Grace M. Morton, 75, of Jacksonville, went to her heavenly home, Friday June 27, 2014, at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 29. A celebration of her life will be held Monday June 30, 11 a.m. at Richlands United Methodist Church, with Edgar DeJesus officiating, Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Onslow Memorial Park.
Grace is preceded in death by her father Joseph Lee Morton, mother Lila Morton, twin sister Minnie and brother Michael, father and mother-in-law, Kavi and Daisy Morton.
She is survived by her soulmate, Harold C. Morton, son, Rick Morton and wife Brenda, daughters Mitzi Johnson and husband, Billy, Jennifer Morton and Cindy Padgett. grandchildren, Matt Johnson and wife, Noelle, Josh Johnson and wife, Jamie, Jeremy Cox and wife, Calandra, Amanda Cox, Kristie Morton, Reilly Morton, Jacob, Barry and Stevie Padgett and seven great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her brother-in-law Zeke Morton and sisters-in-law Annie Faye Parker and Virginia Morton, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a world of friends.
Grace was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church and lived her life in service both to her church and community, serving on many committees. She also was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Women, serving time as President, was chairperson of the Parsonage Committee for many years, Church Worship Committee, lifetime Choir member, RUMC administrative board, member of the Senior Life Center Committee, member of the Onslow County Foundation Board, as well as Chairwoman of Farm Bureau Women's Federation. She was most proud of establishing the Senior Life Center and the remodeling of the Church Parsonage.
She was born Feb. 28, 1939, in Carteret County, and married her soulmate, Harold, June 16, 1956. She supported her husband and was a proud owner of Rock Creek Golf and Country Club and Charlotte National Golf Club, where she took great pride in helping others with banquets and their wedding dreams. She loved playing golf, was an officer of the Ladies Golf Association and also enjoyed spending time with her friends playing Bridge.
The poise, dignity and virtue displayed by Grace not only throughout her life, but also during the time of her illness, was unyielding. Her joyful and vibrant essence was aesthetic and essential to those whom she embraced daily. Grace was the epitome of a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her shining light will be forever missed, creating a void that can never be filled.
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