Ethel ‘Ferne’ Morgan, a resident of Merrill Gardens in Gig Harbor, Wash., passed away from natural causes on Nov. 5, 2013, at the age of 97, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Omak, Wash., in 1916, to James Edward and Frieda Jaquish and had five siblings, Ottis, Rollin, James, Norma and Georgie (all of whom preceded her in death).
Ferne rode in a covered wagon school ‘bus’ from the family ranch above Omak for her first few years of school. Although Ferne worked on the family orchard and could climb trees, pick apples and ride horses, she was a woman of style.
She spent her early years working for the PUD in Okanogan, Wash., and she served on the Draft Board during World War II.
Russ Morgan finally convinced her to ‘settle down’ with him in 1952, and they were happily married.
Ferne loved the symphony, her miniature Dachshunds, sitting and ‘visiting’ with a single civilized Black Russian cocktail before dinner. She served her community by working at the local food bank in Gig Harbor. She cherished her family of friends and relatives, and she had a special knack for honoring each person on birthdays and Christmas.
Ferne never remarried after Russ’s death, and they had no children, but she leaves behind her nieces, Jackie Harvel, Janice (Amel) Yurdana, and Pat (Gary) Klepec; her nephews, Mike (Barb) Jaquish, John (Judy) Scacco; and all the children of each family. She was a second mother to all of us and we loved her so much.
She was devout Christian and an active member of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.