Zella W. Morgan, 87: Devoted mother and artist

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SCARBOROUGH — Zella W. Morgan, 87, died Feb. 7 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House following a short illness.

She was born on Feb. 1, 1925, in Greenport, N.Y., the youngest of eight children born to Rev. Albert S. and Rachel Woodworth.

Morgan graduated from Plainfield (Connecticut) High School in 1942 and while attending college in Tennessee, she met and later married Richard W. Morgan of West Haven, Conn. They settled in West Haven and eventually Northford, Conn., where she served as organist at the congregational church.

While busily raising five girls and a son, she began to hone her talents in acrylic painting and pen and ink drawing. With a keen eye for detail, she designed unique note cards, prints and hand-painted porcelain. She later found success as a freelance graphic artist while in Morristown, N.J. At that time she also attended, sang in choir and was secretary at Stanley Congregational Church in Chatham, N.J.

Upon retiring with her husband in Texas, she studied painting under John McClusky as a member of the Fredericksburg Art Guild.

Morgan moved to Ocean Park in 1995 and enjoyed the past decade in good company with her many friends at the Kaler-Vaill retirement community in Scarborough.

She is survived by five children, Joan Jeffery of Fredericksburg, Texas, Joyce Morgan of San Diego, Calif., Anne Morgan of Baltimore, Md., Gayle Epstein of Westbrook and Richard Morgan of Scarborough; 18 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother, Nathan Woodworth of Simsbury, Conn.; sister, Deborah Brown of Battle Ground, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

Morgan will be buried beside her husband of nearly 45 years in Oak Grove Cemetery in West Haven, Conn. Burial will be announced later this year.

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