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.