God plucked from his earthly garden of born-again believers a delicate, beautiful rose named Agnes W. Fickett, and carried her unto his bosom to live eternally with him in Heaven on Friday, July 8, 2016, at 6:15p.m. Agnes passed away peacefully with all family members at her bedside at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine. God blessed Agnes with a remarkable 95 years of productive life.
Agnes was born in Disburg, Germany, in 1921, and immigrated at age two with her family to the Haute Marne region of Northeastern France. Agnes was the youngest of eight children. After completing her education, Agnes worked as a sales clerk and bookkeeper in one of her hometown's bake shops where she sold fresh bread and weighed and packaged flour for area patrons.
Shortly after World War II ended in the European Theater, Agnes joined the ranks of hundreds of young, courageous war brides. Agnes met, fell in love with and married her husband, Drew Fickett, in her hometown in June 1945. Shortly thereafter, Drew returned to the United States to complete his military obligations as a sergeant and veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. In April 1946, Agnes began her new life in America. Agnes and Drew settled and built their home in Cherryfield, Maine, where they raised their two sons, Michael and Craig. Knowing absolutely no English, Agnes taught herself to speak, read and write fluent English by reading the Bangor Daily News weekend comic strips, various national magazines and numerous recipe books.
Agnes possessed an authentic "green thumb." Her outdoor and indoor flower, and vegetable gardens and plants were her pride and joy and sources of personal solace and strength during her times of hardship, sorrow and stress. Agnes' perseverance, mental, physical and spiritual strength, under some of life's most adverse circumstances were the hallmarks of her remarkable life for her family.
Galatians 6:9-10 aptly describes Agnes W. Fickett to a tee: "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
The Apostle John (Chapter 11) wrote of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who were mourning the death of Lazarus, their brother. Now imagine, if you will, these two women being fashioned into just one person - Agnes W. Fickett would be that person - "a Martha with a Mary Heart ."
In 2012 Agnes earned a unique Fickett family distinction by becoming the matriarch as the very last generational survivor of the Fickett clan. In May 2016, she also became an honored recipient of Cherryfield Historical Society's Boston Post Cane Award as the town's longest living resident.
Agnes is survived by her two sons, Michael and Craig and his wife, Brenda Willey, and their two daughters, Jessica and Stephanie.
A public celebration of Agnes' life will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the First Baptist Church of Harrington with Pastors Sean Cowland and Gregory R. Hewitt officiating. Committal services will follow at the family's lot at Rock Maple Cemetery in Harrington. Arrangements are provided by McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Fickett family at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.