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Virginia Moody Hagan
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Birth: Apr. 10, 1913
Temple
Bell County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 2, 2010
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA

Virginia Moody Hagan
Born in Temple, TX on Apr. 10, 1913
Departed on Jan. 2, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.

Visitation: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010
Rosary: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery

Virginia Moody Hagan, writer, musician and teacher, age 96, died peacefully in her sleep on January 2, 2010 at Seton Hospital in Austin.

Mrs. Hagan was born April 10, 1913 in Temple to Garland L. and Beatrice Hagenlocher Moody. She attended Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana schools. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Music from the University of Texas in Austin and completed coursework there for a Masters in English. She also studied music at Louisiana State University. She lived in Dallas from the 1930s until her marriage in 1942, and from 1942-1979 lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, Coral Gables, Florida and Bethesda, Maryland. She has lived in Austin since her husband's retirement in 1979.
While teaching in the Dallas demonstration school, Mrs. Hagan wrote the lyrics to "Dallas Today," the Dallas Centennial Hymn, which was performed by schoolchildren citywide and on national radio. She was a gifted pianist and composer.

Mrs. Hagan won national awards in poetry and journalism. Her poetry and feature articles were published in many magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Modern Bride, and Think, and many newspapers, including the Washington Post, Washington Evening Star, Dallas Morning News, and Dallas Times Herald. Her poetry was reprinted in Hallmark and other books and magazines. Her Easter story, "Pufftail and the Rainbow," originally published in Canada, was translated and appeared in Luxembourg's Red Cross Magazine. A sonnet published in Holy Name Journal was read by Thomas Merton and displayed by the Superior General in Trappist, Kentucky.

Mrs. Hagan was named Poet Laureate of the Bell County Federation of Women's Clubs in 1938. She twice won the McDougal Cup in Miami, Florida. She was Creative Arts Chairman of the American Association of University Women and State Secretary of the Poetry Society of Texas. She was a member of the Dallas Woman's Club, Miami Pen Women, the National League of American Pen Women, the Poetry Society of Colorado, and the Poetry Society of Texas.

Since 1941, she has been a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic and educational organization, most recently Chapter AZ Austin. While at UT Austin she was president of the Newman Club.

Mrs. Hagan acted in amateur theater. She was a substitute teacher in private schools and a math, remedial reading, and college preparatory tutor. She was a boy scout den mother, volunteered at schools, and shared her poetry and musical talents at retirement homes. In 2008-2009, Mrs. Hagan did poetry readings at Hill Elementary and was elected to the resident council at Brighton Gardens.

Survivors include son Michael Garland Hagan and his wife Maureen of Keller, Texas, daughter Virginia Margaret Hagan of White Plains, New York, and daughter Elizabeth Hagan Drews and her husband Jack of Austin; six grandchildren, Christopher, Jeanne, Thomas, James, Matthew and Katie; and two great-grandchildren, Nathan Christopher and Noelle. Mrs. Hagan was preceded in death by her loving husband of more than 61 years, Thomas William Hagan, Sr., her son Thomas William Hagan, Jr., and her only sibling, her brother Garland, who died in early childhood.

Mrs. Hagan was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. She was a devout Catholic all her life who also cherished her Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran family roots. She once said "I tossed a pebble into the pond. I pray its circles reach out to all of the dear people who thirst for love."

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to Brighton Gardens, Seton Hospital, and Saint Louis and Saint Theresa Catholic Churches for their years of loving care to Mrs. Hagan.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 P.M. on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 with recitation of the Rosary at 7 P.M. at Weed-Corley-Fish at 3125 North Lamar. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Louis Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road at 11 A.M. January 6, 2010. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, 3650 South IH 35. If desired, a donation may be made in Mrs. Hagan's name to St. Louis Catholic Church.

 
 
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  Thomas William Hagan (1913 - 2004)
 
Burial:
Assumption Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 16, 2010
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- Darlene T.
 Added: Apr. 23, 2010
Thinking of and remembering a very special Angel today....
- Eddieb
 Added: Mar. 16, 2010
God bless you and your family...
- Eddieb
 Added: Feb. 17, 2010
 
 
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