On Thursday, June 28, Mary Agnes Haaser, loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 87 years.
Mary Agnes will be remembered by her husband of 60 years, Stephen Gibson Haaser; sister, Hilda McGowan, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; brother, Philip Gardiner, Waldorf, Md.; her children, Mary Evelyn Morris, Mount Vernon, Harry S. Haaser, Incline Village, Nevada, and Kathleen H. Boling, Alexandria. She has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Terence H. Morris (Angela) children Allyson and Savannah, Louisville, Ky., Cory H. Morris, son Cyle, Richmond, Va., Casey H. Morris (Carrie) son Cade, Sacramento, Calif., Rebecca M. Oestreich (Chris) son Christopher, Incline Village, Nevada, Stephan D. Haaser, Incline Village, Nevada, Jonathan M. Boling, Cary, N.C., Todd A. Boling, Wilmington, N.C., Michelle C. Boling, Chapel Hill, N.C. Mary Agnes will be remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends.
She was born on Aug. 19, 1919 in Waldorf, Md., the 11th child of Edwin M. and Idalia Gardiner. She graduated from Sacred Heart in La Plata, Md. and moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the Civil Service Commission during WW II. She married Stephen G. Haaser on April 5, 1947 at St. Thomas the Apostle, Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Moving to Alexandria in 1950, she raised her family in the Huntington and Mt. Vernon areas of Virginia. She was a talented seamstress and had a passion for flower gardening. In recent years, her favorite past time was bird watching from the deck of her home in Mt. Vernon. She is one of the founding members of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Mt. Vernon, and was a devout servant of our Lord as a faithful Roman Catholic.
A visitation service with the Praying of the Rosary was held on Tuesday, July 10 at Demaine’s Funeral Home in Old Town Alexandria. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Mary Agnes on Aug. 7, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Mt. Vernon, with Father Charles McCort presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Mary Agnes may be made to Hospice of one’s choice.