Services Scheduled For Agnes Sampson Sawyer

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Agnes Sampson Sawyer

   Agnes Sampson Sawyer, 93, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on August 4, 2019, and embarked on her next adventure on a Sunday morning, her favorite day of the week.
She was born Feb. 14, 1926, in Princeton, New Jersey to Prof. Edward Sampson, and Alfreda Cope Lewis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She grew up in Princeton, N.J.,  and spent her summers with her grandparents along the shore of Somes Sound, Northeast Harbor, Maine, a long-standing family tradition until the mid 1970’s when she and Don moved permanently to Southwest Harbor, Maine. She graduated from Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, in 1944, and during her college years she spent a summer in the hills of Kentucky as part of the Frontier Nursing Service, which was a formative experience for her.
She attended Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, graduating in 1948 with a degree in Sociology. That Fall, she married Donald Lunn Appleby Sawyer and together they had five children. She worked as a nursery school teacher and Certified Nurse’s Aide.
The Episcopal Church was always an important part of her life and she was a long-time and well-loved member of Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove. She spent many years involved with a Christian Healing ministry.
Aggie was always on the move, taking a brisk walk into town most days, hiking the mountains of Mount Desert Island, skiing, sailing, tennis, camping, or working in the vegetable garden; you could even find her sledding down the hill with her grandchildren.
She was a kind and loving soul with a generous spirit and she was happiest when she was helping and nurturing others. Aggie made all feel welcome, and loved to express this with an invitation to tea at her cherished home, “May Place.” The tea  would occasionally be accompanied by Uncle Frank’s Gingerbread, a recipe she held close. She loved having her family about her; dinner with extended family often contained animated discussions, or drawn out tales of colorful forbears. One of her common complaints was that family would continue to talk long after her bedtime, yet she couldn’t bear to leave and possibly miss a good story or shared laughter.
Dogs were another big love and were constant companions in her life. She will be so happy to see Ferdy and Jemima again and her childhood terrier, Cary, who was known to occasionally bite the mailman. He is recorded to have survived the encounter(s).
At the age of 90, her love of adventure was as strong as ever when she moved to Sitka. In her final years, as communication became difficult, those around her, and even those meeting her for the first time, could feel her love and gentle spirit expressed through her eyes.
Aggie is survived by her four daughters, Karen O’Brien and her husband, Bill, of Austin, Texas, Copey McEntee and her husband, Thomas, of Leesburg, Virginia, Mim McConnell and her husband, Mike, of Sitka, and Anna Letaw and her husband, Jim, of Woodbine, Maryland.; son, Lunn Sawyer and his wife, Denise, of Southwest Harbor; and 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Peter’s By-the-Sea Epsicopal Church, with a reception following at the See House. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to St. Peter’s Outreach Committee, P.O. Box 1130, Sitka, AK 99835.