Florence Melder Morgan

Florence Melder Morgan, 94, of Kirkland passed away December 15 after an extended illness. According to her husband, Chuck Morgan, "she spent her last years at Cascade Vista Nursing Home in Redmond."

She was born June 20, 1910 in Rathrum, Idaho and lived in Kirkland since September 1946, moving here with her husband from California. Morgan lived in the Seattle/Tacoma area before graduating from Ballard High School in 1929. She later attended the University of Washington.

Florence and Chuck published the East Side Journal from 1950 to 1976 when it combined with the Bellevue American to form the daily Journal American. Today, the paper is known as the King County Journal.

Florence was a life-long member of the First Church of Christ Scientist. She was active in the PTA, Kirkland Business and Professional Women's Club, and the Altrussa Club, which installed Kirkland's first fountain in Marina Park.

She and her husband escorted groups worldwide for many years. The couple toured Europe and traveled throughout the United States after his retirement in 1976. Florence's mother was born in a London suburb which helped her form lifelong connections with relatives in England and New Zealand.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Charles O. "Chuck" Morgan; sons and wives, Douglas and Joyce Morgan of Wenatchee, Wash.; Greg an Elena Morgan of San Jose, Calif. and Tucson, Ariz.; grandsons and wives, Kevin and Stefani Morgan of Wenatchee; Brian Ginny Morgan of Greenville, Ill. She is also survived by four great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 13, 2 p.m., at the Kirkland Congregational Church. Arrangements and cremation are being handled by Bleitz Funeral Home of Seattle. Family markers are located at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle[[In-content Ad]]