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Martha T. Morgan

Martha T. Morgan, 94, of Robert Street, Sheatown, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at home.

Martha was born Jan. 4, 1918, and lived her entire life in Newport Township. She graduated from Newport Township High School in 1935 and Wilkes-Barre Business School in 1937.

She was predeceased by her parents, Benjamin F. and Martha A. Stair Turner; her husband, Edward L. Morgan; her sister, Mary Belle Lawrence; infant brother, William Benjamin Turner; and her companion, Leo Kourey.

Surviving are her daughter, Mary Alice Dudeck; grandchildren, Paul Clark, Theresa Clark, Leslee Harrison and Helen Cholewa; great-grandchildren, Tanis Clark; Stephen Clark, Paul Clark Jr., Rebecca Cholewa and Katelynn Cholewa; and great-great-grandchildren, Truett Clark and Tryson Clark.

Martha was trained to be a seamstress by family members early in her life. Over the years, she designed and crafted apparel for family and friends, including intricately detailed wedding gowns and gowns for entire bridal parties.

She worked at the Singer Sewing Store on Main Street in Nanticoke during the 1950s, where she taught many area young women how to sew.

Martha was an avid crafter and generously shared many of her creations with family and friends over the years.

When the Singer Sewing Store closed, she worked for Pennsylvania Gas and Water Co. in the billing/customer service department; as the bookkeeper for Nanticoke Lumber Co. until a devastating fire caused the business to close, and eventually retired from the accounting department at Standard Brands/Nabisco.

Martha was a second-generation, life member of Newport United Methodist Church, formerly known as Alden United Methodist Church.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was proud to serve as worthy matron of the Nanticoke Chapter during the 1950s.

She and her husband were active members of the Irem Shrine and Irem Temple Country Club.

Martha blessed all her knew her with her loving, generous spirit. Her loss will leave a profound void in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., Nanticoke.

Private interment services were held at Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 22, 2012
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