Agnes J. Duffy

Agnes J. Duffy

May 29, 1929 - December 05, 2009

Agnes J. Duffy

May 29, 1929 - December 05, 2009


Agnes J. Duffy, 80 years young, was born to Clyde Annabel and Margaret English-Annabel in Newton Falls, Ohio on the 29th Day of May in the year 1929. This beloved wife, mother and grandmother sadly passed on December 5th, 2009.

She grew up in Youngstown Ohio before moving with her family to Southern California in June 1951. As a long time resident of Whittier, she worked in the banking industry, was a caretaker and raised a loving family. Agnes spent the remaining golden years of her life in Laguna Woods with her husband of 56 years. Her joys were simple family and friends – be they game nights, holiday celebrations or quiet visits.

In addition to her loving husband, Thomas F. Duffy, she is survived by 2 children, Kathleen and Patrick; two grandchildren, Kaitlin and Lily and her sister Jessie Olson.

An open celebration of her life will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday December 12th, 2009 at St Nicholas Catholic Church 24252 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637-3488. The service will be presided by Father Delahunty.

A reception will immediately follow at St. Nicholas Church while a private graveside service is to be held at Ascension Cemetery, El Toro, CA.

Flowers can be ordered through or sent to O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics


Mom’s Eulogy – 12 December 2009 – by Patrick Duffy

I cry not for the passing of my Mother, but for the love she gave. I was lucky enough to be ‘chosen’ in that love – to feel it from my youngest memories and unwavering until this day. In her eyes, I could do no wrong.

To be consumed by that unconditional love is something every one who knew her – knows. I know no one as giving and selfless as she. To love by her example is a mountain only she could climb.

The people fortunate enough to have been part of her life, know this truth. From family and friends and the mere acquaintance, her love touched all of them in a way that shaped a part of their life – just as it has mine.

Looking back, it took me almost 30 years to realize she was human. Prior to that, she was the omnipotent, larger than life super hero known only as Mom – this ever-present being that provided, nurtured, consoled and loved me.

It has only been these last 10 years or so that I realized she was just a little girl at heart. One that wanted to have fun, play games, and cherish each day with her family and friends. For Mom, the simplest of these was merely having her children at her side. Money could never procure the joy that provided for her. And in Mom’s few remaining days, Kathleen and I, were – together with her.

Sharing in her pain while she slowly passed last week was difficult on everyone. Family and friends near and far, they all spoke of her with such kindness, compassion and love while in the fortunate but uncomfortable position to say their good byes. Though so cruelly implemented, my Mom wouldn’t have wanted to depart without such opportunity.

However, true to a love I have never witnessed anywhere else – is the love between my parents. They had been inseparable for almost 60 years. It was only as the house had emptied when they were alone, hand in hand, did Mom decide to leave – silently, the two of them, side by side. As fate would have it, a tragic but beautiful conclusion to the love they shared.

My mind is awash with memories of a wonderful happy childhood. It could not have been any better. For me, the special gift my parents gave me my life, and their love could never be equaled. And though half of that foundation has been torn away from me, her love will never disappear. It is, who I am.


Eulogy for Agnes J. Duffy, my wonderful Mother – by Kathleen Duffy Bailey

Kindness, compassion, tolerance, sympathy, goodness, generosity, innocence, forgiveness and love.

But above all else: love.

These are the words I use to describe my mother. She embodied these qualities so fully that you might wonder if she wasn’t really an undercover angel put here to remind us that loving one another is what’s most important.

She was the best person I ever met. She was the best person a lot of people ever met.

What was it like to have such a mother?

She didn’t preach or lecture to us; she didn’t go on about being good and doing the right thing.

She was simply a constant example of a loving heart: day after day, through her actions, her words, her unshakable optimism, and her acceptance of everyone, in whom she saw only the good.

She was incapable of doing otherwise. Love was the very core of her nature. She was the purest heart I’ve ever known.

So I can’t speak of her as if she was just my mother. As her daughter, it was clear early on that I couldn’t claim her as just my own.

So many, many people loved her, relied on her, cared for her; so many people absolutely adored her. Not just family, friend and neighbors she made an effort to reach and befriend everyone she came in contact with. And for many, she was not only a friend but like a second mother as well.

Love radiated from her beautiful soul out into the world, and I know it made an everlasting impression on all the hearts and minds she ever touched.

So now it is a comfort to have had such a mother a mother who so generously shared her love. I know she now dwells in a great many hearts: memories of her, and her influence of goodness and love, are spread wide into the world , and so she lives on.

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14 responses to Agnes J. Duffy

  1. Rhanna Longe says:

    They don’t come any more special then she did! She had the biggest heart and loved her family more then anything in the world. She will be greatly missed!

  2. My very deepest sypmathy to you Tom, and your chldren, and to her sister Jessie. I am deeply saddened by the death of my cousin Agnes.. I have wonderful memories when she and her family lived in Coitsville, Oh, prior moving to California. My parents and I would go over to visit on Sundays, and during the summer months, I would spend time wth her..we always had such fun, I always enjoyed being there ,. with her wonderful, mother, my Aunt Margie, and Uncle Clyde. . and also her brothers, the late Orval and Morton. As kids we always had such fun…very happy times. Jessie, you cam along later, and I am sorry I never really got to know you, but your sister sent many pictures of you and her together. She was also very proud that you were a great second grade teacher. She knew that I would appreciate that, having been a teacher myself..She use to helping you in the classroom

    ..Oh yes, Agnes always kept in touch every Christmas bringing me up to date about her family that she loved very much, and sharing with me memories and pictures of the Annabel Reunions and other family events. Memories will livin in our hearts forever. Love to all, Betty June

  3. Our hearts go out to all of you during this difficult time. Words cannot describe the amazing and loving person that Aunt Agnes was. Mark and I will never forget our trips to California; playing cards, going to the ocean and seeing the flowering fields in Carlsbad with Aunt Agnes & the rest of the CA family. She will remain in our hearts forever.

  4. Please accept my heartfelt condolences… I grew up in Whittier & attended St. Mary’s Catholic School with a Patrick Duffy in the 1970’s, and I wonder if the Patrick who lost his mom here is the same person — and I only impose because I lost my deeply beloved father yesterday 12/10/09, and his care is also being coordinated by O’Connor in Orange County as well… Please forgive my intrusion — I am so sorry for your immense loss, and can only offer that I can genuinely sympathize under the circumstances…
    With best wishes,
    Michelle Lacko Dash, Pharm.D.

  5. Sarah Tougas says:

    Dear Uncle Tommy and Family –
    Aunt Agnes was a wonderful lady and she will be remembered for her lovable personality. Take Care and God Bless. Love Richard & Sarah

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