Patti Ruth Morton

1923-2017

Patti Ruth Morton-beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and avid tennis player-passed away peacefully on December 9, 2017 at the age of 94.

Born to David and Bernice Young in Oklahoma, Patti, her sister Jean, and her brother David, spent most of their childhood in Liberty, Texas, where their mother and father owned and edited the town’s newspaper. An energetic athlete and talented painter, Patti went on to major in Art at Sam Houston State University, where she met her husband, George Lee Morton, aka “Moose,” and was known for her competitive spirit, especially when playing powder puff football. During WWII Patti served in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, while Moose fought as a Marine in the Pacific. Patti went on to earn her Masters in Fine Art at Sam Houston and married Moose in 1945. The two worked in education, while raising four children, Skot, Ty, Drehlaine, and Tierni.

Patti taught Physical Education at Pasadena and Texas City High Schools, as well as at Galveston’s Ball High, and was instrumental in developing and implementing special education programs in the Galveston Independent School District. In 1963 the Morton family moved to Huntsville, Texas, where Patti taught Modern Dance and Physical Education at Sam Houston and wrote the University’s fight song. In the late 1960s she started a private kindergarten, Kiddie Kollege, which she ran for several years.

In the early 1980s, Patti and Moose returned to Galveston Island, where together they built a home on the water. Patti filled her days with tennis, painting, dance, volunteer work, and caring for her family and friends. She will long be remembered for the many letters she sent to those she loved, always written in beautiful script and filled with clever little rhymes. A woman of beauty, humor, style, and determination, she will be missed by many, and forever loved by her family.

Patti is survived by her husband, Moose Morton, her daughters, Drehlaine Hatch and Tierni Sager, and six grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on March 10, 2018. Please call (409) 457-4710 for further details.

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