Celebrating the Life of Margaret Morse
August 25, 1909 – March 3, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 • 10:30 a.m. • Newberg Friends Church
Margaret Martha Morse was born on August 25, 1909, at home in Sweet Home, Oregon, to her parents, Jacob and Mathilda Nothiger, who had immigrated from Switzerland in the 1880s. She graduated from Sweet Home High School and was the last surviving member of the class of 1928.
Margaret met Curtis two years later in Sweet Home when he came to work on the railroad. He convinced her to attend Pacific College, now George Fox University, with him. So after a three-week courtship and a three-year engagement, and when Curtis graduated and Margaret had two years of college, they were married in 1933 at Newberg Friends Church at the rise of the meeting.
After the wedding they headed to Woodland, Idaho, and then to Weippe, Idaho, to start a Sunday school and to start a family. They lived in a cabin that Curtis built of rough-sawn lumber. Their sons—Sam, Paul, and Howard—were born while living there, and their daughter, Barbara, arrived after they moved to Lewiston, Idaho, in 1940.
In 1945, Margaret moved with the family to Greenleaf, Idaho, in order for the four children to attend Greenleaf Academy, a Christian high school. When most of the children were in high school, Margaret began teaching elementary school. She first taught 11 students in a one-room school house in Opaline, Idaho. After two years she began teaching at Homedale, Idaho, and then in 1960 they moved to Culver, Oregon. In the summer of 1965, after five years in Culver, they moved to Waldport, Oregon, where Margaret taught second grade until she retired eight years later.
Margaret and Curtis’s last move was to Newberg, Oregon, and then four years later moved into Friendsview Retirement Community, where Margaret enjoyed her garden for many years. She also enjoyed painting on china cups. Both Margaret and Curtis were involved in Volunteers on Wheels and traveled around to help with work projects to help those who had need.
In retirement, Margaret and Curtis found God blessing them with enough money to be able to donate some to George Fox University to construct a baseball field, which bears their name.
Margaret committed her life to God at age nine and was a devoted, never swerving, Christian for 98 years! She was a prayer warrior who spent many years praying and supporting missionaries around the world as well as her own family. She is held in highest esteem by many and, most of all, by her own children and family. Her beautiful smile will surely be missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis; parents, brothers Herman and Charlie; daughter-in-law Geraldine; and a great grandson, Devin.
She is survived by her children: Sam, Paul, Howard, and Barbara; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
We, her family, have been truly blessed to call her mother and grandma during her 107 years. She has been a godly example to us. We know she looked forward to heaven and seeing her Savior and loved ones and wondered many times why it wasn’t her time.
Memorial gifts can be made to Twin Rocks Friends Camp, P.O. Box 6, Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136.