Shrewsbury – Frances A. Morton, 96, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester after a period of declining health. Her husband of 62 years, Richard F. Morton Sr., died in 2003.
Born Oct. 22, 1914 in Winthrop, the daughter of Isabelle (Forrest) Alcorn and Walter S. Alcorn, she lived in Shrewsbury for 40 years before moving to the Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community in Worcester in 1993 and Tatnuck Park at Worcester in 2010. She spent many winters in San Diego, Calif.
She leaves one son, Richard F. Morton Jr. and his wife, Mary, of South Range, Wis.; two daughters, Barbara F. Morton and her spouse, Mary Severine, of Santa , N.M., recently of San Diego, Calif., and Jean M. Johnson and her husband, Harry, of Holden; four grandchildren, Lynn Goodale, Cyrus Morton, Steven Johnson and Jeffrey Johnson; six great-grandsons; and nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Harry S. Alcorn.
Mrs. Morton graduated from Girls Latin School of Boston in 1931 at the age of 16. She then graduated from Boston University School of Secretarial Sciences in 1933 and worked in Boston prior to starting her family.
In Shrewsbury, Mrs. Morton was a former town meeting member, a past president of the Women's Club and a 50-year member of the First Congregational Church. She was also a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout den mother when her children were young. She volunteered at Memorial Hospital in Worcester for over 25 years.
She belonged to the Worcester County Power Squadron for many years, and was among the first female members of the Navigators Club. She was also active in the Massachusetts and Maine Mayflower Societies. She was an avid reader and an excellent seamstress who also played bridge and completed crossword puzzles into her nineties. She enjoyed traveling in Europe and driving cross country with her husband many times, pulling their travel trailer.
The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the many people who provided Mrs. Morton with love and caring support over the last two years, especially the staff at the Tatnuck Park at Worcester Harbor program and at Notre Dame Long Term Care and Hospice.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m.,, at the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Rd. There will be no calling hours and burial in Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury will be private. The Howard C. Allen Funeral Home of Shrewsbury is assisting with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Briarwood Residents Assistance Fund, 70 Briarwood Cir., Worcester MA 01606 or the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury MA 01545.