Dorothy Goodbred Morgan, 92, died on April 19, 2012 at Penney Retirement Community, Penney Farms, Florida. She was born in Mayo, Florida on November 3, 1919 to Richard Hunter Goodbred and Annie Julia Johnson Goodbred.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband and her two siblings and is survived by her children: Joseph D. Morgan III, Howard B. Morgan, D. Anne Morgan, Daniel H. Morgan, W. Richard Morgan, and Marcus N. Morgan, by 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Dorothy helped her children learn to read before they entered school by reading descriptions of their favorites in the Sears toy catalog. They quickly learned those words, and all greatly benefited from that head start.

Dorothy was the valedictorian of her high school class and had special interests in music and poetry. Her father was a professional baseball player whose career took the family from the East Coast to the West Coast and points in between. This was a good preparation for her peripatetic life as a military wife.

On June 8, 1936 Dorothy married Joseph David Morgan, Jr. in the Methodist Church in Mayo Florida. During World War II, Dorothy remained in Mayo and was head of household for 5 years while her husband served in the Army Air Corps. She moved and reestablished homes many times throughout her husband's military service, and during the Korean War Dorothy chose to move to Gainesville, Florida so that her six children would have the opportunity to attend the University. Upon her husband's retirement from the Air Force, the family was reunited in Gainesville which was her home for the rest of her life. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Dorothy attended the University of Florida, worked as an LPN in the pediatric department of Shands Hospital and later became secretary to the Chaplin there. Her warm and loving spirit served her well. After retiring, she served many years as a volunteer at North Florida Regional Medical Center.

Dorothy loved to travel, and she visited Europe, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada as well as much of the U.S. She was an intrepid traveler and often struck out on her own, managing to communicate with folks whether they shared a language or not. She made friends wherever she went.

Dorothy's ashes are interred at Airline Cemetery, Lafayette county Florida.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2012