Pittstown- Marion C. (Booth) Morse, 94, a longtime resident of Pittstown, died peacefully, Thursday, March 17, 2022 surrounded by the comforts of her home, following a short illness.
Born in Watervliet, March 16, 1928, and raised in Brunswick, Marion was the daughter of the late Francis J. and Fanny H. (Bitley) Booth and for over 49 years the devoted wife of the late Paul H. Morse who predeceased her in April 1998.
Marion attended the local district school and was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School, Class of 1946.
As a young woman, she worked for a time at the former Wagar’s Ice Cream in Poestenkill. Upon graduation from high school, she worked as a stenographer at the Ludlow Valve Manufacturing Co., Inc., in Troy. After her marriage to Paul on July 23, 1949 and his return from the Korean War, the couple started their family. Marion raised the children and cared for her home. As her children grew she reentered the work force, working part time as a secretary at the former Lifetime Plastics Company in Brunswick so she could be home in time to get the kids off the bus and prepare dinner for Paul. In 1972 they moved from the house Paul built in Brunswick to Pittstown. Marion became an active member of the Pittstown United Methodist Church.
Marion’s love of God made serving her Church a joy. She chaired the Finance Committee, was the Sunday School Superintendent for many years, assisted with the Catch-the-Spirit after-school program, played the organ for Sunday services when needed and became the full time organist for 10 years after the passing of her friend Irene Humphrey. She was a member the United Methodist Women’s Group. She assisted as a member and the financial secretary of the Pittstown Five, a group of five area churches who cooperatively ran the Vacation Bible School program and several other joint activities for the area youth. In the early years of the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps, she served as a dispatcher from her home.
Marion enjoyed spending time with her family on their two week long summer vacation trips to visit old friends or to visit the New England coast. She was an avid reader, enjoyed knitting and loved watching the many birds, squirrels and wildlife that frequented her backyard.
Marion is survived by her two daughters and a son-in-law, Paula M. Morse of Pittstown, Rita and Ken Simolo of Springwater, a sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Peter Wachtel of Florida, seven nieces and nephews, Carol, John, Jeff, Peter, Chuck, Debbie, and Dawn, and her Church family. In addition to her late husband, Marion was predeceased by a sister, the late Eleanor Stannard.
A funeral service for Marion will be held on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pittstown United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Knapp officiating. Burial in Elmwood Hill Cemetery in Troy and a luncheon at the Church Fellowship Hall will follow. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Church on Monday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service.
Memorial contributions, if desired may be made to the Pittstown Untied Methodist Church, 57 Old Route 7, Valley Falls, NY 12185 in memory of Marion C. Morse.