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Virginia Pat Michaely Morrow

February 25, 1930 - October 18, 2021

Burial Date November 13, 2021

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I am Pat Morrow.  My parents named me Virginia Michaely, but I’ve always been called “Pat”. I was born in Philadelphia on February 25, 1930 and was the third in a line of 6 children. My sisters Jane (Moffett) and Ruth (Custer) are left.

Our Mom was gone by the time I was 6 years old.  Our dad, Raymond Michaely, moved us to Langhorne PA when I was 13. From the age of 6 to 13 we moved to various foster homes. I graduated from Langhorne High School now known as Neshaminy and dreamed of going to art school.  In those days, that was not to be.  After falling in love with Charles Morrow, we married in 1949.

We spent most of our lives in Langhorne, PA raising our 7 children.  Most of those years I spent as a full-time mom and homemaker, den mother, girl scout leader, Catholic church member and volunteer, a junior league member, PTA member, and all things family related. I guess I always volunteered in every way imaginable; cooking, sewing, hand holding, costume maker, peace maker, caregiver and steadfast supporter of Charlie.  When the children were older, I had a career as a bank teller at First National Bank of Newtown. I loved life and it seems people found my “ways” comforting.  We always had room for “one more” at our dinner table.

Charlie and I retired to Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia when our last child took flight. We treasured our time together for many years.  Being out in the Virginia Mountains made my heart sing while our church, community and extended family filled our lives.  I studied and became a CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteer in Franklin County VA. I was proud to be part of CASA and felt fortunate to touch so many young lives.

After Charlie Died in 2002, I eventually moved to be closer to some of our worldwide, scattered children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Our friends, neighbors and family loved my homemade apple pies, jellies and tollhouse cookies and I continued to love and support our children as best I could. I felt blessed by my lifelong friends and relished good books and music too.  The last 11 years of my life were spent back in the Langhorne area at Twining Village where I met many new friends and reconnected with family and old friends from the area.  I treasured all the many splendid souls who touched and brightened the wonderful journey of my life.

My immediate family is listed below. Unfortunately, I do not have room to list all my wonderful nieces, nephews, and friends whom I consider family as well.

Siblings:

Jack Michaely (deceased)

George “Mike” Michaely (deceased)

Mabel “Mickey” Reagle (deceased)

Ruth Custer (surviving) Levittown, PA

Jane Moffett (surviving) Huntingdon Valley, PA

Children – 7

Grandchildren – 17

Great Grandchildren – 18

Special Nephew – 1

Children:

Charles (Rick) R. Morrow, Jr. (Steilacoom, WA)

Spouse: Barbara Morrow

Child: Courtney (married to Michael)

Child: Lauren (married to Donny)

Grandchild to Rick: Jonah

Grandchild to Rick: Elijah

Patricia M. Cochran (Charlottesville, VA)

Spouse: Gordon Matthew

Child: Zack (married to Sarah)

Grandchild to Pat: Eliza

Grandchild to Pat: Preston

Grandchild to Pat: Ruthie

Child: Leah (married to Mark)

Child: Tyler (married to Kate)

Grandchild to Pat: Haydn

Grandchild to Pat: Oscar

Grandchild: Fiona

Child: Stephanie

Child: Genna

 

John J. Morrow (Marriottsville, MD)

Spouse: Cheryl Morrow

Child: John “Rob” (married to Courtenay)

Grandchild to John: Brooke

Grandchild to John: Abby

Child: Jennifer (married to Dave)

Grandchild to John: Ben

 

Michael R. Morrow (Warrington, PA)

Spouse: Beth Morrow

Child: Sean Morrow

Child: Brad (married to Danielle)

Grandchild to Mike: Connor

Grandchild to Mike: Eva

Child: Lauren (married to Adam)

Grandchild to Mike: Cullen

Grandchild to Mike: Olivia

Grandchild to Mike: Cameran

Child: Tim (married to Amanda)

Grandchild to Mike:  Emily

Grandchild to Mike:  Brooklyn

Susan J. Dick (Columbus, OH)

Spouse: Herman Dick

Child: Karl

Child: Sarah (married to Adam)

Child: Michael (fiancé Mallory)

Barbara J. Glover (New Hope, PA)

Spouse: Tom Glover

Child: Michaela (fiancé Piers)

Beth N. Morrow (Acworth, GA)

Spouse: Allison Kiamie

Nephew: Bob Lawrence

Spouse: Emma Lawrence

 

I left this life on October 18, 2021 to be with God and my Charlie too. I hope others are lucky enough to love and be loved as I was.

 

Memorial Service to be held at Holland Village, 280 Middle Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966, November 13, 2021 at 2 pm

Funeral Mass and internment will be held at Resurrection Catholic Church Cemetery, Moneta VA at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to either National CASA/GAL Association for Children or Habitat for Humanity.

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Originally looking for someone with the same name, I came upon this tribute, and had the pleasure of reading her story. It touched my heart, reminded me of how much mothers sacrifice, to be mothers. I’m sure she had these goals and dreams burning in her, she just wanted to get out. So much has changed, now we can be anything we want, and we owe it to our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers, not to just work our whole lives, but to actually have a career doing something you love for a living. She didn’t get that luxury, but thanks to her, her kids, grand kids, and great grandchildren will have that chance. Make her proud! With love, and admiration.

Posted by Angela on December 9, 2021

Dear Rick, Pat, and family, So sorry on the loss of your mom. She sure had a long, incredible life. Sending peace and prayers to you all. When I am in Langhorne and pass your old house, I still call it the Morrow house.

Posted by Lorrie Brady Topolin on November 5, 2021

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