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Eugenia Morrow Agee Ward

September 19, 1941 — March 21, 2024

Daniel Island

Eugenia Morrow Agee Ward

Eugenia Morrow Agee Ward, 82, passed away on March 21, 2024, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Eugenia, who went by “Nini” throughout her life, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 19, 1941, the second of two children of Christine Emily Morrow Agee and Walter Claybrook Agee Jr. She attended Brooke Hill School in Birmingham.

Nini is preceded in death by her brother, Edmund Rucker “Teddy” Agee.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, John; her sons, Logan (Heather) Ward of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Bill (Michelle) Ward of Charleston; her beloved grandchildren Luther, Eliot, Daniel and Olivia; her niece Ginny Agee Speirs and her family; her nephew Rucker Agee; and many dear friends and extended family. 

Nini spent two years studying at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She met John at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital, where she was a volunteer “candy-striper,” and he was a medical resident. They raised their family in South Carolina, first in Lancaster and then Columbia, where they were part of a fun and loving group of friends. She enjoyed playing tennis, painting, reading, gardening, interior decorating and traveling. 

Nini was a lifelong lover of fine arts and a talented artist. Determined to complete her undergraduate degree, she enrolled at the University of South Carolina once her boys were grown. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in art history, an accomplishment that gave her and her family great pride. Later, she took painting classes with Reuben Gambrell, a former New Deal muralist and art educator. Nini was a founding member, along with several other Gambrell acolytes, of Columbia’s Viridian Studio and Gallery, where she spent many happy hours painting alongside friends. 

Nini was a parish member at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, where she volunteered on the Altar Guild and the annual Trinity Bazaar.

A funeral service will be held April 20, 11:00 am, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia.

Those who wish to make a gift in Nini’s memory are encouraged to contribute to the ’Alzheimers Association <https://www.alz.org/&gt; or the Columbia Museum of Art <https://www.columbiamuseum.org/&gt;.


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