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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Avys Rae Hagman, 97, of Fort Scott, Kan., formerly of Pittsburg, Kan., passed away at 2:15 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2009, at the Mercy Health Center, Fort Scott, Kan.

She was born on August 17, 1911, at Princeton, Texas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Taylor. She graduated from Boyd High School (now McKinney High School) in McKinney, Texas, in May of 1928.

She attended Kansas State Teacher's College (now Pittsburg State University) and graduated in 1932 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She taught school in Pittsburg for a few years.

In 1933 she was united in marriage to William R. Hagman. He preceded her in death on July 7, 1996. She resided in Pittsburg until moving to the Presbyterian Village at Fort Scott, Kan., on December 29, 1997.

Mrs. Hagman was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg, the Church Choir, a Circle Leader and Deacon. She also held membership in the P.E.O. Chapter CJ, The Mirza Nobelles, Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority at Pittsburg State University, where she served as President, the Pittsburg State University Alumni Association, where she was a past President. She was a former member of the Daughters of the Nile, Friday Study Club, Friday Dinner Club, Crestwood Country Club, Chancellors Club at the University of Kansas, The Williams Fund at the University of Kansas and a member of the Kansas Alumni Association at the University.

Mrs. Hagman is survived by two sons, William R. Hagman, Jr., of Naples Fla., and John R. Hagman of Overland Park, Kan., one daughter, Sharon R. Hagman Redmond of Las Vegas, Nev., one granddaughter, one step-granddaughter, four grandsons, two great grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, one son, Kenneth R. Hagman, one sister, and one brother.

Services for Mrs. Hagman will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 23 at the Brenner Mortuary Chapel with the Reverend K.O. Noonoo conducting the service. Burial will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at the funeral home. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the Brenner Mortuary, to sign the register book.

The family suggests memorials to The Presbyterian Church Choir and/or The Pittsburg State University Athletic Department and/or The University of Kansas Alumni Association. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, Kan. 66762.

Online condolences may also be left at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kan.