Condolence & Memory Journal

Mrs. Agard was a teacher to my two sons at Terrace Elementary. Also, she was our neighbor. The boys enjoyed Mrs. Agard's classes. She always smiles I won't forget her. I m sorry for your loss loved. God bless you, the family. RIP, Mrs. Agard.
Stephanie & Danny Lyons

Posted by Stephanie and Danny Lyons - Ankeny, IA - Teacher   December 29, 2020

Lorna was a great teacher—part of that Terrace 2nd Grade team. She was a wonderful caring person at school and at her church. Don, may the love of friends and family carry you through this sad time.
Sue Olson

Posted by Sue Olson - Friend   December 20, 2020

Mrs Agard was my son Alex 2nd grade teacher at Terrace Elementary. She was an exceptional teacher, it was a very special year for him. May she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Kimberly Ashmore - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 18, 2020

I remember Lorna from Woodston, Kansas where we in the same grade 1 through 10. Before either of us could drive. I remember the MURPHY and Painter grocery store It was in a two story brick building on the south side of main street. We, our class, Were in grade school in a tall, brick building south and west of "downtown"

Posted by Robert Yoxall - Fort Collins, CO - Classmate   December 17, 2020

Lorna always had a smile on her face and kind words of encouragement. She was part of a teaching team that truly made learning fun for kids. I will always be grateful that my children, Andrew and Heidi, had the opportunity to cross paths in this journey of life with such a positive role model during their elementary years at Terrace.

Posted by Josie Floerchinger - Friend   December 17, 2020

So sorry to hear of Lorna's passing. She was a wonderful teacher and so kind to each and every child. My daughter Angela loved her class.

Posted by Debbie Jetmund (Hidder) - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 16, 2020

Don & family. I have wonderful memories of Lorna from Terrace when Dave was her principal. We had lots of fun times at our social events!
I am so sorry to read of her struggles these past 5 years, & know how heartbreaking that was for all her family. My thoughts & prayers are with you, especially at this Xmas time. Julie (Turner) Kaschmitter

Posted by Julie Turner Kaschmitter - West DesMoines, IA - Friend   December 16, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Lorna’s passing. I only knew her from visiting my mother, who also just recently passed, at Trinity Center. I loved seeing her there. She seemed like such a sweet, gentle soul and although we never verbally communicated I felt a bond with her. She would come over to where we were and sit with us. My condolences goes out to Lorna’s family.

Posted by Cheryl Allen    December 16, 2020

I'm the eldest daughter of Wilma, Lorna's older sister. As children my siblings and I loved the holidays and birthdays when Aunt Lorna would visit. She was so beautiful and even then had a gift with kids. She never failed to delight us ;reading our favorite stories, complete with different voices for each character and sound effects! Her gifts were often hand crafted and one of a kind. Her christmas packages were always the prettiest of all. Sadly she and both of her siblings suffered too long at the end. It is some comfort to think of them together now, all happy and at their best. Best wishes to all for a better New Year.

Posted by charlotte sherman - paducah, KY - Family   December 16, 2020

Don. I'm so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers with you and your family.
Kevin/Janet Tracy

Posted by Kevin Tracy - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 16, 2020

Many great memories from Lorna and the 2nd grade team at Terrace Elementary. Prayers to Don and the entire family.

Posted by Denny Warren    December 15, 2020

I had the pleasure of teaching in the same pod with Lorna at Terrace Elementary from 2001 until she retired. Lorna was so fun to work with and loved teaching the students. She cared about everyone! You can tell that she left a lasting impression on many people's lifes. My thoughts and prayers to Don and the family.

Posted by Trisha Romig - ALTOONA, IA - Friend   December 15, 2020

Don and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Scott and Kathy Osborn - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 15, 2020

Don and family, I'm so deeply sorry for your loss of dear Lorna! She was so sweet to everyone and a kind and caring teacher. Peace be with you.

Posted by Joyce (Green). Doubleday - Lake Havasu City, AZ - Friend   December 15, 2020

We want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers. Lorna was a great teacher, mom, and person. She will be remembered with pleasant memories always.

Posted by Dennis & Marcia Albertson - Ankeny, IA - Family   December 15, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Lorna at Terrace Elementary for nine years of my teaching career in Art. She always had a smile on her face and a positive outlook on every situation. Lorna adored her profession and the children in her classroom. She will always be remembered as a beloved member of the Terrace faculty.

Posted by Lois and Steve Lamansky - Ankeny, IA - Coworker   December 15, 2020

I am a second cousin to Lorna. Grew up knowing her through our family gatherings. For those on Facebook there are some wonderful comments on the site "Remembering Woodston". Lorna was the youngest "Cook cousin girls". She had the best personality and was wonderful to visit with. I went to Hutchinson Junior College when she taught in Hutchinson schools. We would ride back home on the weekends when timing was right. She had a great laugh and wonderful smile. She would call my mother Dorothy and visit with her on several occasion throughout the year checking on family and what was happening back home. Great memories of her and her family. So thankful that Don got her back to my mothers 90th birthday party in 2016. If times were different we would love to be at the service. Peace be with the family.

Posted by Jim & Sherry DIBBLE - Hays, KS - Family   December 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of Lorna's passing, although we know that she has suffered for many years and is finally at peace. Lorna and I were birthday twins and enjoyed teasing each other every April 18. My great niece, Ruby Terrell, always spoke of what a great, caring teacher Lorna was. Lorna was a fun and very involved person at church, and was dearly missed these last few years. Prayers for you, Don and boys. Rest In Peace, Lorna.

Posted by Pam Slippy - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 15, 2020

I thank God for Mrs. Agard! She was one of the teachers I have the most memories of as a student at Terrace. I remember once approaching her desk and accidentally calling her "mom" to get her attention. I was so embarrassed but she was so kind :) I remember her gentle way about her and how she kept this cool tank of swimming frogs near the front of the class. Everyone loved her.

She had such a strong impact on me as a young growing girl and her leadership has blessed me and I know countless others. I pray that she is now at peace and in glory with Jesus. She was so loved and will be missed by so many!

Posted by Alex Connelly (Flatness) - BLOOMINGTON, MN - Student   December 15, 2020


One of the few teachers that I remember to this day, I'm sad to hear of her passing, I send prayers to her family in this time. Mrs. Agard thank you for everything you taught me.

Posted by Bradley Baxter - Ankeny, IA - student   December 15, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Lorna!! She was one of my favorite teachers at Terrace. She also was a great neighbor where I grew up on School Street. I also had the privilege of babysitting the boys when they were young! Amazing lady and family! I am so sorry.

Posted by Terry Lust- Anselme - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 14, 2020

Don and Family - sending our sincere condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike & Julie

Posted by Mike Mullins - Ankeny, IA - Family Friend   December 14, 2020