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Elizabeth "Beth" Agnew

February 20, 1941 — February 9, 2016

Tuesday evening, February 9, 2016, God called his daughter, Beth Agnew, to her eternal home with Him in Heaven.

Beth was born February 20, 1941, in Columbus, OH, to Salvation Army officer parents, Walter Sharp and Evangeline Ruth (Garland) Cruickshanks. Due to her parents' ministry, Beth spent her growing up years in many communities, including Worchester, MA, and various parts of the New York City, NY, area. As an adult she lived in Syracuse, NY, Philadelphia and Clifton Heights, PA, Dugway Proving Grounds, UT, and Fargo, ND.

At the age of thirteen, Beth accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. He was to be the first love of her life. Around that time, she met the one who was to be the second love of her life, Robert Fletcher Agnew, who she married on August 29, 1959. They were life partners for the next 56½ years until her home going this week. To their marriage were added five daughters through birth and adoption, as well as additional daughters and sons through foster care.
Beth is survived by her husband, Robert Agnew, Fargo; a sister, Helen Neff of Maryland; daughters, Susan Jo (Paul) Marshall, Moorhead, MN, Deborah Lee Agnew, Fargo, Pamela Lucie (Hugo) Boj-Rivas, West Fargo, ND, Karen Elizabeth (Bob) Marshall, Brooklyn Park, MN, Patricia Haberstroh, Euless, TX, Rebecca Lynn (Mike) Erbes, West Fargo, and Heather Joy (Bobby) Craig, Lumberton, NC; honorary daughter, Doris White, Chicago, IL; foster sons, Gaillin Bergstrom, Detroit Lakes, MN, Steven Barnes, James Kemmer, Minneapolis, MN, and Eduardo Andino Posas, Boca Raton, FL; honorary son, Angel Wilfredo Argueta; grandchildren, Matthew (Jenn) Flink, Christopher Marshall Jackson, Luke (Dana) Flink, PJ Marshall, Andrew Fletcher Jackson, Stephany Haberstroh, Jasmine White, Jamal Jackson, Justin (Sheylin) Marshall, Stacy Haberstroh, Daniel Marshall, Erin Marshall, Gabrielle Erbes, Audrey Kemmer, Genesis Andino, Evangeline Ruth Craig, Eliza Craig and Melody Craig; many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many other children who passed through her home as short-term foster children or through her life.

Beth was script writer and assistant producer of the "It's Academic" television show in the Philadelphia area, the caseworker for The Salvation Army in Fargo for many years, served on the Youth for Christ Board, and was state representative for North Dakotans for a Drug Free Youth. She was named Fargo-Moorhead Woman of the Year in 1979, helped coordinate the early childhood pre-school vision and hearing program, and coordinated The Salvation Army's jail toy-lift ministry in Fargo for 28 years. Beth was an active member of the Edgewood United Methodist Church congregation for over twenty years, served as a lay speaker for Dakotas Conference of the UMC, was missions chair for the Dakotas Conference of the UMC, was human concerns chair for Edgewood United Methodist, led various youth programs and faithfully taught Sunday School.

For the past five years she has been a resident of Rosewood on Broadway Care Center. Her family would like to thank the staff of Rosewood for their loving care. Donations may be made in her memory to the United Methodist World Missions, The Salvation Army, or Gideons International.

Visitation for Mrs. Agnew is Sunday, 3 PM until 5 PM, in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead. Funeral service is Monday, February 15, 2016, at 2:30 PM in The Salvation Army Worship Center, Fargo.


FEB 14. 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CT)

Korsmo Funeral Chapel

409 8th St. S.

Moorhead, MN 56560

Funeral Service

FEB 15. 2:30 PM (CT)

Salvation Army Church

304 North Roberts Streeet

Fargo, ND 58102

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