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Emily Hagan


Emily Hagan passed peacefully into eternal life on October 19, 2019.  She was born July 28, 1930, in Castlewellan, Northern Ireland.  Emily was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Mary (Edgar) Murphy, and her son Gordon Hagan.   Emily will be missed by her husband of 66 years, R. Norman Hagan, and their children: R. Glenn (Nikki) Hagan, Gary Hagan, and Michael (Nancy) Hagan, their seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Emily is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert Stanley and Dorothy Murphy, of Northern Ireland.  Emily met Norman at her church in Belfast as a teenager and was courted by him for several years where they loved to walk with her father in the Irish country side.  She married Norman in November, 1952, and a few weeks later they left their homeland for Canada by ship.  Emily took pride in creating a warm, safe and comfortable home as they moved about to Toronto, Ohio, Gross Pointe, Arkansas, East Grand Rapids, Colorado Springs, Bloomfield Hills, Gladwin and Grand Rapids in support of Norman’s career path. Emily was a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  When her children were young, she welcomed their friends to their home where she fed them and kept them in line with her lovely Irish accent and good humor.  She enjoyed skiing with friends and family and supporting their sons in their activities. The family is grateful for the compassionate care Emily received from the staff at Heather Hills, Green Acres and Kindred Hospice in the last few years.  A private burial service will take place at Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids.  Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Humane Society of West Michigan ( or a charity of your choice.

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  1. I am proud to be your son, Mom. You were a force. Have fun on your adventure. Love & kisses always .

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family, Glenn. I know how hard this is. Your mother was a wonderful woman and truly loved by our family. My deepest sympathies for all of you. -jane brundidge gray

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