Mary Gertrude (Miller) Morse, a Falmouth Heights resident for thirty-five years, died on November 26 at her home on Deacons Avenue after a short illness. She was 94.
Mrs. Morse was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 7, 1923, the daughter of Francis L. and Mary (O'Brien) Miller. She was raised in Auburn and graduated from Ascension High School in Worcester. Mrs. Morse received a bachelor's degree from Emmanuel College in Boston in 1945, and worked as a teacher and guidance counselor in public schools in Auburn and Holyoke until her retirement in 1982.
Mrs. Morse first came to Falmouth in 1946, as a summer employee of the Tower Hotel in Falmouth Heights, where she worked for thirteen seasons. She remained a summer resident of Falmouth until 1982, when she married Frank J. Morse of Falmouth Heights and moved to Deacons Avenue. Mr. Morse died in 1984.
An avid fan of the Red Sox and of all sports teams at the College of the Holy Cross, Mrs. Morse devoted most of her life in Falmouth to volunteer work. Mrs. Morse volunteered at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce for twenty years, and also served as a greeter at Highfield Hall, and donated time at the Falmouth Senior Center and the Falmouth Historical Society. She began volunteering at Falmouth Hospital in 1985, and worked there in various volunteer capacities for more than thirty years. She was a former board member of The Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon on Thursday, November 30, in St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth, with visiting hours immediately prior from 10-11:30 a.m. at Chapman, Cole and Gleason, 475 Main St., Falmouth. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Morse's memory to The Francis L. Miller Scholarship Fund at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, 01610, or to The Falmouth Historical Society.