1921 – 2011
Agnes passed away peacefully Thursday May 26 at Talarico Place.
Agnes was predeceased by her husband Loyd, daughter Carol, brothers Jim and Russell Deans, and sister Beth.
She is survived and will be missed by her son Wayne (Sandy) Groutage, son-in-law Ross Edgett of Comox, grandchildren Brian Groutage, Kevin (Tanya) Groutage, and Tara (Mark) Smith, great granddaughter Alyson Groutage, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to all of the nurses and staff at Talarico Place, and Doctor Lesperance and for the wonderful care, kindness, and comfort they gave to our mother. Our thanks also to Agnes’s niece Lorraine Deans for all of her support and help, and to the staff at Castlewood Village for making her stay there so nice.
Agnes was born in Kilwinning Scotland and moved to Trail with her parents when she was 4. After graduation from high school she attended business school. At that time, she met and married her husband Loyd, and they soon moved to Uclulet where Loyd was stationed in the Air Force. At war’s end, they moved back to Trail and then to Castlegar in 1947.
When Wayne and Carol started school, Agnes went to work. She was the Assistant Post Master in Castlegar, and then put her business training to use, working for Accountants Frank Kohar and Brian Brown. After her retirement, she continued to work from home, doing bookkeeping for several local businesses.
Agnes and husband Loyd were very involved in the community- as founding members of the Castlegar Savings Credit Union, as cub and scout masters (Agnes was Canada’s first woman assistant scout master), and as members of the West Kootenay Naturalists Club.
The family will schedule a graveside service this summer for family and Agnes’s friends.