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Gwendolyn C. Egan

Home: Van Etten, New York
Date of Death: March 18, 2018
Age: 91
Birthplace: Elmira, New York
Birthdate: February 28, 1927
Service Date: March 31, 2018   11:00 a.m.
Service Place: Emmanuel Episcopal Church

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Gwendolyn C. Egan

Gwendolyn Courlis Egan, age 91, died Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Arnot-Ogden Hospital. 

She was born in Elmira on Feb. 28, 1927, the only daughter of Charles LeRoy Egan and Adrea Gwendolyn Courlis Egan. 

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by favorite cousins Betty Jane Loomis, Marie BeGell, Betty Zuparo and Arthur Wetmore.  She is survived by the BeGell daughters: Jan Wolff (Buffalo), Nancy Smith (Corning) and Priscilla McLane (New Jersey) along with their dad Dick BeGell (Corning) for whom she had great affection; Fukiko (Joyce) Wetmore and her family in Florida; her care-givers Tom Cortright and John Schanbacher; and numerous other friends from many walks of life. 

Her unfailing sense of humor and gracious spirit endeared her to all who got to know her.

Gwen was a graduate of Elmira College and a longtime employee of Kennedy Valve with more than 45 years of service, retiring from the position of Credit and Collections Manager where she was often affectionately referred to as the "Dragon Lady". For the past several years Gwen resided at the Kimball Personal Care Home in Lowman where she was given the compassionate care and safety net she needed as dementia slowly took over her life.

Gwen was the oldest living communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 380 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira and was able to attend services there quite regularly until a week before her death.  Friends and family are invited to her funeral service and time of remembrance at the church on Saturday, March 31st at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Robert F. Adkins, Jr. officiating.  A luncheon for all will immediately follow in the parish hall.

Gwen was a great animal lover whose favorite question to people was "What do you have at home with four legs?"  She was always interested in the pets people had and was especially fond of cats. "It's all in knowing how to pet" she would say.

Memorial donations in Gwen's name may be made to Paradise Garden Cat Rescue in Woodhull, NY, the Chemung County Humane Society, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Youth and Community Fund or to a charity of one's choice.

Please heed the advice that Gwen often gave to people who visited her upon their departure: "Drive like nobody else knows how."

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