew, who was coming back from the Pacific at the end of the war. She was offered a trip to OCS but declined. As a marine she was a chaplain's assistant and then routed troops home. She said that it was the best and proudest time in her life. Semper Fi has meaning. Lonnie and Marguerite moved to Long Beach, CA where their son Lonnie was born. Many of her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews lived with her and she helped some of them find jobs. None were ever turned down. Some stayed for a year or more. When her brother, Joe, had cancer she brought him in a second time and cared for him until he died. In 1962 the family moved back to Boise, where her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They returned to Southern California for medical care for him. Lonnie attended and graduated from Cal State Long Beach while helping his mother care for his father until his father’s death in 1971. After the death of his father, Lonnie moved to Boise and his mother followed. She and her sister, Mary, who was still in California, shared in the care of their mother, Dora who later died in Marguerite's home in Boise. Mom helped so many of her family and deserved no less, than to spend her last days in her home. She is receiving her reward in heaven and is with her family and friends. Marguerite is survived by her son, Lonnie Agnew and his wife Sherry; her granddaughter, Sarah Agnew and her husband John; two great-grandchildren: Ethan and Austin and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Morris Hill Cemetery with Monsignor Joesph daSilva officiating. Military honors will be presented by the United States Marines. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. Remembrances may be left for the family at In lieu flowers memorials may be made in Marguerite’s name to the Disabled American Veterans, 805 W. Franklin St. #205 Boise, ID 83702
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Graveside Service

Morris Hill Cemetery 317 N. Latah Boise, Idaho Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 2:00 P.M.


Morris Hill Cemetery - see above

Memorial Contributions

Disabled American Veterans, 805 W. Franklin St. #205 Boise, ID 83702
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