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MORGAN, Martha Emma Louise (née Coorssen)
The family of Martha Morgan of Saskatoon is deeply saddened to announce her death Feb. 3, 2014 at the age of 92 after a brief illness. An award-winning writer with a generous, optimistic spirit, Martha had a loyal following for her Notes From Over The Hill books and columns of wit and wisdom for seniors, carried by more than a dozen weekly newspapers on the Prairies and in Ontario. She is survived by five children: Paul (Lucianne Lavoie) of Edmonton; Katherine (Terry Ranson) of Burnaby, B.C.; Barry (Janice Theberge) of Saskatoon; James (Therese Cochlin) of Ucluelet, B.C.; Wanda (Gilbert Lonechild) of Carlyle, Sask.; by daughter-in-law Sybil Morgan of Saskatoon; and by six grandchildren and one great-grandson: Shaun MacMillan and Ryan MacMillan of Vancouver, Erin Morgan (Guy-Philippe Bouchard) and son Ovila of Montreal, Lisa Morgan of Saskatoon, and Tyrone McAllister of Toronto and James McAllister of Carlyle. Martha was predeceased by infant daughter Carol Anne in 1963, her husband, Dr. Joseph Morgan of Saskatoon, in 1976 and son Neil in 1984. Martha was born in Bremen, Germany, October 4, 1921, and moved with her parents to Newmarket, Ont., in 1929. She married Joseph Morgan in 1947 in Toronto and the growing family also lived in Ottawa before heading west in 1962, as Joseph Morgan headed up the Cancer Research Institute at the University of Saskatchewan. With the children largely grown by the 1980s, Martha sold real estate for several years, then took the plunge into freelance writing and quickly found her niche. She began with "true romance"-style stories for magazines such as Chatelaine before moving to radio plays for CBC Saskatchewan and ultimately "The Medicine Show," broadcast nationwide on CBC's Morningside. She also wrote for television, notably the drama "The War Bride," which won a Saskatchewan Film and Video Showcase Award for Best Script at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival in 1986. She was at times a member of ACTRA, the Canadian Authors' Association, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Faculty Wives Club in Saskatoon. Martha moved to Cudworth in 1990 and very much enjoyed her new surroundings and the townspeople, soon launching the popular "Over The Hill" column of reminiscences, musings on modern life and aging, and exploiting her children's misadventures for publication - though she assured us we should be proud to be the "inspiration" behind her success. The Morgan household was a hangout for neighbourhood kids and was dominated by an ever-changing menagerie of weird or dysfunctional pets, often acquired by the children and left to Martha to manage, which she did lovingly. She never took herself seriously and acknowledged that an uncluttered household would just have to wait until she got herself organized, one of these days. But she took her writing very seriously, was justifiably proud of her accomplishments and wished she had started writing earlier. More computer-literate than most people half her age, in her late eighties she busied herself compiling a second book of her columns, and she amazed and inspired us by casually jumping on the bus to give readings around the province. In 2005 she moved to Luther Tower in Saskatoon, then to Luther Special Care Home last fall. She will be sadly missed. At Martha's request, there will be no funeral service. A private family memorial is being planned for a later date. The "Martha stories" have stopped, but her memory will live on in the hearts of those of us who loved her. To send online condolences, visit "Obituaries & Tributes". Funeral arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt, Park Funeral Chapel, 306.244.2103.

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Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7, 2014.
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August 13, 2014
Hello Morgan Family, was just looking up anything I could find on my old best friend Neil and came across your mother's obituary. I remember her well and fondly. I think of Neil and your family often and I hope you are all doing well. How does it go..."every hallway ends in one more door". Take care folks,
Mickey Webster
April 27, 2014
Grandma you will be missed deeply, my memories of time we shared are the fondest of my childhood and I cherish them dearly.
Tyrone McAllister
February 22, 2014
Martha was my foster mother for on year in @ 1979. She was loving and kind and has had a positive impact on my life. We stayed connected for many years. She met my children as they would come to swim in the pool or we would drop in and visit her in Cudworth. Over the years lost touch as I moved away from Saskatoon but a week before her passing my last foster mother had the opportunity to connect with her. Martha learned that I am happy and my family is doing well. Thank you Martha for making a difference in my life! You showed me what it was like to be part of a family.
Judy Toews
February 11, 2014
Paul and Lucianne, our condolences on your loss. Let us know if there is anything we can do.

Bill Churchman and Brinda Smith
Bill Churchman
February 8, 2014
Paul and Family
Thank you for sending me your email. I have very fond memories of your mom, her laugh, her jokes and her writings.
My sincere condolences during this time of grief.
May she rest in peace
Mark Weber, Melbourne Australia
February 8, 2014
Barry and Jan so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Noel and Linda Tomlenovich
February 8, 2014
We all loved spending time with your Mom. One of our last visits was at City Hospital where we "escaped" outside to Kinsmen Park, being warned that it might rain Martha suggested "Lets be brave"and off we went.. 20 minutes later the sky shook and a huge downpour soaked us to the bone... We laughed all the way back to the hospital enjoying the excitement and the fresh rain. Your Mom was a very good sport.. She lived a good long life and we miss her.
Helen Kays and all the Kays clan
Rita Lalonde
February 7, 2014
Hi Paul. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I express my condolences.
Oliver Eaton
February 7, 2014
Barry & Janice. So sorry to read of your mom's passing. I remember all too well Barry of you and your mom grocery shopping at the co-op on 8th street and we would all stop and share a few laughs, great times.
Rex & Hazel Badger
February 7, 2014
Martha's wit and wisdom will be missed by her many fans, of which I count myself one. Even until recently she was happy to set out the cookies and share some coffee with guests. Guess that trip we were planning to Tim's in the Spring will have to wait until we meet again, lovely lady!
Jim Bridgeman
February 4, 2014
I remember coming over with Paul from high school, your mom's house full of kids and one big crow. She sold us our first house years later with the same kind of energy. Please accept our deepest sympathies and know that our thoughts are with you.
Garnet and Marilyn Quigley
February 4, 2014
I am so sorry for her family's loss. I remember taking my 2 sons over to her home to swim in the pool when they were small. Over the years, whenever we met at family events,I enjoyed our conversations very much and I always considered her to be an exceptional role model for young women.
Lucille Lalonde
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