Alice H. Morton, 97: Lifetime devoted to civic organizations

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BOWDOIN — Alice H. Morton, 97, died Oct. 16.

Born on Sept. 13, 1912, in Washington Township, Ohio, she was a daughter of Enos and Columbia Corley Hayhurst.

On Aug. 25, 1932, she married Paul W. Morton in Freeport, Ohio, and they lived there together until March 1997 when they moved to Maine to be near their daughter and her family.

During World War II she was in charge of the Ground Observer Corps of the U.S. Air Force.

For 35 years, she worked as an insurance agent and assisted her husband in tax work.

She was incredibly civic-minded and was a longtime and active member in numerous community organizations while she lived in Ohio and after she moved to Maine, including: Auxiliary to the Rural Letter Carriers Association; first Cub Scout mother in Freeport, Ohio; Woman’s Society of Christian Service; Order of the Eastern Star chapters in Ohio and Maine; Grange chapters in Ohio and Maine; Daughters of the American Revolution, Ohio and Maine chapters; Lakeland Democratic Woman’s Club of Freeport, Ohio; and served as the presiding judge at elections in Freeport, Ohio for many years.

An avid historian, she was an active member of several historical and genealogical societies. She published several books on the early history of Freeport, Ohio and surrounding areas.

For 75 years, she attended the Freeport United Methodist Church and volunteered in various capacities.

She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Paul, on Feb. 25, 2000; three brothers and an infant sister.

Surviving are two children, Dr. Paul S. Morton and his wife, Jane of Columbus, Ohio and Corley Anne Byras of Bowdoin; six grandchildren, Dr. David P. Morton of Austin, Texas, Sarah Jane Morton of Columbus, Ohio, George S. Byras II, of Bowdoin, Stephanie Turgeon of Augusta, Grant S. Byras of Holden, and Treon Byras of South Boston, Mass; two great-granddaughters, Elise S. Morton of Orlando, Fla., and Mallory Turgeon of Augusta.

Memorial services will be held in Ohio.

Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of the Harrison County Historical Society,
P.O. Box 362, Cadiz, OH 43907.

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick and Koch Funeral Home in Freeport, Ohio.