OBITUARY

Lillie Ann Ann Bagley

January 4, 1932April 7, 2014
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Lillie Ann Bagley is a native Texan who is known to her friends as Ann. Ann passed away on April 7, 2014. She was born in Dallas, Texas on January 4, 1932. The depression years were especially tough. When she was six years old, her father died. She helped raise her little brother while her mother worked. On August 3, 1950, she married Joseph A. Bagley, a WWII veteran who passed away in 2006. They had three children, Joseph Alexander Bagley, Gloria Bagley Munson, David Mitchell Bagley (deceased). Ann never graduated from college; although, a college education was extremely important to her. She worked while her younger brother attended university and later completed law school. She was the driving force in persuading all three of her children to earn degrees. She often boasts that between her offspring, there are six university degrees including two Masters’ Degrees. One fall semester, she enrolled in an accounting class at Mountain View Junior College and gained enough knowledge and confidence to open Beamo Welding Co. with her husband in 1973. The business manufactured tools for the oil industry.Together, Ann and Joe traveled throughout the United States giving seminars for McGraw Hill Publishers about electron beam welding and other manufacturing devices. Aside from teaching many of the seminars herself, she co-authored several articles with her husband. When she wasn’t presenting, writing, or administrating, Ann was active in the Grand Prairie Community. She joined Soroptimists, an organization for woman in management and served as both Vice President and President. She also became an active member of Colonial Dames (president), Magna Carta and Silver Platter. Her favorite organization was the Daughters of the American Revolution in which she served as regent from 1987 to 1989 and 1995-1996. Donations may be made to: Prairie Paws - Ref. Lillie Ann Bagley, 2222 W. Warrior Trail, Grand Prairie, TX 75052.

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  • Memorial Service Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Jean Peel

September 17, 2014

Ann was a bright and shining star in the Texas Bluebonnet Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as Chapter Regent twice. She belonged to several genealogical societies. But more than that she was a loving Christian woman who always had a kind word for everyone. I miss her and offer my deepest sympathy to Gloria and Joe in the loss of their mother.
Jean Peel, Grand Prairie

Bee Thomas

September 17, 2014

This is a copy of the memorial Beulah "Bee" Thomas read at the memorial service (DAR--Sept. 13, 2014).

Ann was a member of the First Baptist Church. On one occasion we went on a bus trip to the Fort Worth Convention Center for a Great Revival. It was real cold and I nearly backed out. However, something unbelievable and unimaginable happened, a wonderful soloist sang a new version of Beulah Land. Our bus group, having fun, kidded me about it, and said, “Aren't you glad you came?”

Ann was a member and supported many Grand Prairie Community Organizations. Bill and I enjoyed their visits when they came to see us at Granbury, taking a boat ride, sharing the loss of their son, traveling to Austin for meetings and shopping, enjoying fellowship, and dining together.
When I visited her in the Nursing Home, she was always pleasant. She praised Gloria for visiting her regularly and taking such good care of her needs, even putting her cat pictues up in her room. Her voice still rings in my ears at times, “Bee take care of yourself.”

Then, a swift wind blew the light from her candle on the earth. Its beauty now gleams amongst the heavenly bodies. This soul is gone but will never be forgotten. Taken from us, she has gone to be with Joe, her husband, son, and her ancestors. I am sure they embraced her in their loving arms and welcomed her home. God bless you Ann Bagley. Farewell and peace, as you rest at God's side.

Gloria Munson

September 17, 2014

This is the dedication I presented on Sept. 13, 2014 for the DAR memorial service.

My mother loved the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was proud to be a member and even prouder to have been asked to serve as regent twice. I've been told that she was considered a great asset to both the National Society and the Texas Bluebonnet Chapter.

Some of you know my mother, some of you don't. I'd like to tell you about her. Mom was a survivor. She survived the death of her father when she was only six years old. She survived the passing of her youngest son, my little brother in 1993 and my father's death in 2006. One of her greatest triumphs was surviving breast cancer for 22 years. She had a lot of tragedy thrown at her, but she held her head high and kept a smile on her face.

My parents were married nearly 56 years. They were true soul mates. They were so dedicated to each other that they not only committed themselves in marriage, but to running a small business. It was a risk that paid out for both of them. My dad was the engineer. Mom was the admin. She sought business opportunities, kept amazingly accurate records, and fought fraudulent workman's comp claims. My father started the business, but she made it successful.

Bee told me that she was one of her best friends. Well, mom was my best friend too. She gave me love, confidence and support. Whenever I didn't get a job, an opportunity, or a date that I wanted, she would say, “Don't worry, something better will come along.” And she was right, my life is better because of her philosophy.

Mom always looked beautiful. She wore gorgeous clothes and a sincere smile. Even when arthritis crippled her and she could only wear jogging suits, she still had beauty inside and out. She never had to announce that she was a Christian, people just knew. Her faith always showed and it was never more vivid as it was during the last six years of her life. People loved her spirit and her sense of humor. I will never forget the day she went to hospice. . Our minister came in to pray with us. She had visitors from the nursing home. My boyfriend's parents spent time with us. Others dropped by. Doris Day movies played in the background. Throughout the day she claimed she knew where she was going (heaven) and she had nothing to fear. It was her time. She laughed with us, looked at me and promised me that she would always be with me. I know that she is.

Gloria Munson

September 14, 2014

Correction to my last post, I meant to write, Regent Jo Ann Walker. Jo Ann Walker, Debbie Rusk and Linda Elliot all should have been mentioned in my post. My apologies.

Gloria Munson

September 14, 2014

Yesterday, I participated at the memorial service for four DAR women who became "falling stars" this year--Estelle Evangeline Bower Smith, Claire Belle Edwards, Mary Lou Garret Hopkins and my mother, Lillie Ann Smith Bagley. It was a beautiful ceremony with Beulah "Bee" Thomas acting as chaplain, Bernice Hardin turning on the candles and Verda Grantham reading the books that were donated in each woman's name. The hospitality of Regent Debbie Rust was heartwarming. My "adopted family" attended with me--Jerry Austin (boyfriend) and his parents, Kenneth and Glendolyn Austin. I could not have made it through the ceremony without them. I dreaded the day of the memorial service because every time I practiced my reading for my mother, I cried. With the amazing support of all the above mentioned people, I made it through. I really appreciate the individual stories that DAR members shared with me. It was wonderful to learn about the love and respect that others felt for her. Thank you.

Debbie Walker Rust

September 14, 2014

I met Ann at the very first DAR meeting I went to in 2004. I always looked forward to seeing her at the meetings. She was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. When I was the Registrar Claire Edwards on one side and Ann on the other to give me all the help I needed to be sure I knew everything I needed to know to be a successful Registrar for the DAR. She will be missed, such a graceful lady.

Joe and Gloria

May 8, 2014

To mom,
We were blessed to have the family together this year.

Gloria Bagley Munson

May 8, 2014

The size, type or form of disappointment didn't matter. My mother always told me that “something better would come along.” She was right. In high school, I didn't win a coveted spot on the drill team—instead I became editor of the school newspaper. After graduating from university, I didn't get the job I wanted. Two days after I got the rejection, I received an offer to be a supervisor over the original position. About thirteen years ago I suffered a devastating life changing event. Mom said, “Don't worry, your adventure is just beginning.” Yes, right again. I taught at a university in Japan for six years, earned my Master's Degree in London, England and toured alone on my bicycle through SE Asia for six weeks. I could not have met these challenges without my mom's support and love. She inspired me to never give up and to reach for goals higher than I imagined I could attain.

When she asked me to return to the United States and take care of her, it was a hard decision for me. Initially, I didn't think of how much she needed me. I hadn't considered that I could return the love and encouragement she had provided me with through the years. I only thought of the independence I would surrender. Relunctantly, I bought a plane ticket home.

Neither one of us knew how much we'd both gain through her request. Our mother-daughter relationship expanded and evolved into best friends. I was her caretaker, her advocate, her Dr. Pepper supplier. I feel a little strange now that mom has gone because I saw her almost every day for the past six years. We would talk and we would share our deepest secrets, happy successes, or sad stories. She always supported me. She was the most positive person I have ever known.

A few minutes ago, a friend gave me some good news. I immediately thought, “Oh, I must tell mom." Then the tears fell. But my friend reassured me that mom already knows. I miss her so much. However, I know that this time, “something better has come along” for her.

Beulah (Bee) S. Thomas

May 7, 2014

Ann Bagley was one of my very best friends. She was a great asset to the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a brilliant business woman, helping her husband, Joe, with their Grand Prairie Business for years.

She was quite striking in looks, so friendly and her laugh was contagious. We became friends at first sight and our friendship continued until her death. When we were together, we had so much fun.

Also, she had true beauty, strength, morals, kindness and a powerful presence in her demur, showing a dependence upon the Lord, Jesus Christ.

She was such a colorful, alive and beautiful person with a Christian spirit. I miss her voice, as we talked on the phone frequently. Our friendship was so real and genuine for many years. She was a good mother, loving her children and family, dearly.

She had unfaltering loyalty, an enjoyable marriage and was romantic to her husband, Joe. He always bought her beautiful jewelry which I admired.

Her courage, ingenuity and faith to trump over misfortune was quite and deep, coming from a merciful and mighty God. She knew love and encouragement can overcome just about anything that comes your way, raising children, poor health, losing a son and life in general.

In naming her, I sometime wonder if her mother thought of the scripture and story of Ruth: 1:1-22.

She loved the Book of Ruth in the Bible and lived accordingly:

Jerry Austin

May 5, 2014

I met Ann six years ago when her daughter, Gloria, and I started dating. Ann was a very polite and intelligent woman, who always greeted me with a smile. It was easy to see that she was a dynamic person, who had devoted her life to being a loving wife and mother, while also staying active in her community.

As my relationship with Gloria grew, Ann treated me like an adopted son, always supportive of my career decisions and goals in life. Her bright eyes, loving smile and motherly affection will always be remembered and missed.

May God bless her soul,