|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1918|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 2006|
IDA JEANNE ABRAHAM, 88, of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at Washington County Hospital.
Born June 10, 1918 in Columbus, OH, she was the daughter of Grace Carson Dagger and Golden N. Dagger.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stuart Broadus Abraham, and her brother, William Carson Dagger.
She graduated from Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Virginia, in 1935 and received a B.A. degree in philosophy with a minor in geology from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, in 1939.
She worked in admissions at Denison University following graduation and also served as Director of Admission for the Washington School for Secretaries, Washington, D.C.
She married Stuart Abraham in 1946 at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
In 1950, the Abrahams moved to Hagerstown.
From 1958 to 1983, she served as an officer, with several of her children, of Antietam Equipment Corporation, which was founded by her husband.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Norman Miller and husband Richard Miller, of Oberlin, Ohio, and by her children: Lois A. Heefner and Daniel Crump, of Aurora, Colorado; Lawrence D. Abraham and Dorothy D. Lambdin of Austin, Texas; Neal B. Abraham and Donna L. Wiley of
Greencastle, Indiana; Austin S. Abraham and Kathleen A. Maher of Hagerstown, Maryland; Wickliffe C. Abraham and Philippa Youard of Dunedin, New Zealand; Joyce B. Abraham of Adairsville, Georgia; and Roger G. Abraham of Hagerstown, Maryland. She is also survived by
grandchildren Amy and James Taylor of West Lafayette, Indiana; Andrew and Rebecca Lambdin-Abraham of Austin, Texas; and Rhys, Ryan and Benjamin Abraham of Dunedin, New Zealand; by two great-grandchildren, Wesley and William Taylor of West Lafayette, Indiana; and by many cousins, nieces and nephews dispersed far and wide.
Her enthusiasm for genealogy, history, and music were infectious, and helped to shape the interests of her children and grandchildren throughout their lives. Her interest in local history sparked her exploration of the story of the family's Hagerstown home, Antietam Hall,
which was built in Bridgeport, MD, in the eighteenth century and restored by the Abraham family after they purchased it in 1954. Her investigations led to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. She was a key advocate for beginning the string music instructional program in the Washington County schools in the 1950s, and for decades she welcomed to Antietam Hall and Washington County international visitors, who came to study the schools' closed circuit television initiatives and to explore life and education in the U.S. through the Experiment in International Living, American Field Service, and other programs.
She was a long-time member of the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown and an active member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamsport, Maryland, at the time of her death.
Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Minnich Funeral Home on 415 E. Wilson Blvd.
A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamsport, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2006.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740, in support of the Abraham Memorial Fund for the Western Maryland Room.
Source : The Minnich Funeral Home - Hagerstown, Washington Co., Maryland - December 2006
Golden Norman Dagger (1887 - 1961)
Grace Ida Carson Dagger (1889 - 1980)
Stuart Broadus Abraham (1916 - 2003)*
Cedar Lawn Memorial Park
Created by: Melvin L. Halterman
Record added: Mar 15, 2012
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