Agnes Barber Peterson passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 12 days shy of her 102 years old.
Born May 22, 1915, in Clemons, N.Y., Town of Dresden, she was the daughter of the late Royden and Eunice (Wilson) Barber.
She was a member of the Washington County Historical Society in Fort Edward, N.Y. She was also a member of the Fort Edward Historical Association, Friends of Huletts Landing, The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 83 in Whitehall, N.Y., for 70 years, William Brewster Society, Plymouth, Mass., Charter Member of the National Museum of American Indian, Washington D.C., Town of Dresden Historian for 33 and one-half years.
She was an artist of over 75 oil paintings of area scenes and local portraits. She had an art exhibit in 2006 at Huletts Landing and arranged by Lucy White of Bluff Head, Huletts Landing, N.Y. She was an author of seven years of monthly "Our History" articles written for the Dresden Baptist Church newsletter. She had the "Wilson Collection" of a three volume series of ancestral family letters from the Civil War to 1920.
She also had the Peterson Collection of news clippings of Dresden interest, genealogy papers and various history articles. She wrote "Life and Times of George Olney Peterson", a short biography in 2007.
Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting, quilting, painting, travel, gardening and writing. She was a longtime volunteer for the Washington County Historical Society; Agnes received the James R. Cronkhite Award for outstanding dedication in preserving and promoting the historical heritage of Washington County, N.Y., in 2003, the President's Award for "her dedicated and selfish services" for getting the library organized and opened in 2002 and the Historian's Award by Dresden Community Church in 2007.
Agnes traveled throughout the United States and Canada, England, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Hawaii. Agnes enjoyed 15 winters in warmer Florida with her husband George.
In addition to her parents, Agnes was predeceased by her husband George O. Peterson, infant daughter, Ruth Zoe Peterson and her sister, Frances Barber Hebert.
Survivors include her son, Albert Donald Peterson and his wife Joan of Whitehall, N.Y., grandchildren, Mark R. Peterson of Rocky Mount, N.C., Debra Peterson Smith and fiance Craig Corey of Granville, N.Y., and Glenn M. Peterson of Whitehall, N,Y,; her great-grandchildren, Justin R. Charpentier and wife Shana of Salt Point, N.Y., Jeromy M. Smith and fiancee Ashley Bennett of Granville, N.Y., and Joshua T. Smith of Glens Falls, N.Y., Lynnae Peterson and fiance Mike Failla of Flanders, N.J., Kristen Peterson Moore and husband Ashton of Charlotte, S.C., and Jessica Peterson of Franklin Lakes, N.J., Devin Peterson and Paxton Peterson of Whitehall, N.Y., great-great-grandchildren, Hunter T. Charpentier, Ryder J. Charpentier, Hayden T. Smith, Amaya and Wesley Glinka and Josie Charpentier, her brother Stanley R. Barber of Crown Point, N.Y., and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the Clemons Cemetery in Clemons, N.Y.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jillson Funeral Home Inc. 46 Williams Street, Whitehall, NY 12887.
Online condolences may be made at www.jillsonfuneralhome.com
Published on May 12, 2017