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Mary Notley Morse

Obituary for Mary Notley Morse

November 11, 1920 - May 4, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 96


Mary Morse was born in Teague, Texas in 1920, the elder of the two daughters of Llewellyn and Mary Ettie Notley. Her father was superintendent of the Teague public schools.

Mary was valedictorian of her 1937 Teague High School graduating class. She attended the University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941. While at UT, she was a member of Plan II and Phi Beta Kappa.

She married Fred Morse, Jr. after graduation in 1942. Mary taught high school algebra in Grand Prairie and Orange, Texas until Fred entered the army during World War II. She then joined the United States Navy and entered Officer's training at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was commissioned as an ensign and studied meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After completion, she served as a weather officer at the Norfolk, Virginia; Lakehurst, New Jersey and Jacksonville, Florida naval air stations. Mary left the service in 1945 as a lieutenant junior grade.

After the war, she and Fred returned to Austin where Fred became a savings and loan banker with the Mutual Savings Institution. She entered graduate school at the University of Texas where she studied government for a year before embarking full time on raising a family. She was active in civic affairs and was on the boards of the Austin Symphony, the Junior League, the Settlement Home for Children and Recording for the Blind. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Texas System's Chairman's Council and a member of St. David's Episcopal Church, the Headliner's Club and Westwood Country Club.

She was married for sixty-seven years. After Fred's death, she pursued her love of travel. She visited many places throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She was devoted to her grandchildren and enjoyed taking them on trips with her, inspiring in them a similar desire to see the world. She supported and encouraged them to pursue their own adventures as they got older, and to be as curious, kind and capable as she was.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister Anne Phillips. She is survived by her sons Fred Morse, III and Scott Morse; her granddaughter Clara White, husband Daniel White and their children; granddaughter Carol Morse and husband Luke Auld-Thomas; and grandson Park Morse.

The family will have a private graveside service. Mary will be buried next to Fred at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. For those wishing to do so, memorials may be given to St. David's Episcopal Church or to the Settlement Home for Children

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  • For those wishing to do so, memorials may be given to St. David's Episcopal Church or to the Settlement Home for Children

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