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Dagfrid H. Church, 98

Dagfrid H. Church of Conway, South Carolina, a former longtime Westport resident, died Nov. 9 at home. She was 98.

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Dagfrid Church: former Westporter. Contributed photo

The wife of the late Howard B. Church was born Oct. 14, 1919, in Norway, the daughter of the late Osmund Lutzow and Bergliot Pedersen Holm-Hansen.

Her family immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1929. She and her husband lived in Westport for almost 50 years before retiring to Conway, South Carolina.

She held a Masters in education and a bachelors in organic chemistry and was an educator and research scientist.

She was an avid tennis player and birder. She loved gardening, shelling, butterflies, traveling, hiking and spending time with her family, including Taffy and Sammy Jo.

She served as a volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens for over 20 years.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol Joanne Church Holm-Hansen of Vollen, Norway, Diane Lillian Sherman of Fairlee, Vermont, Patricia Gwendolyn Church of Fairfield, and Sharon Holm Church of Boston; three siblings, Vebjorn Holm-Hansen of Fairfield, Turid (Trudy) Moore of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Osmund Holm-Hansen II of La Jolla, California; three grandchildren, Courtney Longo, Kim Longo and Gabriel Church Lambie; one great-grandchild, Vanessa Longo; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

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