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Agnes Rita Wilkinson Herbold
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Birth: Mar. 15, 1925
Death: Oct. 17, 2006
Arroyo Grande
San Luis Obispo County
California, USA

Agnes Rita Herbold
1925 - 2006

Agnes Rita Herbold, a native Californian, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 in Arroyo Grande, California. She was 81 years of age and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Roy Herbold, who passed away four months ago. She was the tenth of eleven children born to George and Rose Wilkinson. Raised in Los Angeles and Lynwood, Agnes led an active life. She enjoyed baseball and played on her high school team. Barely out of high school, she and Roy married in May, 1944. She was able to stay with him at Army camps in Texas and Louisiana until he was shipped to the European theater. During the Battle of the Bulge, she wrote to him to let him know they were expecting. He never got that letter, so he was a little concerned at first when subsequent letters kept mentioning a young man named Michael. After the war, Agnes and Roy moved to the new town of Lakewood, California and stayed in the same home for 40 years. She was a dedicated housewife and helped raise their four sons and a daughter while Roy worked on nearby Signal Hill. She was a volunteer in Cub Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts, and was involved in the activities at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Bellflower. She loved taking the kids for picnics to the beach or nearby parks. She and the children spent many lazy summer days at Knott's Berry Farm. After their children grew older, Agnes and Roy were able to spend more time alone with each other. In the 1970's and 1980's, they joined the Los Angeles Wheelmen, he as president and she as secretary. They rode their bicycles up and down the West Coast, often participating together in 100 mile and 200 mile events. Agnes always loved to read and encouraged her children to do the same. In 1979, she decided to go back to school. In 1981, at the age of 56, she earned an Associate in Arts degree from Cerritos College, and was number one in her field of studies, receiving the Academic Excellence Award in English. Roy and Agnes vacationed often over the years throughout Europe, traveling everywhere by bicycle for weeks at a time, staying in a different town or city every night. They loved the English countryside, especially since her parents were born in England. On one of their Southern California bicycle trips, they fell in love with the coastal village of Arroyo Grande, and they retired ther e in 1987. She was quickly involved as a volunteer with the Arroyo Grande Historical Society, as a Sunday school teacher at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and in the Newcomers Book Club. She and her green thumb loved to tinker in the garden. To know Agnes Herbold was to love her. She was a sweet woman who went out of her way to make others always feel comfortable. Once you were on her mailing list, you were destined to receive birthday cards and Christmas cards for life. The people at Hallmark will sorely m iss her. When Roy had a stroke in 2001, Agnes worked tirelessly to help him, always encouraging him to try to get stronger. Inspite of her small stature, she was a strong women. In 2004 she had a quadruple heart bypass. Within months, she was back helping her husband full time. Agnes leaves behind five children, Mike Herbold (Jana) of Lakewood, Nancy Swanson (Rich) of Laguna Niguel, Roy Herbold, Jr. (Janet) of Tustin, Rick Herbold (Mary) of La Palma, and Jerry Herbold (Ronda) of Central Point, Oregon. There are also 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her older sister, Betty Burns, 91, of Napa.She also leaves behind many friends and neighbors who were touched by her kindness. A memorial Mass will be held Friday, October 27, 2006 at St. Patrick's Church in Arroyo Grande at 10 am, with a reception to follow in the church hall. Please sign the guestbook at obituary page.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on 10/21/2006.
Created by: Bonita Olmer
Record added: Oct 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16327457

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