ANNE MORTON DONOR OF CHILDREN'S THEATER, DIES AT 93 Anne Morton Morton, age 93, died November 16, 2007 at her John's Island home in Vero Beach, Florida. She was born October 21, 1914, in Columbus, Georgia, and attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, and Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. While attending art school in Washington, D.C. , she met her future husband, Jack Morton, who founded Jack Morton Worldwide, the global brand communications agency, now a part of the Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. The Mortons resided in Washington, D. C. throughout most of their 68 years of marriage, wintering at their Vero Beach home until moving there permanently in 2001. Mrs. Morton was an accomplished artist, and she served for many years on the Board of the Florence Crittenden Home in Washington. She was a member of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington and the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach. In 1997 Anne and Jack Morton recognized the need for a state of the art performing arts theater for children in Vero Beach, which they gave to the Riverside Theatre that year. The Anne Morton Children's Theatre and the children it serves became the focus of their lives from that time. Mrs. Morton's greatest joy were her 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Mrs. Morton is survived by a son, William I. Morton of Greenwich, Connecticut and Hobe Sound, Florida; two daughters, Mary Louise Morton Seilheimer of Orange, Virginia, and Diane Morton Fentress of Vero Beach, Florida, and Dark Harbor, Maine. She is also survived by grandchildren Andrew Dodd Fentress, Caroline Fentress O'Donnell, Dana Fentress Smith, Lee Fentress III, Anne Morton Hepfer, William I. Morton, Jr., Anne Seilheimer Prentice, Charles H. Seilheimer III, and twelve great-grandchildren. A celebration of Mrs. Morton's life was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, Florida, on Monday, November 19th. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anne Morton Children's Theatre Endowment, 3280 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.
Published by TC Palm on Nov. 20, 2007.