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“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...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Stephanie and Danny Lyons - IA

“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...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Sue Olson - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Kimberly Ashmore - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Robert Yoxall - Fort Collins, CO

“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...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Josie Floerchinger - Friend

“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. ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Jetmund (Hidder) - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Turner Kaschmitter - IA

“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...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Cheryl Allen

“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....Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: charlotte sherman - paducah, KY

“Don. I'm so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers with you and your family. Kevin/Janet Tracy ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Kevin Tracy - Ankeny, IA - Friend

“Many great memories from Lorna and the 2nd grade team at Terrace Elementary. Prayers to Don and the entire family. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Denny Warren

“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...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Trisha Romig - ALTOONA, IA

“Don and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: Scott and Kathy Osborn - Ankeny, IA

“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. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Joyce (Green). Doubleday - AZ

“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...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Dennis & Marcia Albertson - IA

“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...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Lois and Steve Lamansky - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Jim & Sherry DIBBLE - Hays, KS

“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...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Pam Slippy - Ankeny, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Alex Connelly (Flatness) - MN

“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...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Bradley Baxter - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Terry Lust- Anselme - Ankeny, IA

“Don and Family - sending our sincere condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mike & Julie ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Mike Mullins - Ankeny, IA


Lorna Ruth Murphy Agard, 75, died December 14, 2020 at Trinity Center at Luther Park of complications from dementia and aphasia.

Lorna was born in Hays, Kansas, on April 18, 1945, the third child of Rollen and Esther Murphy. The family lived in Woodston, Kansas, where Lorna grew up and graduated from Woodston High School. After graduating with a degree in education from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, Lorna taught Head Start and 2nd grade in Hutchinson, Kansas, for four years. In 1971, Lorna was hired by the Ankeny Community School District and proceeded to teach 2nd grade at Southeast Elementary for one year and Terrace Elementary for the next 35 years. She took immense pride in working with her students and following them through life. Lorna was also an active member in the Ankeny Education Association and served on numerous committees.

Lorna married Don Agard in 1981 and had two children. She took special pleasure playing with and watching her children and grandchildren grow and participate in activities. Lorna had a passion for growing roses and gardening and enjoyed growing things every summer. She was a fantastic cook and all of the family holidays were centered around her delicious meals. Lorna loved traveling and enjoyed many fantastic places with her family and friends. After retirement, Lorna always looked forward to meeting with her friendship groups. She was an active member of the Ankeny Presbyterian Church where she served on numerous committees and served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and an APC Wednesday teacher.

Lorna is survived by her husband, Don; two sons, Jay (Ashli) of Adel, Iowa, and Shon (Laura) of Denver, Colorado; a stepson, Bret (Desi) of Clive, Iowa; a stepdaughter, Jodi Houser of Owatonna, Minnesota; and nine grandchildren: Kenten, Laikyn, Brylin, Caeben, Ethan, Jake, Cole, Bree and Brooke. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Marvin L Murphy; sister, Wilma Murphy Sherman; and parents, Rollen and Esther Murphy.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staffs at Arbor Springs, New Horizons, The Journey, Trinity Center at Luther Park, and Unity Point Hospice for all their attentive care over the past five years during her difficult struggle. A special thanks goes to Jessica Lilland, Lorna's Palliative Care Nurse, for her very loving care during these entire five years.

Due to coronavirus concerns, a private family service will be held at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. Friends can share your support and memories with the family at MemorialServicesOfIowa.com. Lorna has been cremated and will be buried in the Ames Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to New Horizons Adult Day Center, 718 NE Grant, Ankeny, IA, 50021.