Barbara Jean Agnew, 85, a resident of Greensboro died Friday January 7, 2011 at Moses H. Cone Hospital. She was born January 5, 1926 in Benton Ridge, Ohio a daughter of Carl J. Bunn, Sr. and Esther Olive Harris. Lived on a farm where soybeans, corn and wheat were raised. Parents also had cows, sheep, pigs and chickens until later years. During the depression food was not an issue, but tires and shoes were difficult to get. Sugar was rationed. Mother slept in a room without heat. She broke the ice in her wash basin to wash up for school. Had an outhouse and used old catalogs for toilet tissue. Her mother made her clothes, often out of...
Barbara Jean Agnew, 85, a resident of Greensboro died Friday January 7, 2011 at Moses H. Cone Hospital. She was born January 5, 1926 in Benton Ridge, Ohio a daughter of Carl J. Bunn, Sr. and Esther Olive Harris.
Lived on a farm where soybeans, corn and wheat were raised. Parents also had cows, sheep, pigs and chickens until later years. During the depression food was not an issue, but tires and shoes were difficult to get. Sugar was rationed.
Mother slept in a room without heat. She broke the ice in her wash basin to wash up for school. Had an outhouse and used old catalogs for toilet tissue. Her mother made her clothes, often out of feed sacks. Lived with an Aunt in Benton Ridge she was 5 years and then came home to start school. Walked to school through the snow with her brothers and sometimes they set her on the radiator to warm her up. She and Myron were responsible for washing the dishes early on. She was also responsible for cleaning the oil lamps and filling them with oil. She did all of the house cleaning and ironing for the family. Ironing meant heating small irons – not electric irons.
In high school, she enjoyed business courses and going to dances with her friends. When she was 17 years old, she graduated from Liberty Benton High School and moved into Findlay to work at Cooper Tire in the office. She could type 92 words per minute on a manual typewriter. She also worked some in the plant. When her parents needed tires for the tractor, she went to the President of the Cooper Tire and asked if her parents could get some tires and got them.
Later she went to Tiffin University where she studied to be a clerk typist for the government. Then she worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. That's where she met her former husband, Edward Agnew and had a blind date on January 19, 1946. They dated in his open cockpit plane and flew upside down and she sang Stormy Weather. They were married in June 1946 and relocated in Charleston, West Virginia, where Mr. Agnew was a chemist. Douglas Agnew was born there on January 19, 1948.
They relocated to Toledo, Ohio a couple of years later. Jane Agnew Domer was born there on January 11, 1954.
Around 1967, Barbara moved back to Findlay Ohio and remodeled a farm house. She and Jane lived there while Jane was in High School. Doug served a tour in Vietnam during those years. In 1977, Barbara and Doug moved to Belleair Beach, Florida where they lived on the water. She enjoyed fishing off the dock and the warmer weather. Two of her brothers and parents also stayed in nearby in Florida during the winter months. Doug pursued his career interests there while Jane had relocated with her family to North Carolina. In 1990, Barbara and Doug relocated to Greensboro.
Barbara took her children to church most every Sunday. Her first car was purchased when her children were small. It was a red and white Rambler and she named it "Amy."
Doug and Jane both talk about how their mother was always focused on their needs. Barbara helped Jane design her current home and enjoyed buying special iris bulbs for Jane to plant. For many years, Barbara also enjoyed shopping on Saturdays with Jane and eating lunch at the Bear Rock Cafes. Shoe stores were a frequent choice when shopping.
Doug had many special times with Barbara as well. In recent years, she would ride with him as he went to medical appointments in Durham and other places. They would also plan shopping stops in Durham, Burlington and other places to make the days more enjoyable.
Later in their family life, Mr. Agnew would take the family on day trips in the small aircraft. A few times they flew from Toledo Ohio to Niagra Falls, Canada to spend the 4th of July.
In speaking with her nephew Tom Bunn, son of Carl Bunn, Jr., he said that he always admired his Aunt's pretty handwriting. He talked about how his dad and Uncle Myron and protected her from the cold weather when they walked to school in the snow.
Barbara taught herself to knit and crochet, but knitting was her favorite. She once knitted a beautiful pair of gloves. However, most of her knitting was directed to make hats – approximately 300 - for the homeless. She wanted to do her part to keep people warm.
Barbara loved to make her home attractive. She had an eye for design. She also could make a really good pie crust - almost a lost art in today's world.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Carl Bunn, Jr., Myron Bunn and Barton Bunn.
Surviving are her son, Douglas Agnew of Greensboro; her daughter, Jane Domer of Trinity and a grandson, Stephen Domer, Esq. of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel, 6000 High Point Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407 conducted by the Reverend Michael Moran. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
Online condolences can be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com