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 Agnes Martin <I>Hunter</I> Brittingham

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Agnes Martin Hunter Brittingham

  • Birth 14 Oct 1910 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 2 Dec 1985 Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 101092355

Although she was born in Atlanta, Georgia, Agnes Martin Hunter's family moved to the newly planned community of Hilton Village in Warwick County, Virginia during World
War I.

Agnes attended the new Hilton Elementary and graduated from Morrison (later Warwick) High School in 1928. Next, she trained at the Elizabeth Buxton Hospital School of Nursing in Newport News becoming a "Scrub" (Operating Room) nurse at that hospital.

At Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, on April 24, 1934, Agnes married Oscar Jerome "Jerry" Brittingham, Jr. on his parents' 39th wedding anniversary. They had 6 children (?3 daughters & 3 sons):

- Agnes Martin "Marty" Brittingham (1935-2009)
- Oscar Jerome "Jerry" Brittingham III (1938-2014)
- Son (Living 2016)
- Son (Living 2016)
- Susan (Brittingham) Saunders (1948-2010)
- (Pre-born infant) Brittingham (c1951)

Until their 2nd child (later referred to as "No. 1 son") was born, she continued as a "Scrub" nurse. At that time, they moved to the new neighborhood of Brandon Heights, which is adjacent to Hilton Village.

They lived in Brandon Heights, on Shirley Road, until their deaths in 1985. During that time, she was Head of the Altar Guild at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church and a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). She was the Regent of the Newport News Chapter, 1965-1968. Col. John Carlyle of Alexandria, Virginia is her Patriot Ancestor.

Two of her preferred pastimes were sewing and baking. “Sewing” is not a proper description, though, since she was a seamstress and tailor par excellence. In her list of accomplishments were ladies’ suits with matching hats, long brocade evening dress with matching jacket, mens’ sport coats, christening dresses, smocked dresses, on and on! A few of her family-and-crowd-pleasing baked goodies were white fruit cake, coconut cake, and lemon meringue pie.

A colorful saying of hers: "Happy as a clam at high tide."

~ Bio compiled by her first daughter-in-law (Contributor #48536925) and Meredith Drew Trawick (Contributor #46908319)



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  • Maintained by: Happy Heart
  • Originally Created by: Steve Centner
  • Added: 21 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101092355
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Agnes Martin Hunter Brittingham (14 Oct 1910–2 Dec 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101092355, citing Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Happy Heart (contributor 48536925) .