Agnes E. Peters, 95, of Rome and formerly of North Bellmore and Westbury, NY, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Bethany Gardens surrounded by her loving family. Born December 25, 1922 in North Bellmore, NY, she is preleased by her parents, Marcellus T. and Ann Vera (O'Sullivan) Cooke of North Bellmore, NY; and her late husband Leroy C. Peters of Westbury, NY.
Agnes attended North Bellmore Public Schools, Adelphi College and Nassau Community College. She worked for Western Union (Postal Telegram) assisting with the war time effort in monitoring telegrams to and from overseas during World War II. Agnes also worked as assisting with the war time effort in monitoring telegrams to and from overseas during World War II. Agnes also worked as a certification clerk for the Federal Government in NYC until the end of the war. Agnes was later employed by Montgomery Ward's and subsequently the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, which she retired from 1978. As a champion of the elderly, Agnes joined the Westbury Senior Citizens Center to assume an advocacy role with the Empower, Assist and Care Network. She served in capacities as a volunteer working with Alzheimer patients, chairperson of the telephone reassurance group and a member of the choral group.
Agnes also loved knitting, crafts and spending time with the family. Agnes was a lifelong member of the St. Francis Episcopal Church in North Bellmore, where she proudly served as choir member. The ultimate joy for Agnes was helping and giving to others. She always offered to help those in need and found joy in doing so.
Agnes is survived by two children, Donald W. Stridiron (Peggy) of Rome, NY, Edward P. Stridiron of Rome. Agnes' last few years were made so much better by the special care given to her by her daughter-in-law Peggy, and she said Peggy was the best daughter anyone could have and considered Peggy her own daughter.
Agnes is also survived by four grandchildren, Michael, Troy, Monica and Angel; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased in death by two sisters, Anna Vera Cooke Young, Mary Jane Cooke; two brothers, Marcellus Taliaferro Cooke Jr. and Edward Philip Cooke; and a special grandson, David M. Stridiron.
Agnes' family would like to thank Dr. J. Amidon and the staff at Bethany Gardens and hospice staff, for their special care and comfort given to our mother and family during this time.
In keeping with Agnes' wishes, there are no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in the spring.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome.