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Azie Taylor Morton of Austin, Texas, died Sunday, December 7, 2003,at age 67. She was born on February 1, 1936,in St. John Colony near Dale, Texas, to Fleta Hazel Taylor. Mrs. Morton married the late James Homer Morton on May 29, 1965. They were married 38 years. Mrs. Morton is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Virgie Floyd (Phillip), Stacey Hurst (Eric); granddaughters Michelle Clark and Portia Jefferson; great-grandchildren Ronald Oliver, Kyree James, and Sole Michelle. She viewed the relationships with her offspring as her greatest accomplishment. President Jimmy Carter appointed Mrs. Morton as the 36th Treasurer of the United States, a position she held from 1977 to 1981. She has the distinction of being the only African American to ever hold the post. After graduating high school at age 16 with an outstanding record, she enrolled at Huston-Tillotson College, a historically black college in Austin. Mrs. Morton graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in commercial education in 1956. She applied to graduate school at the University of Texas and was denied admission because she allegedly needed more undergraduate courses. However, the University cited its policy of not enrolling ``Negroes to its undergraduate programs.' Undaunted, Mrs. Morton began a career that spanned forty-five years and included a vast array of experiences and accomplishments. Mrs. Morton's first job was as a teacher at the Texas State School for Delinquent Girls. She went on to serve on Lyndon B. Johnson's senatorial campaign and President John F. Kennedy's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. She was a member of the American Delegation to Rome for the Enthronement of Pope John Paul II; Chair of a People- to-People Mission to the Soviet Union and China; an Election Observer for the presidential elections in Haiti, Senegal, and the Dominican Republic; and a representative to the first African/African American Conference held in Africa. With one exception (1968), Mrs. Morton attended and had been officially involved in every Democratic National Convention since 1964. She often referred to herself as a `convention junkie` but was passionate about public service and the necessity of giving back to the community that made so much possible for her. Additional positions she held included: Commissioner of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, owner/operator of two Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers franchises, Director of Resource Coordination for Reading Is Fundamental, President of Exeter Capital Asset Management Co., and Owner of Ram Book Store at Huston-Tillotson College. She served on numerous boards including Schlotzsky's Deli, Foundation for Religious Studies, National Democratic Institute, and Kids Care. Mrs. Morton was a member of the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Austin. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and colleagues, the communities and students to which she devoted her time and talents. Mrs. Morton was profoundly committed to making sure that young adults are socially, academically, and professionally prepared to participate in broader society. Therefore, in honor of her commitment, and endowed scholarship fund has been established in her name at Huston-Tillotson College. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Azie Taylor Morton Scholarship Fund, Office of the President, Huston-Tillotson College, 900 Chicon Street, Austin, TX 78702. Viewing will take place on Friday at King-Tears Mortuary from 9:00 am. to 5:00 pm. A memorial service, which will include the Alpha Kappa Alpha Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2003, at Huston-Tillotson College King - Seabrook Chapel. The funeral is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 2003, at St. John's Tabernacle 7501 Blessings Ave. in Austin. The interment will take place at St. John Colony Cemetery.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 12, 2003.
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February 3, 2021
I WISH I HAD PAID CLOSER ATTENTION TO YOUR NAME MANY YEARS AGO. BUT TODAY AFTER READING ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND SO MANY ACCOMPLISHMENT, I WILL NOT SOON FOR GET YOU.
JANICE sALAAM
Coworker
February 6, 2004
My life has been truly blessed by knowing Azie and being called her friend. I enjoyed talking with her, being in her company, her wisdom, and yes, bid whist games, too.
Douglas Mae Newton
January 21, 2004
You are greatly missed, and yet still loved! God Bless your Family and host of Friends!
Erica Knox
January 20, 2004
Trashona Walker
January 15, 2004
You are greatly missed and your legacy shall live on.
Kia Leffall
January 12, 2004
Ericka Denmon-Rhodes
January 9, 2004
Think of her as living,
In the hearts of those she touched.
For nothing loved is ever lost,
And she was loved so much.

Samuel Baldwin
Former Consultant
Huston-Tillotson College
Samuel Baldwin
December 19, 2003
Stacey and Vergie: Azie was not only a friend to me but, also as close as a mother (thank you for sharing her). From the first day I met her, her winning smile captured my heart. I'm glad to have had the pleasure and opportunity to know her and it was my pleasure to talk with her and have her share her stories and more so; allowing me during my time on the hill while working for Rep. Dale Tillery in Austin,Texas to write her into congress. My heart still longs to hear voice and to see her face on her many trips here to Washington,DC. She will be truely missed but, God knows best, he only shared her with us and now she belongs back to him in the presence of his grace. My prayers are always with you. Ty
(Ty) Tyhasha Garner-Wright
December 19, 2003
"The fruit of the Spirit is love,joy,peace,patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness." Galatians 5:22. Azie possessed the fruit of the Spirit. You will miss her, but she left so much for you to remember.
Ora B. Wilson
December 19, 2003
Our deepest sympathies go out to Vergie and Stacy it was a privilege to meet your parents. I had the pleasure of being welcomed into your mothers home to prepare a dinner party and from that day on your mother left a mark on my heart and a peice of history with it. May God Be with you.

Chef Joel Simoneaux
Andrea Richard
Round Rock Tx.
JSimoneaux@Brookdaleliving.com
Joel Simoneaux
December 18, 2003
May God continue to be with the family of Mrs. Azie Taylor Morton. Weaping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning light.
Lillian Ferguson
December 16, 2003
Virgie,

Mother was an amazing person. She always sent that motherly love to everyone. She will be missed. Your are in our hearts and prayers.

Nicole Gonzales
Nicole Gonzales
December 16, 2003
Virgie and Family,
My heart goes out to you and your family,Remember the good Lord is always their. Mrs Azie Taylor Morton was a women of:Wisdom,Courage,Love and Strength.She will be truly missed.
May God Bless
Sherry Mims
December 16, 2003
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, God Bless
Deborah Ford
December 15, 2003
Stacie,

My heart and prayers are with you and your family.

Much Love,
Much Prayer
Radie
Radie Cannady
December 15, 2003
Virgie and Stacie,
Mrs. Morton was truly a "special lady". Hearts as generous as hers are few and far between. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take comfort in the Lord, for he will guide you through this difficult period.
Tony Owens
December 15, 2003
Stacey & Virgie
It was an awesome priviledge to know and be in the presence of Azie. Her grace, perseverance, loving kindness and elegance was God's way of letting us know how it should be done. Go forward knowing that truely His grace is sufficient and that His hand will sustain you. Love you both, Dianne
Dianne Thompson
December 15, 2003
Stacey (and Family):
May God's peace be with you. I pray that he strengthens and comforts you during this time.
Monica Crenshaw
December 15, 2003
Stacey,
I will never forget meeting Mrs.Azie
for the first time.You remember when we walked to the bedroom of your place and I said "Who is your mother"?(smile)I will never be able to express what she did for me.Never.
But she believed in me,and she loved me.I love her,and told her often.I am so glad that I did. Thank you Stacey for just letting me meet her.I love her so......
Dianna
Dianna Mathews
December 14, 2003
Stacey, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Portia. May God's peace and comfort be with you and guide you always.
Linda Brown
December 14, 2003
To the family of Azie Taylor Morton,
My fond memories of our former U.S.
Treasurer goes back to the Saturday
before the November, 1980 election
to re-elect President Carter. We were making a whirl-wind trip on
Air Force 2 through Dallas,Houston,
Brownsville, Abilene and ending in
Ft. Worth with the President and others in Air Force One. Someone asked her to autograph their dollar
bill.. She decided she would autograph the paper money for a percentage of the face value. As her
seat mate, I was appointed by her to
collect the percentage to be donated
to the D.N.C..I now tell my grandchildren about the "one day"
I was an assistant to the U.S.Treasurer..She was a fine lady
and was always thinking of how she
could help others.
Billie Veach
Billie Veach
December 13, 2003
The heart, energy, and talent that she gave to things made Azie Taylor Morton exciting to know. Whether it was a savory dinner at her house or the change-of-season displays at the Ram Bookstore, she took pleasure in doing more than was expected; and knowing the great measure of her own efforts, she easily respected the achievements of others. I am pleased to have known her and pleased to have experienced her kindness.
Mary Luins Small
December 13, 2003
Azie will always be remembered as the classmate and friend that entered and finished Huston-Tillotson college with me. You can be proud of the dignity she exemplified through out her life. May God bless and keep you.
Shirley Thomas-Ware
December 13, 2003
I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Azie when she assumed ownership of the bookstore at Huston-Tillotson College. She was indeed a role model and an example to follow. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God is with you in your time of sorrow.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4 (KJV)
Pamela Sherman
December 13, 2003
You are indeed in our prayers.
Continue to be proud and display the dignity that Mrs. A. T.-Morton magnified in society. God bless you and yours.
Tony, Cheryl & Tayla Terry
December 13, 2003
Mrs. Morton was truly one of my sheroes. She was accomplished and gracious, and a trailblazer for those of us who come behind her.
Evelyn Palfrey McKee
December 12, 2003
Our deepest sympathies go out to Stacy and the rest of the Morton family. Although we had not seen Azie in recent years, my wife Umo and I will remember her for the pride and dignity she exemplified.
John Blanton
December 12, 2003
Virgie, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great lost. May God continue to bless you richly is our prayer.
Thelton Winn
December 12, 2003
I extend my deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Azie Taylor Morton. I have know Azie since 1956 when I attended UT and was a Charter Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority with Azie as my big sister.She was also a neighbor and friend.I have wonderful memories of Azie and Jimmy. Virgie and Stacy, you and your children are part of a great legacy. May God Bless you keep you always
Mamie and Robert Ewing
Mamie& Robert Ewing
December 12, 2003
The gentleness of Azie will never be forgotten!
Rosalee Martin
December 12, 2003
Azie always believed in the possible. She achieved acclaim, but kept the common touch, never forgetting old acquaintances. I will keep you, her family, in my prayers.
Soror Deralyn Riles Davis
Deralyn Riles Davis
December 12, 2003
May the peace of God abide with those you love.
Dorothy Hunter
December 12, 2003
Not only a legacy but a 'lady of class', Azie Taylor Morton will be remembered by me for her 'humility' and 'dedication to service'.

As she was nurtured in the 'soil of loving-kindness and caring' so she returned to add her 'nutrients' to enrich that same soil. As a result, she strengthened the same roots from which she sprouted.

While she will be missed, Azie Taylor Morton's legacy remains as a reminder that every opportunity for 'love' and 'respect' of our fellowman should never be missed.
Harvey Williams
December 12, 2003
I love you Mom. Thank you for all of your love and support. Rest in peace.
Sigrid
Sigrid Lott
December 12, 2003
Virgie, Stacie and family:
My prayers are with you. At this time and always, "Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not to your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path." May God continue to bless and keep you.
Muchere Russ
December 12, 2003
Virgie, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Mom was one special lady! We will all miss her.
Betty Etier
December 12, 2003
Virgie,Stacy,and Family of Azzie Taylor Morton:

Virgie and Stacy - I was deeply saddedned when I heard of Azzie's passing. I knew I had lost a friend who cared about me professionally and personally. Azzie always tried to make my job easier. Her wisdom, her insight, and her giving nature will never be replaced. Your mother was one in a million. She was a role model to many, and her tutledge lives on in the lives of every individual she touched.

Live with the beautiful memories you have of Azzie, for her book of life is filled with them. Azzie knew she would only pass this way but once, and in passing she made sure that she made a difference. Your Mom's life was not in vain. She served her family, her friends, her community and the entire country. She MADE a difference, and we are all better because of her life. These thoughts should sustain you daily. She is gone from us physically, but spiritually she will always be with you'all and with us.

Love, Sonny, Judy and Lloyd Loredo
Your HTC Family - Austin, Texas
Judith Loredo
December 12, 2003
I've been blessed and honored to know Azie Taylor-Morton. She left St. John Colony a legacy to be proud of. The fact that Azie was born in Dale, Texas, a rurual community that wasn't on the Texas map. She finished High School, graduated from Huston Tillotson, and went to Washington, D.C. to become the first Black woman appointed to U.S. Treasury by President, Jimmy Carter in 1977. St. John Colony was alway a part of her and she will alway be a part of us. Azie spoke words of widsom and seemed so carefree. I will forever miss her smiles, laughters and her positive attitude.

May God give Virgie,her sister and their children the strength thru prayer to go forward and know that Azie touched, and made a positive impact on many lives here and abroad.

Sincrely,
Margie Hill(cousin)
(512)463-6154/220-929 4
Margie M Hill
December 12, 2003
Azie was a woman of class an elegance and a woman who knew how to get things done in a quiet way. Her absence creates a void that cannot be filled. She will be missed.
Allen Johnson
December 12, 2003
I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Azie Taylor-Morton at the St. John 19th of June celebration a couple of years ago. I really did not know who she was until I heard someone ask her for her autograph. When I realized I was in the presence of"Greatness" I could barely contain my elation. It is with a heavy heart that I am writing these few lines to send my condolences to her family to let them know that they are in my prayers and I know that we will miss Azie's presence at the Reunions.
Mary Ellison
December 12, 2003
My prayers and my church prayers are with the family in their time of need. May God grant peace and comfort in the name of Jesus.
Tiana McAllister
December 12, 2003
Mrs. Morton's presence will be missed by you, her family. No doubt you will be comforted by the good memories that she left for so many people. She left her mark in the numerous kind things that she did. She seemed always willing to help others. I believe she is Christ's example to me/us, an inspiring model for personal aspiration.

God bless and comfort you.
Cletus Johnson
December 12, 2003
You will be missed, we offer our prayers of confort and pease to the family. May your God bless and keep you strong.
Helen Gordon
December 12, 2003
Having had to honor to meet Mrs. Azie Taylor-Morton was indeed a privilege. My prayers are with the family and the HTC family..Remember 'Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal'
Anna Berry
December 12, 2003
Virgie, Stacey and families
My thoughts are with you. I will keep you in my prayers.
Lebo Mohutsiwa
December 12, 2003
Margie M Hill
December 12, 2003
Virgie and Stacey, seek strength and peace from the Lord through this difficult time.
Kenya Johnson
December 12, 2003
Grantland Rice wrote these words that he called Alumnus Football: "For when the One Great Score comes to write against your name, He writes - not that you won or lost - but how you played the game."

During the fleeting moments our pathways were the same, of the welcomed opportunities I took to read and listen about your fame, in the limited times I peered through the "fence" watching you, Azie in life's "game", I say bravo Azie for all the points you made.

Sincerely,

Soror Voncile Stinnett Fullylove Lowell
Voncile Lowell
December 12, 2003
My deepest sympathy to the Morton family. Azie is God's special angel on this earth. Take comfort knowing that she is still with you because her legacy of love, caring, and dedication for her fellow man is God's validation of her life's gifts to so many she touched.
Monica Dekkers
December 12, 2003
Dianna Dean
December 12, 2003
R.I.P. You will be miss.
Charlotte Frederick
December 12, 2003
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Azie Taylor Morton. She made everyone she met feel like a friend or a family member. Huston-Tillotson College will miss her always.
Del Watson
December 12, 2003
Larry Earvin
December 12, 2003
Victor Carr
December 12, 2003
Heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mrs. Azie Taylor Morton. As a member of her Huston-Tillotson College extended family, I am happy that she returned to "the hill" to share her expertise and kindness. Her cheerful smile and mild manner will be greatly missed.

She has been quoted as saying, "If it is not worth praying about, it is not worrying about". It is through our prayers that we will deal with the worry we endured earlier this week as well as the sorrow of her death.

The family will always be in our prayers.
Jan and Terry Smith
December 11, 2003
My heart goes out to the Morton family and especially to Virgie and her sister who will forever miss both their parents. I'm glad I had the pleasure of enjoying Ms. Morton's company on numerous occasions and is very proud to have met her. The community has lost a pioneer.
Jacqueline Thornburg
December 11, 2003
I am indebted to Mrs. Morton for giving a group of rural, white children, who were totally unaware of black history, except in the abstract, a life lesson they will never forget. Hopefully her courage wiil inspire these same children do good things and make a difference in their world.Kathleen Coyne Boyer
4th and 5th grade teacher, Old Mines. Missouri
Kathleen Coyne Boyer
December 11, 2003
Virgie, Stacey, and families,
We are praying for you and so is our church family.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Shirley Taylor Carson
December 11, 2003
We offer our prayers for peace, comfort and consolation; you are in our hearts of the entire community of St. Edward's University.
Richard Kinsey
December 10, 2003
You will be missed and your legacy will forever live on. You have made a special mark in our lives. I love you and miss you.
Soror LaNica Failey
December 10, 2003
Chasalyn Rowlett
December 10, 2003
Our prayers are with the family. We are old friends when Azie & Jimmy lived in Wichita, KS and she was with the Model Cities Program.
Sylvester Alford
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