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Martha Jane (Ragle) Gagnon

May 29, 1942October 8, 2020
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Martha Jane (Ragle) Gagnon, 78, passed away on October 8, 2020. Martha was born on May 29, 1942 in Weatherford, Texas.

Please find a special tribute from Martha's daughter, Angela, below:

"On Thursday, October 8 around 1:30 am, my beautiful, sweet mama, Martha Jane (Ragle) Gagnon, went to her eternal Heavenly home after a brief, brave battle with multiple myeloma. She was 78 years young.

I am so grateful to God I could be by her side, holding her hand, and that she was surrounded by precious family and dear friends during her final days. Mama loved her family and friends more than anything in this world, and there's no doubt in my mind she was thrilled that she could bring them all together. We were shocked that Jesus took her so soon, but she always was in a hurry. By the grace of God, she got her final wish: she didn't suffer long and passed away at home.

No words can convey what this precious lady meant to me. She told me that after she married my dad, Major Ray Bailey, she wanted a baby girl so badly, but the doctors told her she couldn't have children. As she did so often in her life, she proved the naysayers wrong. For many years, it was just Mom and I on our own. We fought hard, we forgave, we had each other's back, and we loved each other fiercely. For most of my life, she was more than my mom, she was my best friend. Mama told me just a few weeks ago: "You are my constant." And she was mine.

Thank you, Mama, for teaching me to be a strong, independent woman; for always making me laugh; for showing me how to laugh at myself; for never missing a dance or drama performance in school; for supporting my travel dreams; for singing to me more times than I can count; for showing me how to work hard; for providing for me as a single mom; for putting me through college by yourself; for showing me how to be gracious to others; for being content with feline grandchildren; for showing me how to be brave and stick up for myself; and for being there for me no matter what.

Mama loved Jesus, her family, her friends, her garden, and her cats most in this world. She had a generous soul, the spirit of a giver. She loved meeting people, travelling, giving gifts, listening to stories, and making people smile. She could crochet faster than anyone I've ever seen, was a wonderful cook, had a green thumb that would make anyone envious, and could look at anything and remake it without a pattern, the best seamstress I've ever known. She found joy in dressing up, collecting photographs and pretty shiny things, singing old church hymns, teasing her twin brother, and proving she could do anything that anyone said she couldn't. She was fiercely independent, extremely stubborn, and the strongest woman I know. When she received her terminal cancer prognosis, she turned to me and said, "I'm not sad, it is what it is. I've had a good life."

Mama was so proud of her 26-year career as a budget officer for the US Army Corps of Engineers. After retiring in 2004, she enjoyed volunteering at the hospital with the babies, petsitting, entertaining friends and family, supporting charities and organizations in the DFW area, road trips with her daughter, tending her beautiful yard, spoiling her numerous feline children, and travelling the world with her beloved late companion, Major Tom Spencer. She joins him, my dad, her parents, Reuben and Josie Ragle, and 6 siblings: Truett, James, Marilyn, Bud, Dwayne, and twin brother, Ronnie. In fact, she and her twin brother both passed away at the same time of day, 5 years apart. Though she may have gone a minute before just to beat him. She is survived by her daughter Angela Bailey, sister Wanda Moran, sister-in-laws Mary Ragle and Jimmie Ragle, brother-in-law Dugan Warren, numerous nieces and nephews, and kitties Gigi, Cherie Elizabeth, and Sheba.

As promised for those who believe in Him, God has prepared a room for her and given her the Ultimate Healing. She is no longer in pain, and is rejoicing with her family and two loves in Heaven. This is not goodbye, it is only "See you, later." ♥️

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." ~ Dr. Seuss."

A viewing (wake) will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9:00am to 9:45am in the South Chapel of Moore Funeral Home on Davis Road in Arlington, Texas. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 10:00am in the South Chapel of Moore Funeral Home on Davis Road in Arlington, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or the Alzheimer's Association.

Services

  • Viewing (Wake)

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Martha Jane (Ragle) Gagnon

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Alli Ragle

October 14, 2020

My beautiful aunt Martha. I’m so happy to have been able to spend her last few days by her side and she will be missed dearly by everyone she knew. She’s always inspired me to be elegant and to laugh at everything. It’s good to know my grandad has his twin again, and there’s no doubt in my mind they’re already getting into trouble wherever they are now. Thank you for being an inspiration and a strong female figure in my life Martha Jane. I will always carry your memory with me❤️❤️❤️

Melody Hay

October 13, 2020

She WAS a giver. I loved to come over to your house and play. She always welcomed and loved me as her own...and spoiled me as her own too. 🤣 I always called her my second Mama. Mama Martha will always be in my heart and I can’t wait to give her a big hug when my time comes. I’m so glad she got to meet Griffon when he was a baby. She lit up like a sunbeam when she met him. I’ll always treasure that too. Angela, you really do embody so many of her most positive attributes. Strength, independence, grace, humour and beauty. Sending all our love. 🦋

Ginette McAulay

October 13, 2020

Angela,
We will miss your Mom very much, she was a dear friend, a great neighbor and a fun companion on our RV trips across the country.
The McAulay Family, Ginette, Don, Michel, Jim

Marilee Bennett

October 13, 2020

Angela, your mom was a beautiful lady inside and out. I will always remember her lovely smile and infectious sense of humor. When you guys moved across the street from us so many years ago, I was so grateful for her friendship and for Melody to have a new playmate! I remember the first time I saw you coming out of your front door in a yellow ruffled dress your mom had made for you. It was Easter I think. I never knew anyone could sew like that! I thought you looked like a lovely little daffodil!

Angela, your mom loved you so very much and that love on and on forever. Loving you and praying for you my Sweet Girl. Looking forward to spending time you soon. Marilee

Carol Ward

October 12, 2020

Angela,
Kenton & I thoroughly enjoyed your mother. She was such a gracious lady and we enjoyed spending time with her at the Ward reunion. I didn't realize until today that our birthdays are on the same date. We were so sorry to hear that she was sick and do hope she wasn't in much pain. We last saw her at Tom's burial in Russell, Kansas. Our condolences to you and your family.
Kenton & Carol Ward

John and Janey Meek

October 12, 2020

Martha was always a lady, a caring and giving lady. John and I have so many memories with Tom and Martha. One Sunday after church, lunch with them and some more friends, we invited Tom and Martha to come over. We sat around the kitchen table, talked and laughed; Martha had some "zingers". Pizza was ordered, and at 7:00 pm, we ran out of stories. A great day that had gone so fast. Thru their faith, our two dear friends will meet again.

Deb Williford

October 12, 2020

My thoughts and prayers for the family. Martha was one of my volunteers at the Weatherford hospital. She was vibrant and full of life. She was a dear friend and will be greatly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY

Martha and daughter, Angela Rae Bailey

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Martha and daughter, Angela Rae Bailey

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Reuben and Josie Ragle family. Children clockwise from bottom L: Wanda, Bud, Truett, Marilyn, James, Dwayne, twins Ronnie & Martha.

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Big sister Marilyn Joy with twins Martha Jane and Ronald Wayne.

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High School Graduate, Weatherford HS, Class of 1960

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Martha with sisters Wanda and Marilyn

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The Ragle Family at Reuben and Josie's 50th Wedding Anniversary Party: (L to R) Ronnie, Martha, Wanda, Dwayne, Bud, Marilyn, Truett with parents Josie and Reuben Ragle

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The Ragle Family and spouses

Biography

A special tribute from Martha's daughter, Angela:

Two months ago, I returned to the USA after four years in South Korea to spend time with Mama Martha, and they are now the most precious two months of my life. On Thursday, October 8 around 1:30 am, my beautiful, sweet mama, Martha Jane (Ragle) Gagnon, went to her eternal Heavenly home after a brief, brave battle with multiple myeloma. She was 78 years young.

I am so grateful to God I could be by her side, holding her hand, and that she was surrounded by precious family and dear friends during her final days. Mama loved her family and friends more than anything in this world, and there's no doubt in my mind she was thrilled that she could bring them all together. We were shocked that Jesus took her so soon, but she always was in a hurry. By the grace of God, she got her final wish: she didn't suffer long and passed away at
home.

No words can convey what this precious lady meant to me. She told me that after she married my dad, Major Ray Bailey, she wanted a baby girl so badly, but the doctors told her she couldn't have children. As she did so often in her life, she proved the naysayers wrong. For many years, it was just Mom and I on our own. We fought hard, we forgave, we had each other's back, and we loved each other fiercely. For most of my life, she was more than my mom, she was my best friend. Mama told me just a few weeks ago: "You are my constant." And she was mine.

Thank you, Mama, for teaching me to be a strong, independent woman; for always making me laugh; for showing me how to laugh at myself; for never missing a dance or drama performance in school; for supporting my travel dreams; for singing to me more times than I can count; for showing me how to work hard; for providing for me as a single mom; for putting me through college by yourself; for showing me how to be gracious to others; for being content with feline grandchildren; for showing me how to be brave and stick up for myself; and for being there for me no matter what.

Mama loved Jesus, her family, her friends, her garden, and her cats most in this world. She had a generous soul, the spirit of a giver. She loved meeting people, travelling, giving gifts, listening to stories, and making people smile. She could crochet faster than anyone I've ever seen, was a wonderful cook, had a green thumb that would make anyone envious, and could look at anything and remake it without a pattern, the best seamstress I've ever known. She found joy in dressing up, collecting photographs and pretty shiny things, singing old church hymns, teasing her twin brother, and proving she could do anything that anyone said she couldn't. She was fiercely independent, extremely stubborn, and the strongest woman I know. When she received her terminal cancer prognosis, she turned to me and said, "I'm not sad, it is what it is. I've had a good life."

Mama was so proud of her 26-year career as a budget officer for the US Army Corps of Engineers. After retiring in 2004, she enjoyed volunteering at the hospital with the babies, pet sitting, entertaining friends and family, supporting charities and organizations in the DFW area, road trips with her daughter, tending her beautiful yard, spoiling her numerous feline children, and travelling the world with her beloved late companion, Major Tom Spencer. She joins him, my dad, her parents, Reuben and Josie Ragle, and 6 siblings: Truett, James, Marilyn, Bud, Dwayne, and twin brother, Ronnie. In fact, she and her twin brother both passed away at the same time of day, 5 years apart. Though she may have gone a minute before just to beat him. She is survived by her daughter Angela Bailey, sister Wanda Moran, sister-in-laws Mary Ragle and Jimmie Ragle, brother-in-law Dugan Warren, numerous nieces and nephews, and kitties Gigi, Cherie Elizabeth, and Sheba.

As promised for those who believe in Him, God has prepared a room for her and given her the Ultimate Healing. She is no longer in pain, and is rejoicing with her family and two loves in Heaven. This is not goodbye, it is only "See you, later." ♥️

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." ~ Dr. Seuss

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