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Shirley E. Morong

August 14, 1908 September 1, 2011
Shirley E. Morong
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St. Albans, VT – Shirley E. Morong, 103, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2011. She was born in Bath, Maine, August 14, 1908, the daughter of Charles and Myrtie (Horton) Shepard. She graduated from Morse High School in Bath, Maine in 1925. She married Clifton S. Morong on June 30, 1934. He predeceased her in 2003. She was also predeceased by her son, Robert Morong; son-in-law, Raleigh Davis and brothers, Herman, Ernest and Charles. Her survivors include her two sons; Gerald Morong and his wife, Frances, of St. Albans and Wayne Morong and his wife, Camilla, of Hermon, Maine, her daughter, Joanne Davis of St. Albans and daughter-in-law, Isabel Morong, of West Bath, Maine along with her grandchildren, Jerri Bushey, Ronald Morong and his friend, Gale, Carol Lumbra and her husband, Jay, Connie Reed and her friend, Pat, Donald Morong and Ann, Bruce Davis and his wife, Lynn, Steven Davis and his wife, Ilia, Cheryl Davis, Deborah Davis and her friend, Bart, Wanda Mathews and her husband, Edwin, Jamie Nawinski and her husband, Chris, Thomas Morong and his wife, Deanne, Timothy Morong and his wife, Ann, and Melissa Hagget and her husband, Sam, as well as thirty-two great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Shirley was an accomplished writer. She had stories published in several magazines, including the Lighthouse Digest, Keeper Log and Quoddy Tides newspapers. She also wrote a column for many years for the National Fisherman’s Paper. She was an authority on lighthouses of the New England Coast. She spent much of her married life living in lighthouses as her husband was a Coast Guard Lighthouse Keeper. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Lubec Ambulance Service; all of Lubec, Maine and the Friends of Sequin Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Foundation. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, September 3, 2011, from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2011, at 2:00 PM in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Church Street, St. Albans. The Reverend Dr. Marguerite Gage will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Maine Seacoast Mission, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 or the Lighthouse Foundation, 464 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841-3376. Private messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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