Pauline W. Morton Obituary

Pauline Winer Morton died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord, where she had lived for 15 years.

Mrs. Morton was born Nov. 25, 1908, in Quincy, Mass., to Nina Bates and Meyer Winer. She graduated in 1931 from the University of New Hampshire, where she was a member of the Home Economics Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Xi Delta sorority. In 1936 she married John O. Morton and moved to Concord. Her husband was the former commissioner of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of Transportation building in Concord is named for him.

Her summers were spent in Rye. She loved flowers and was a past member of the Concord Garden Club. She also enjoyed cooking and baking. She was a member of the N.H. Audubon Society and spent many hours birding along the shores of N.H. lakes and the ocean.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Hamil (David) of Las Vegas, and several nieces and nephews and their families.

WE REMEMBER: When Rye Reflections, an online magazine, started in the spring of 2005, she submitted articles she had written in a program taught by Fran Lyons at Havenwood called "Journey with Me." In a series called "Polly's Porch," she chronicled the purchase of a Victorian cottage on Concord Point in Rye from a 1946 meeting with the real estate person to the late 1990s. Her articles prompted an enthusiastic response from readers to which she responded, "I never expected to have this much fun at my age (96)."

Polly was an avid reader and in later years, when she was curious about what interested her great nieces and nephews, she read "Harry Potter."

She was a life-long learner and corresponded with her family by e-mail under the name Pomo 90.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church.

No service will be held. Interment will be at Blossom Hill Cemetery later in the year.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Road, Rye, NH 03870 or the Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 03870.