Marjorie Morel

Marjorie Helen Morel (Dee)

Tuesday, April 20th, 1920 - Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
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Marjorie Morel died peacefully at her home in Mount Airy, Maryland, on March 31, 2020, with her daughter Ann at her bedside. Born on April 20, 1920, in Painted Post, New York, she passed away just shy of her 100th birthday. She was the last surviving of 5 children of William and Helen Dee. Marge was the loving mother of six children, one of whom (Monica) died at age three. Surviving children are Mary Ingram (Kevin), Patricia Murphy-Lynch (Peter), Ann Morel, Christopher Morel, and Joseph Morel (Carol) plus 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was a registered nurse and joined the Navy Nurse Corps in WWII, serving as Lieutenant (jg) at the U.S. Naval Airbase in Kingsville, Texas. Following her military service, she attended Catholic University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education and met her husband and love of her life, Joseph M. Morel. Unfortunately, his life was cut short by a car accident in 1969. Marge continued to work in nursing until her retirement at age 70. She contributed to the local community extensively, supporting NET and health fairs, and providing years of nursing care visits to friends and neighbors.

Consistent with her Irish heritage, Marge’s home was always open, and everyone was greeted with a smile, her warm heart, her easy-going nature, and good homemade food. Throughout her life Marge reached out to others with compassion and loving care, and always with a dash of humor. For the last 65 years she was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Poplar Springs, where she served in many roles from teaching, to singing in the choir and playing the organ. She was a gifted artist, a wonderful cook, and loved singing and playing the piano. Marge loved animals and nature, and with her special touch anything she put into the ground flourished. She loved reading and had a unique talent with words, including an incredible ability to recite poetry and Irish limericks from memory. Throughout her life, Marge gave and received immense joy. Her love of family and friends will forever be cherished.

A celebration of Marge’s life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers or donations, she would most likely appreciate an act of kindness to be done for someone in need. For all who loved her, rest assured, Margie Dee will always be smiling down on us.
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Jeanne Beaton

Posted at 06:40pm
Growing up as a Harshman we were always at the Morel house. Our moms who were best friends for decades, even pregnant together, would be talking and drinking coffee in the sun room. We would be racing around playing with the Morel gang...wonderful times shared together. We had Thanksgivings, Easters, 4th of July parties, much fun. There was always something amazing to eat....especially her chocolate cake with the boiled chocolate icing. She was my Godmother and one of the sweetest and most loving people in the world. She will be missed by so many...especially the Harshman family. Much love to all of the Morels. Jeanne

Laura Crowhurst (Miller)

Posted at 11:22am
Growing up just a few houses away from Ms. Morel, I often found myself on her front porch, in the kitchen, or in the sun room, encouraged to practice the piano. We were always welcome and the colors of love, family and friendship always shown. A Mt. Airy memory of a model citizen and mentor I will always cherish.

Grace de Fries

Posted at 09:40pm
Dearest Marge Morel! Always with a smile and words of encouragement! The de Fries family holds a special place in our hearts and memories for the Morel family -from bus rides to St. John’s, to jaunts at Richland Farm, to shared puppies, mass at St. Michaels and always your Mom’s loving spirit. We send our deepest sympathies to Mary, Pat, Ann, Chris, and Joe,

Carol de Fries Posted at 09:49pm

My first thought after seeing this news, was of your Ma. Morel’s smiling face. She was so lovely and I know how hard it must be. My added prayers to all who loved your Mom. Carol

Mimi Gardner

Posted at 08:00pm
The best vacation from Beacon were spent in Mount Airy with Aunt Marge. She was always happy, loving, and had the best food! To Mary, Patty, Anne, Chris, and Joe- remember your mom with great happiness and joy! You are all in my prayers.

Robin Winkler

Posted at 06:22pm
Mrs. Morel was a favorite neighbor to the Winkler and Webb household for many years! Always kind and sweet and smiling. Never a negative word. This endeared her to us! She raised her children as caring individuals and we were happy to have gone to school with the well-mannered and gentle individuals that she raised. What a great family! The Winkler family sends their deepest sympathies to Mary, Pat, Ann, Chris, and Joe, but we celebrate with you a life well lived! Hugs to each of you!
Love to all,
Robin Winkler on behalf of my family

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