Gracemary Rodems Morphy died Wednesday morning, April 4, 2012, at Fairview Manor Nursing Home at the age of 93. Gracemary was born in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1918, and moved to Erie in 1956. She was one of the first members of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Parish, where she continued to be involved for all of her adult life. She was active in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, and received both the Marian Award For Outstanding Girl Scout Leader in the Erie Diocese and the Saint Anne Award For Outstanding Service To Catholic Youth. Gracemary raised her six children as a single mother following her husband's death in 1963. In 1982, Gracemary began an entrepreneurial career as the owner and operator of The Craft Store. She sold specialized craft materials and taught classes in macrame and needlework. As a transplant from Buffalo, Gracemary loved Erie and always took advantage of what the community had to offer, especially the beaches of Presque Isle. She was an avid gardener and fitness buff, and for years exercised faithfully to the Jack Lalanne Program. In her later years, Gracemary lived with her daughter, Elayne, prior to moving to Fairview Manor. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Fred; husband, Donald; and daughter-in-law, Rose Morphy. She is survived by her sister, Joan Standish; two sons, Donald Morphy of Erie and David Morphy and his wife, Jean McMillin of McKean; four daughters, Patricia Chase (Thomas) of Grafton, W.Va., Mary Ann Kennedy (Chuck) of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Kathy Kinnane (Vince), and Elayne Morphy of Erie; sixteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Friends may call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLP, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden, Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508, or Beach 1 Pavilion Fund, c/o ERC, PO Box 6, Erie, PA 16512. Condolences at bruggerfuneralhomes.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 6, 2012