Mary Gene Fagan

Mary Gene Fagan, 74, a longtime resident of Oak Harbor, died Nov. 19, 2002, at Whidbey General Hospital.

Mrs. Fagan was born Sept. 28, 1928, in Trempeleau, Wis., to Gene Curtis Atwood and Lucy Mae (Church) Atwood. She moved with her family to Grand Ridge, Ill., and then to Washington, where they lived briefly in Maple Valley before moving to Maxwelton Beach and then Oak Harbor. Mrs. Fagan graduated from Oak Harbor High School. On June 25, 1948, she married Charles L. “Chuck” Fagan at the old family farmhouse on Hillcrest.

Mrs. Fagan led an active life. She made over 140 dolls, was a baby sitter, wrote many letters, was a foster mother, chauffeured children, worked for a time in the cafeteria at Oak Harbor High School, sold real estate and judged gardens and flowers. She also enjoyed hiking, loved babies, and loved Whidbey Island and taking people on tours of its many sights. She was musical and enjoyed singing and playing the piano and cello. She also was a Campfire Girls counselor.

Mrs. Fagan attended First United Methodist Church in Oak Harbor, and was a member of the Christian Women’s Club and the Oak Harbor Garden Club.

Mary is survived by her husband, Chuck, at home; a daughter, Cheri Marie (Fagan) Mills of Chicago; two sons, Randal Lee Fagan and wife Kathy in Okinawa, and Kevin Dee Fagan, Seattle; grandchildren Sean Fagan and wife Nancy of Colorado Springs, Colo., Skeeter Fagan of Oak Harbor, Kenyon (Fagan) Blaine and husband Jack of Pensacola, Fla., and Cory and Kelly Mills, both of Chicago, Ill.; a great-granddaughter, Joanna Rae Blaine; a brother, Lynn Curtis Atwood and wife Muriel of Kirkland; a sister, Shirley Anderson of Mount Vernon; a sister-in-law, Gerri Atwood of Oak Harbor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Eileen File, a brother, Austin Atwood, and a nephew, Warren Atwood.

A memorial service was held Nov. 23 at First United Methodist Church.

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