April 26, 2019

Jeanne Agee of Northfield, MN passed away at Three Links Hospice Center in Northfield on April 26th after a brief illness. Her family was by her side. Jeanne was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1928, daughter of Ernest Wood and Bernice Sherer Wood. Early on she found a role for herself in the musical and then organizational life of the Bethany Christian Church where she became the first female deacon of that denomination.

She enjoyed a full life with her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, C. Philip Agee.

Her community spirit and sense of justice led to her work with the Nebraska League of Women Voters. Jeanne earned a Bachelor of Music in Education degree as a voice major. She was a life-long soloist and ensemble singer, student and teacher, conductor and mentor. Through music she strove to facilitate inclusion and promote the beauty and significance of culture in our lives.

From Nebraska, Jeanne and Phil moved to Washington, DC where she was active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax and lobbied the U.S. congress on behalf of the national League of Women Voters. She went on to head the Fairfax City Commission of the Arts, culminating in the honor of being the Grand Marshall of the Fairfax City 4th of July parade.

In 2009 Jeanne and Phil moved to Northfield, MN to be closer to family. She became an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northfield, the League of Women Voters of Northfield, and the Northfield Senior Chime Choir.

Jeanne touched the lives of many through music and her life-long volunteer work with the environmental movement and women's rights. She was willing to assume responsibility for causes she knew to be good for all. She was a good friend to many and had the special quality of making those around her see the best in themselves and their community. She believed in our mutual responsibility to each other and the natural world.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, C. Phillip Agee, and is survived by their two sons Allan Agee (Karen), of Webster, MN; and Michael Agee (Merry), of North Adams, MA; her sister Katherine Wood (Ralph Yehle), of Minneapolis, MN; and her brother Jack Wood (Sharon), of Omaha, NE.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nature Conservancy and International Planned Parenthood.

The family would like to thank the staff at Three Links Care Center in Northfield for their thoughtful and compassionate attention through a difficult time.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM, Sat. July 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northfield.

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