Agnes M. Lahti, 101

Agnes Lahti

WATERFORD — Agnes Marie Bancroft Lahti passed on peacefully Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. She would have celebrated her 102nd birthday on Nov. 12 and was the oldest living member of her sixth generation Waterford family.

Agnes was born in Waterford on Nov. 12, 1916, the daughter of the late Gladys Billings Bancroft and Guy “Moxie” Bancroft, both of Waterford. In 1936, Agnes married Arne W. Lahti, who predeceased her in 1966.

She was Waterford’s oldest citizen and has been the holder of the town’s Boston Cane for several years. She will be long remembered as one of the most beloved residents of Waterford, where she lived and enjoyed her extensive family, many friends and wonderful longtime neighbors and especially her home farm. She was passionate about and loved working, for hours every day, in her lovely country-style flower gardens. She was always eager to dig up and share her plants with any admirer that stopped by to visit her gardens. Her door was always open to all visitors from the young to the old, the rich, the poor, and expected or unexpected visitors were welcomed at any time, the coffee pot always on.

Agnes was predeceased by her brother-in-law and spouse; her four sisters, Alma Millett of Waterford, Velma Thompson of Wilton, Phyllis Bancroft of Arlington, Va. and a half-sister Thelma Merrill of Norway; her brothers, William “Bill” Bancroft of Albany Township and Guy Bancroft Jr. of Waterford; and two grandsons.

Agnes is survived by her four daughters, Linda Blackwell of Hartsville, SC, Patricia Hill of Norway Center for Health and Sweden, and spouse Robert Hill of Sweden, and Janet Truman of Waterford. She is also survived by her adoring six grandchildren; 14 loving great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; and favorite nephews and their spouses, plus several grandnieces, nephews and their children.

A memorial service will be held in November, time and date to be announced. Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main Street, South Paris.

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