FALMOUTH — Gladys Archibald Hager, 92, died May 1 at her home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
She was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, the daughter of John Geddie and Cora Blenkhorn Archibald. She was two years old when her family moved to Amherst, Mass., where her father took a job as a research professor at Massachusetts Agricultural College.
Hager attended schools in Amherst and was valedictorian of her graduating class in 1937. She went on to study English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While in school she was best known for her many activities in music, playing major roles in operettas and as a member of the Statettes, the women’s quartet.
She married Myron Hager in May 1942. After a year of teaching in Shellburne Falls, Mass., she joined her husband at his several U.S. Army posts. In 1946, they settled in Guilford, Conn., where he took at teaching position in a local high school.
While caring for her children she spent a lot of time organizing the community’s PTA and helping direct church choirs. In 1955 the family moved to Portland.
In 1957 she accepted an appointment as the Latin Teacher at Falmouth High School, a position she held until her retirement in 1976. During the time she was teaching, she earned her master’s degree in classics at Tufts University.
Through the years, she continued to participate in music groups, including the Choral Art Society, the Magic of Christmas Chorus and the Surry Opera Company.
In 1997, after Falmouth’s sister town in Kentucky suffered great storm damage, Hager organized a program of material assistance to the town. The “Blue Skies” program collected, loaded and delivered a trailer truck filled with goods and reconstruction materials.
Hager was predeceased by her sister, Jean MacKimmie, of Vermont; brothers William Archibald of Istanbul, Turkey, and George, who died in childhood.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Myron; brother John Archibald of Malabar, Fla.; sons, William and his wife, Susan, of Windham, and Stephen of Florence, Ore.; daughter, Marjorie Baker and her husband, John, of Stafford Springs, Conn.; grandchildren Dexter Hager of Windham, Julie Morse and her husband, Stephen, of Woolwich, and Jennifer and Daniel Baker of Connecticut; great-grandchildren Acadia, Amelia, Michael, James, Kurt and Katarina; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 18 at the Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. May 19 at the Brookside Cemetery in South Deerfield, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.