In Loving Memory of Paula Morgan
Our Beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother
Born May 10, 1930, in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Deceased June 1, 2023
Paula Morgan was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 10, 1930, daughter of Stanley and Thelma Richmond. Paula is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clifford Rees Morgan. She is survived by her three children, Wendy Thetford (Lindsay), Cindy York (Stanford), and Rees Morgan (Jill), her grandchildren, Lindsay Thetford Black (Steven), William Thetford Hodge (Scott), Paige Morgan, Bryce Morgan, and great grandson Morgan William Black, along with her many dear friends.
As a young child Paula enjoyed golf and became the City Junior Golf Champion. Paula attended and graduated from Kathryn Gibbs Secretarial school in Boston, Mass. After graduation, she worked at the campaign election headquarters for Dwight D. Eisenhower where she met the love of her life, Clifford Rees Morgan, a Welshman from Holyhead, Wales. Clifford had recently returned from WWII serving in the US Navy and was registering to vote. It was love at first sight! An engagement soon followed. They married on September 4, 1954, at the Jackson, MI, Country Club. They honeymooned in Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, VA.
Paula and Clifford moved to Lakeland, Florida, raised a family, and opened the Clifford Morgan Insurance Agency. The business was very successful and provided a wonderful life for the family. Their hard work ethic was passed onto their children. They both were very involved in their community. Paula was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for several decades both in Lakeland and Augusta (College Hill) and served in several leadership positions through the years. She was also an avid antique collector and a member of local Antique Clubs and local Book Clubs. She was the first Deacon appointed at Chapel in the Grove Church and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland. An avid hot tea drinker, she loved to entertain friends and host parties. She especially loved her summers vacationing to “Paula’s Perch” in the North Georgia Mountains where she painted miniature Christmas village houses. Her work was often featured in regional magazines.
Paula was also an accomplished children’s book author writing about “Emily Evergreen” and her exciting adventures. She wrote many poems, attended book signings and visited schools reading her well-loved books. Paula was a huge ice-skating fan and attended many ice- skating events across the country.
Paula enjoyed researching the family’s genealogy and belonged to a variety of genealogy clubs. Her monthly calendar was always filled with activities, meetings, and club events.
After retiring, Paula and Clifford moved to Augusta, GA to be closer to Wendy, their eldest daughter and grandchildren. It was here she joined Aldersgate Methodist Church. She enjoyed the Augusta Newcomers Club and monthly local Book Clubs. Her family and friends will miss her dearly and cherish the many fond memories of Paula Morgan.
The family invites friends of Paula Morgan for a Memorial Service on Thursday, June 8 at 2 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Georgia, with a reception to follow at the church.