Shirley Ray Agar (Viles), 86, passed away at her home in Colville on Jan. 27, 2013. She is survived by her four children, Debbie Egger (Max) Colville; Bruce Agar (Mary) of Thermopolis, WY; Matt Agar (Debbie) of Ontario, OR, and Muriel Badgley of Spokane, as well as 13 grandchildren, 17 plus great grandchildren, one sister, Nancy Sanders and numerous nieces and nephews.
Shirley was the third of four children born to Fred and Muriel Viles on April 4, 1926 in Great Falls, MT. In 1949, Shirley married Roy Agar and settled down to farming and ranching in Williams Valley area just outside of Deer Park. Shirley worked hard on the ranch, driving tractor, bailing hay, feeding the crew and raising four children. In Shirley’s spare time, she belonged to various community organizations, but her true passion was singing. She sang for her local church, including weddings and funerals.
In 1978, Shirley and Roy sold the ranch in Williams Valley and moved to Huntington, Oregon where they purchased a ranch. Shirley worked side-by-side with Roy and her sons building Durbin Creek Ranch.
In 1996, Shirley and Roy retired and moved to Colville to be closer to their daughters, Debbie Egger and Muriel Badgley.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Roy; her sister Marcella Grady; her brother Gordon Viles, and one great-grandchild Peyton Joy Egger.
Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her beautiful voice and zest for life will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by everyone she touched. Shirley’s legacy will live on in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for Shirley on March 16 at the Open Door Congregational Church in Deer park at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Open Door Congregational Church in Shirley’s name.