GENEVA- Constance C. Morse, (Grandma HooHoo) age 91, passed away on Tuesday (July 14, 2015) surrounded by her loving family.
Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday (July 17) at the Palmisano-Mull Funeral Home LLC, 28 Genesee St., Geneva. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (July 18) at the Lyons Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Palmyra Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Kurt W Simmons Foundation, 17 Sunset Dr., Lyons, N.Y., 14489, or the Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. Seneca Falls, N.Y., 13148.
Constance was born on May 18, 1924 in Newark, and was a daughter of the late Leslie LeRoy and Florence (Reeves) Clark. Connie graduated from Newark High School, Class of 1942 and from Finger-Lakes Community College with an Associate's Degree. Her career path included working at Bell Aircraft during WWII (she also attended the USO dances), New York Telephone Company, Newark Hospital (as a switchboard operator), she was a Counselor at FLACRA, and worked for Tops Markets in price comparing. She is a past president of the New York State Federation of Republican Women (7th Judicial District). She also served as a past President of the Women's Rights National Historical Park. She was an elections inspector for many years. She was very involved in community, church, and family. She established "Parents without Partners" in Lyons in the 1960's. She served as a Deacon in the church and was part of the Geneva Presbyterian Women's Golden Circle. She also sang in the church choirs at both Geneva and Lyons Presbyterian Churches. Connie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 396 in Geneva, and a Girl Scout Leader for years. She was an amazing spirited mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her energy and caring will be missed by all and she would be happy to know that the things most important to her would be carried on by all who knew her: love, compassion, caring, and empathy for fellow human beings. She raised three daughters making sure they experienced church, camping, girl scouts, 4H, music and family. There is nothing she wouldn't have done, or didn't do for her girls. Her grandchildren experienced her zest for new adventures, and her curiosity for nature. She always believed in their potential and encouraged that potential. Her 11 great grandchildren provided her with many hours of hugs, kisses and hours of joy: Preston, Nicholas, Ella, Jack, Sophia, Reagan, Ryleigh, Olivia, Dylan, Molly, and Cohen.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn (Ian) Barclay of Marion, Gayle Gunter of El Paso, Texas and Margaret (Scott) Simmons of Lyons; sisters, Wilma Murphy of Rochester and Beverly (Rockne) Burns of Cape Vincent, N.Y.; grandchildren, Kristin Cataldi, Branden Barclay, Kara El Gohary, Bryan Gunter, Erika Northrop and Rachael Haher; 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of children that referred to her as "Grandma HooHoo."
Constance was predeceased by her husband, Harry Morse; brothers, Horton Clark and Richard Clark and grandson, Kurt Simmons.
Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.palmfhfuneral.com.