Marlie Lee Morgan,94 of Eagle Rock, PA, was called home by the Lord on Sunday morning, March 7, 2021.
A beloved resident at Providence Place in Drums, PA since November 2019, she delighted in offering comfort and cheer, in her own upbeat and unique way, to residents and staff of the Connections (memory care) Unit.
Born in Wonsan, Korea in May of 1926, she was the only child of the late Lee Kai Nam and his wife, Kim Bok Sun.
She came to Eagle Rock from Charleston, SC, where she and husband William "Bill" Morgan had lived for many years. (Bill passed away in February of 2019.) Together they created a thriving business, Specialty Sewing of Charleston.
Marlie became an expert seamstress and dressmaker at an early age. She loved textiles, fashion design, interior design and upholstering, and studied professionally at a design school in Japan. It was often said with awe that she could do anything with a needle and thread. She was also a superb wife, mother, homemaker, and incredible cook.
She loved to learn and travel, and spoke three languages fluently. As a schoolgirl in Korea, she diligently studied English and Japanese, which served her well, interpreting for others in both school and business.
Upon leaving Korea, the couple settled in Bill's beloved state of North Carolina in the 1950's. Bill's dear mother, Sudie and the family welcomed them with open arms. Work duties transferred them up the east coast, while raising four daughters together: Jeanette, of Eagle Rock, PA, Estelle, of Santee, SC, Teresa, of West Chester, PA, and Angela, of Greenville, SC.
One of Marlie's proudest moments was becoming a U.S. citizen in the 1960's. She and Bill, a WWll veteran, treasured our personal freedoms as Americans, understanding firsthand the perils of communism. They fled Korea before the onset of the Korean War, and were forced to leave behind family and friends, to face uncertain fates. Marlie stressed the importance that every American had the right to be heard through their vote, and that our freedoms as Americans must never be taken for granted and deeply cherished. One of her daughters, very young at the time, recalls going to the polling place so Marlie could vote.
Every Sunday Marlie would smartly dress the girls up for church. Their relationship to God was very important to her, and the church was an extended family. She adored babies and children, and she always looked forward to nursery duty and teaching Sunday school.
Raising four girls during a time frame when Asian culture was not widespread in the US, a daughter marveled: "One of Mom's greatest legacies was bridging cultural barriers between East and West with those she met, making an indelible impression on them with her wit, charm, beauty and intelligence.
It was important to Marlie that her daughters experience culture through the fine arts, music and ballet. Music rang throughout the home, and she was always there to assist with sewing and Girl Scout projects.
I addition to the four daughters, surviving Marlie are: Jeanette's husband, Thomas Irwin, Teresa's husband, Thomas Morse, and Angela's husband, Robert Julich. Grandchildren include Thomas W.L. Irwin and wife, Kara, and Olivia and Chloe Julich. Her two great grandchildren are Gavin Vincent Irwin and Tegan Marlie Irwin.
Everyone who loved Marlie will always be inspired by her "joie de vivre" and should not be sad, knowing that she is joyfully with the Lord, and that we will one day meet again.
Thank you Marlie, for your legacy of inner strength, courage, determination and unconditional love!
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