Agnes was born in Hickory Creek, Arkansas outside of Springdale on April 8, 1925. Her parents were Burl and Lela Sigmon, and she had two brothers, Theron and Donald. As a young girl, she attended a country school for eight years, then continued her education at Rogers High School. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Arkansas for a year. She then taught in a one-room school for a year in La Rue, Arkansas. Her early teaching career was interrupted by World War II. The War Department needed Civil Service workers, and Agnes moved to Washington, D.C. to work and aid in the war effort. While there, she stayed in a woman’s boarding house provided by the government.
While working in D.C, she met her future husband Warren Begley, who worked for Naval Research. They married at the close of the war on November 3, 1945, at the Mount Vernon Methodist Chapel in Maryland. Afterward, they honeymooned in Florida and then continued to Arkansas so that Warren could meet Agnes’s parents. Subsequently, they returned to Warren’s home in Compton, CA. There, they were blessed with two daughters, Patricia Anne and Judith Marie.
Agnes completed her Associates Degree at Compton College. In 1960, when the girls were older, she went back to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Cal State Northridge. After graduating, Agnes began teaching kindergarten and 1st grade at Balboa Elementary School in Northridge. She taught for 19 years but retired after Warren had bladder cancer. They retired to Lake Elsinore, CA in the house next door to where Warren’s parents had moved a couple of years earlier. They remodeled the small house in Elsinore and farmed what they called the Ranch. Agnes grew asparagus and won awards for her beautiful peonies. She also took up painting ceramics later in life and painted beautiful flowers of many kinds on plates, cups, and candy dishes.
Agnes was a cultured and elegant woman who loved and was beloved by her family and friends. All were welcome in her home. Agnes and Warren were active in the Methodist Church in Lake Elsinore after they retired and in the Gilbert United Methodist Church after they moved to AZ in 1998.
Her beloved husband of 72 years, Warren, passed away on Oct 17, 2018, a few weeks before their 73rd Anniversary. They were the couple that held hands and blew kisses to each other all day. Agnes is survived by her daughters, Patricia Hudgins, and Judith Zangri (Al), six grandchildren, Stephen Rains (Patty), Kathy Reiman, Randy Hudgins, Kimberly Yeatts (Josh), Karen Schneiter (Chad) and Travis Zangri (Anu), and 11 Great Grand Children, Joshua Reiman, Cody Reiman, Anne Reiman, Stephen Rains, Ruby Yeatts, Rilo Yeatts, Brendan Schneiter, Claire Schneiter, Elise Schneiter, Lara Zangri and Isaac Zangri.
She was a blessing to all who knew her, and she will be dearly missed.