Agnes Cahill Lease

Agnes Cahill Lease 82, passed away on Nov. 24, 2019 in Santa Fe, N.M. from complications related to a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born in Marfa on May 17, 1937. Agnes graduated from H.M. King High School in 1955. Her mother, the late Frances Hogue Lease, was the librarian at Gillette Middle School and her father, the late Gillian Charles Lease, retired from Celanese in 1976.

Agnes is survived by her son, Richard Scibelli Jr. and her daughter-in-law, Sara Huizenga of Santa Fe, N.M.; her beloved grandchildren, Richard Gillian and Lucia Laura Scibelli; her two sisters, Linda Nelson of Plano and Laura Walker of San Antonio; and 17 nieces and nephews. 

Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Cahill.

Following graduation from H.M King High, Agnes soon moved to New York and eventually to California before finally settling in Colorado in 1965. Agnes and Dan eventually retired to McCallen in 2005. Later, they moved to Albuquerque, N.M. to be near her son.

Agnes, who was always known as Nana to her entire family (because rumor has it, as a child, her youngest sister Laura couldn’t pronounce Agnes, so opted for Nana), will always be remembered for her exceptional sense of humor, her love of dancing and for the joy she brought to those around her including the class of ’55 at King High who voted her most popular.

Our lives are forever changed for the better because of you. You have left a void that can never be filled. We love you and miss you greatly and always will. Your strength, resolve and love for all of us, despite the challenges that life threw your way, were and will remain an example to us all. We love you Nana. We love you Agnes. I love you mom. I will miss you every day for the rest of my life.

A private burial will be held in Mineola on Christmas Eve.

If you have any memories of Agnes (Lease), please pass them along to Rick Scibelli at The family would be grateful.

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