Betty HG Morgan

May 26, 1938 ~ March 20, 2022 (age 83)


Betty Holt Griffith Morgan, 83, passed away on March 20th. Born May 26th, 1938 in Tipton Hill, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the Reverend Holt and Mildred Griffith. The first person in her family to graduate from college, she studied library sciences at East Tennessee State University, and served as a teacher in the North Carolina school system for nearly two decades. In 1974, she married her husband, the Reverend Richard Morgan V, in a church she had designed and built, and wearing a dress she had made herself. She and Richard moved to Rhode Island in 1985, where she raised her children, Roanna Morgan Burnell and Richard Owen William Morgan, in a home filled with love and encouragement. Betty continued her work as an educator in the Westerly Public Schools, serving as a librarian at Tower Street and State Street Schools for more than fifteen years, and being named Teacher of the Year multiple times. She was a lover of flowers, and a hater of bagpipe music. She baked zucchini bread, and faithfully cheered the Red Sox and UCONN women with her soft southern accent. A quiet woman with a loud impact, she served as a Sunday school teacher, and treated everyone according to her religious beliefs of charity and empathy, but never with judgment. A 36-year survivor of breast cancer, she passed away peacefully on the first day of spring, surrounded by laughing family and friends, and watching March Madness.

Betty is survived by her husband of 48 years, her sister Jane Salyer, her children, her son-in-law Robert, her daughter-in-law Caitlin, and her four beloved grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 26th at 11am at Christ Church, Westerly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Christ Church, in Memory of Betty Morgan.

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March 26, 2022

11:00 AM
Christ Episcopal Church
7 Elm St.
Westerly, RI 02891

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