Scarborough, ME – Zella W. Morgan, 87, of Scarborough died Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House following a short illness.
Zella was born on February 1, 1925 in Greenport, NY the youngest of eight children of the Rev. Albert S. & Rachel (Green) Woodworth.
She graduated from Plainfield (CT) High School in 1942 and while attending college in Tennessee met and later married Richard W. Morgan of West Haven, CT in 1948. They settled in West Haven and eventually Northford, CT where Zella served as organist at the Congregational Church.
While busily raising five girls and a son, Zella began at some time 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 and later found success as a freelance graphic artist while in Morristown, NJ. At that time she also attended, sang in choir and was secretary at Stanley Congregational Church in Chatham, NJ. Upon retiring with her husband in Texas she studied painting under John McClusky as a member of the Fredericksburg Art Guild.
Zella moved to Ocean Park in 1995 and enjoyed the past decade in good company with her many friends at Kaler-Vaill in Scarborough.
She is survived by five children: Joan Jeffery of Fredericksburg, TX, Joyce Morgan of San Diego, CA, Anne Morgan of Baltimore, MD, Gayle Epstein of Westbrook and Richard Morgan of Scarborough. She also leaves eighteen grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; her brother Nathan Woodworth of Simsbury, CT and sister Deborah Brown of Battle Ground, WA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Beth Morgan.
Zella will be buried beside her loving husband of nearly 45 years, in Oak Grove Cemetery, West Haven, CT, to be announced later this year.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Zella’s guestbook.