January 2, 2004
Eleanor Roberts Morgan (Mrs. Philip Morgan) died Jan. 2, 2004, at the age of 94.
Mrs. Morgan was the owner of the Red Door Antique Shop on Wyoming Avenue in Forty Fort during the 1950s, '60s, and early '70s. She dealt in all aspects of the business, from fine china and furniture, jewelry and art, to first edition and historical books. After the flood of '72, she and her husband ``Phil,' ``Dake,' or ``Coach Morgan,' moved to Florida for 19 years of good dining, ocean swimming, beach shelling and their old loves, flea markets and friends.
After Philip's second stroke, they moved to St. Louis to be with their daughter Janice M. Smith. Philip died in 1998. Eleanor continued with good courage until Christmas 2003, when she was stricken with acute congestive heart failure one week before she died. In spite of encroaching Alzheimer's, she still sang the old songs, whistled a mean jig, walked, ate and talked quite well Ï with 24 hour careÏ in her own home.
In her earlier years, she was a 1927 graduate of Kingston High School, and later of Wyoming Seminary Business School. Job experience included bank teller, church secretary, Sunday school teacher, captain of the WWII knitting group, head of the Girl Reserves (Y Teens), a Welcome Wagon Lady and a saleswoman for State-House Sterling Silver.
Eleanor also attended all the basketball games that Philip coached at Luzerne and Kingston High School, charting the plays and figuring all the percentages.
She is survived by her daughter Janice Morgan Smith; two grandchildren, Laurie S. Berger, D.C., and Scott A. Smith, photographer; and four great-grandchildren, all of St. Louis; her two beloved sisters-in-law, Janie Morgan of Popular Street, Kingston; and Eleanor Morgan Edivan (and her husband Peter), of Boca Raton, Fla.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Hoyt Library in Kingston. Memories may be sent to Jan Smith, 3605 Cambridge, St. Louis, MO 63143.
Published in Times Leader on Jul. 22, 2004.