Nancy Mor­ris

Record Observer - - Obituaries -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Nancy Rus­sell Mor­ris of Ch­ester­town died peace­fully Sun­day, Aug. 7, 2016 in her home with her fam­ily at her bed­side. She was 78.

She was the only child of Frances Richard­son Rus­sell and Emer­son Rus­sell of Ch­ester­town. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Ch­ester­town High School, Class of 1955, Nancy at­tended Union Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal School of Nurs­ing in Bal­ti­more. She grad­u­ated as a reg­is­tered nurse in 1958.

Once her chil­dren were grown, Nancy re­turned to school and earned a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in nurs­ing with hon­ors from Wes­ley Col­lege in Dover, Del. She also did ad­vanced stud­ies at Johns Hop­kins School of Men­tal Health & Hy­giene in Bal­ti­more.

Nancy worked at Union Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal from 1958 to 1967 and at what was then known as Kent & Queen Anne’s Hos­pi­tal in Ch­ester­town from 1967 to 1993. She helped de­velop and man­age the first Coro­nary Care Unit and the first Crit­i­cal Care Unit at Kent & Queen Anne’s Hos­pi­tal. She was the nurs­ing di­rec­tor from 1983 un­til her re­tire­ment in 1993.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from Kent & Queen Anne’s Hos­pi­tal, Nancy worked as a qual­ity im­prove­ment con­sul­tant with Kent County Home Health & Hospice and sub­se­quently be­came the first ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Kent Hospice Foun­da­tion. She re­tired from the foun­da­tion in 2001.

In re­tire­ment, Nancy be­came an ac­com­plished golfer and an ador­ing grand­mother.

Nancy served on the boards of Ch­e­sa­peake Health Plan­ning Sys­tem, Mag­no­lia Hall Nurs­ing Cen­ter, Ch­ester River Yacht & Coun­try Club, the Heart As­so­ci­a­tion of the East­ern Shore, the Hospice Net­work of Mary­land and the Kent County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

She was a mem­ber of the Union Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal School of Nurs­ing Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of Kent County, St. Paul’s Par­ish-Kent and Old Kent Chap­ter of the Na­tional So­ci­ety Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion. At the time of her death, she was serv­ing a third year as re­gent of the NSDAR-Old Kent Chap­ter, was a mem­ber of the St. Paul’s Par­ish al­tar guild and was an ac­tive vol­un­teer with the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety’s Bord­ley His­tory Cen­ter in Ch­ester­town.

She was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents and her hus­band, Al­bert R. Mor­ris.

Her first mar­riage to Em­mett F. McGee Sr. ended in di­vorce.

Nancy is sur­vived by daugh­ters Pa­tri­cia K. McGee of Ch­ester­town and Mary Theresa McGee (Dioica) of Mis­soula, Mo.; sons Em­mett F. McGee Jr. and his wife Karen and Ti­mothy Rus­sell McGee and his wife Jill, all of Bal­ti­more; and four lov­ing grand­chil­dren, Conor McGee of Brook­lyn, N.Y., Samantha McGee of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., El­iz­a­beth McGee of Bal­ti­more and An­drew McGee of Bal­ti­more.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests that do­na­tions in Nancy’s mem­ory be made to Com­pass Re­gional Hospice Inc., 255 Comet Drive, Centreville, MD 21617.

Ar­range­ments by Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Fu­neral Home, Ch­ester­town.



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