Remembering Ruby Agnir (February 2, 1940-February 20, 2022)
Ruby Leah Agnir
On February 20, 2022, Ruby Leah Agnir (nee Ordinario), 82, of Wesley Chapel, FL and formerly of Franklin County, MA (Greenfield and So. Deerfield) joined her Lord after a brief battle with lung cancer at the Regal Palms Assisted Living Facility in Largo, FL. Her daughter Rowena Rantanen, son-in-law Eric Rantanen, son Frederick Agnir, daughter-in-law Christiana Carter and caregiver Ann-Marie Ricks were by her side in person, while friends and family members joined through internet live streaming technology.
Ruby was born on February 2, 1940, to Rev. Roman and Tereza (Rubio) Ordinario in Davao City, Philippines. Her husband was the late Rev. Dr. Federico "Eddie" Agnir, whom she married on April 30, 1961, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City in the Philippines.
A musical prodigy, Ruby enjoyed a lifelong passion and career for over 70 years as a professional musician starting with her playing the pump organ at 9-yrs old for her church. Working as an organist and music director for a multitude of churches throughout her life, her most recent positions include the music director for Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel, FL and organist for St. Elizabeth Episcopalian Church in Zephyrhills, FL.
Ruby will fondly be remembered by her students as she taught piano, organ and voice for over 50 years. Community theater as well was one of her passions, as she participated in dozens of plays and musicals in various roles including music director, actor, singer, director, and producer. She was the founder and artistic director of the community theater group The Green Room Players (Greenfield, Massachusetts), whose proceeds were donated to non-profit organizations including The ALS Foundation among others.