BRUNSWICK — Natalie O. Morgan, 81, died Dec. 3 at Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth.
Morgan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 7, 1930, the only child of Clifton and Lila Merrill. At the age of three, her family moved to Medford and later Reading, Mass.
After graduating from Reading High School, she attended the Chamberlain School of Retailing in Boston and later became one of the first female tellers at the Seaman and Others Bank, now Salem Five. Her intelligence and wit won over her doubters, proving that she was just as capable, if not more, than the traditional male tellers.
In 1955, she married Calvin E. Morgan, with whom she shared 57 years of adventure, fun and love. Together they raised two daughters and shared an uncommonly rich relationship. Their marriage was a true partnership that survived and flourished even after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease nine years ago; her husband was a tireless and devoted caregiver until the end.
Morgan was a strong and independent woman, who faced life with pragmatic resolve. Her nature was to be a quiet and encouraging force, who was unfailingly non-judgemental and kind, always letting others shine ahead of herself.
Those who knew her will remember her as a talented musician and artist. But more importantly, she was a gifted creative thinker, well ahead of her time, and she encouraged others to be the same. She will be remembered for her sharp wit and ability to bring people to their knees with a well-timed quip. As her other faculties failed, Morgan’s laughter and dry sense of humor stayed with her.
Over her desk Morgan kept this quote from John F. Kennedy: “In our bodies we have the exact percentage of salt as exists in the ocean. Therefore we have salt in our blood, in our sweat and in our tears. And when we return to the seat to watch it or to sail on it, we are going back from whence we came.” She found her spiritual fulfillment on and at the edge of the sea and that is where she has chosen to be.
Morgan is survived by her husband Cal; daughters Tracie Morgan and Nancie Bogart; son-in-law Bruce Bogart; grandchildren Amanda MacQuarrie and her husband Brett, Heather D’Alessio, Nathan D’Alessio, Molly Bogart, Hannah Bogart; and great grandchildren Piper and Elijah D’Alessio.
The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff of Sedgewood Commons for their extraordinary care, friendship and compassion. They will hold a celebration of life in January to honor Morgan’s memory. In keeping with her tradition, the family requests that anyone wishing to do so, make an anonymous donation to a deserving individual, family or charity of their choosing.
Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.