Shirley Rita Torrence Fagan Bardwell

  • Born: October 28, 1919
  • Died: November 3, 2021
  • Location: Hammond, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404
Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family

On November 3, 2021, Shirley Rita Torrence Fagan Bardwell passed away. She was 102. She was born October 28, 1919, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Oliver Torrence. She was a native of Hammond, LA and married the love of her life Dr. Charles Merlin Fagan, Sr. on September 13, 1943. She loved to travel to the mountains in Gatlinburg and the trips to Florida were her most favorite. Her greatest joy was being with her family. We will miss all the fun and love she brought to each and every one of us.

She and her husband Dr. Charles Merlin Fagan, Sr., were very instrumental in starting the first Hammond Association for Handicap Citizens (known as TARC today) as well as the first class for the Handicap Citizens in 1960 at Eastside Elementary School. They also helped to establish the first workshop for Handicapped Citizens in Tangipahoa Parish.

She is survived by her sons Charles Merlin Fagan, Jr. (Jennifer) and Thomas Leo Fagan (Joni); grandchildren, Laura Gill (Roger), Christopher Fagan, Shanna Hoosier (Robert) and Chad Fagan (Katherine); great grandchildren Dayne Commander (Gary), Chasen Gill (fiance' Kaitlyn Hawkins), Ambar Fagan, Robby Hoosier, Nathan Hoosier, Madilynn Hoosier, Kyle Fagan, Lane Fagan, and Cami Fagan; great great grandchildren, Cambre Commander, Brock Commander, and Vivian Commander. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands Dr. Charles Merlin Fagan and Milton Bardwell; her sister Ms. Audrey Torrence Bachman, a son James Robert Fagan and an infant daughter.

There will be a private graveside service at Greenlawn Cemetery with Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Home handling arrangements. The family would like to thank Heritage Health Care of Hammond and New Century Hospice (Janet Becnel) for the loving care that was extended to Ms. Shirley. Also, thanks to everyone for their prayers, cards, and visits.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Tom and family Willie and I wish to express our thoughts and our prayers to all the family. What a wonderful legacy she has left you allr2fbE

Posted by Lois Freeman - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   November 07, 2021

Merl, Tom and families, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Mittie Rohner - Amite - Acquaintance   November 07, 2021

The Fagen family has long been a most importabt asset to our community. God Bless the family.

Posted by jeff schneider - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   November 06, 2021

Oh so sorry for your loss and the loss of a dear long time family friend. Many Good memories to cherish. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Gordon and Eloise Anderson - Hammond   November 04, 2021