Grace Morse, 79, of West Lebanon, N.H., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 in her home surrounded by her loved ones after a long battle with Congestive Heart Failure.
She was born Sept. 14, 1939 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. to Gerald Brown and Eunice (Peck) Brown. Grace graduated from Danville High School in 1957. She attended Burdett School of Business in Boston, Mass. After graduating she spent time working in Boston at Otis Elevator Company as an accountant. Grace married Roger Morse of Hanover, N.H. in August of 1961.
In 1962 she began her career at Dartmouth College, spending the majority of her years in the Earth Science Department. For over 40 years, Grace was an essential part of the department for faculty and students alike. She will be remembered fondly for the hundreds of lives she touched with her gestures of kindness and support, always providing advice or a shoulder to cry on.
Grace was a loving daughter, wife, sister and mother as well as a friend to many. She was considered the center of the family. In her younger years, she would attend Celtics games in Boston with her son, Dana and her mother who were all avid fans. Grace was a special woman who was caring, generous and kind to everyone she met. Grace and Roger enjoyed traveling, dancing, camping and going to plays, concerts and films. Grace enjoyed knitting, cross stitching and quilting. She loved playing games and spent Friday evenings and Wednesday afternoons playing cards with a close group of friends. Grace loved board games and puzzles some of her favorites were Upwards and Scrabble. She could often be found putting together puzzles in her living room and most recently on her iPad. As a grandmother she was the biggest fan of her grandchildren. She attended their events and performances and helped them succeed in any way possible.
Grace is survived by her son Dana Whitney Morse and wife Liza of Lebanon, Maine: daughter Darcy Elizabeth (Morse) Emerson and husband Jason of Lebanon, N.H.; niece Katrina Teeter who lived with the family for several years while growing up; five grandchildren, Matthew Morse of Lebanon, N.H., Ashley Morse of Sanford, Maine, Emily Morse of Lincoln, N.H., and Sophia and Olivia Emerson of Lebanon, N.H.; three great grandchildren Aubrey, Reagan, and Sadie; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including lifelong friends Allan and Carol Campbell and her extraordinary friends and caretakers Jim and Holly Burnham. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Roger, her parents and her sister Gwendolyn Rovas and Diane Gadapee as well as her brother William (Billy) Brown.
Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. at the West Lebanon Congregational church, 18 Maple St. in West Lebanon. Family and friends are invited for a gathering with light refreshments after the service. A private burial will take place in the spring of 2019.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Roger and Grace Morse Fund at Dartmouth College (checks should be payable to Department of Earth Sciences and mailed to 6105 Fairchild Hall, Hanover, NH 03755- specify Morse fund); or to the West Lebanon Congregational church.
To view an online memorial and or send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.rand-wilson.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, N.H.