Alice Tobey Morell
ONEONTA — Alice Tobey Morell, 75, of Oneonta, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.
She was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Norwich, the daughter of John and Mary Tobey of Afton.
Alice married Robert Morell in 1960, with whom she had a son, David.
She was a graduate of the Hartwick College Nursing Program in 1960, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and receiving her Registered Nurse (RN) license.
Nursing was her true joy in life which began at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in the maternity wing. She taught parent classes for many years, and delivered many children throughout the 1960s. In 1967, she went to work for Dr. Latcher and Dr. Eckman, two of the gynecologists in Oneonta, and spent 15 years working for them.
In 1985, she moved onto geriatric nursing at the Chestnut Street Nursing Home where she worked as a head nurse and supervisor until her retirement. After “retiring” she stayed active as a nurse by providing home care nursing for several years to families in the community. She was always proud of being a nurse and using her gifts and skills to help those in need.
Alice enjoyed many things in life outside of being a nurse: Her family and friends; being an identical twin; her son, David, and then his wife, Susan. She was overjoyed in recent years to spend time with her three grandchildren, Andrew, Bradley and Emily Morell.
She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Oneonta. Alice loved to make quilts which are found throughout her family, and made many for needy families.
Yearly she made homemade jam from freshly picked berries, was an avid reader of many different genres, and enjoyed collecting elephant, gnome, hot air balloon, and hummingbird decorations.
Alice is survived by her son and his wife, David and Susan Morell of Oneonta; three grandchildren, Andrew (13), Bradley (11), and Emily Morell (8), all of Oneonta; by her identical twin sister and husband, Irene and Ron Zablocki of Afton; her older sister, Ann Tobey of Aurora; nieces, Karen and Terry Zablocki; and great-nieces, Mary and Laura Richards of Norfolk, Va.
She was predeceased by her parents; and Robert Morell.
The family would like to thank all those at the Fox Nursing Home who have done such a wonderful job with Alice in the past four years, and a special thanks to Catskill Area Hospice and the volunteers who made her last months as comfortable as possible.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.
A service to celebrate the life of Alice Morell will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the First United Presbyterian Church (Red Door), 2 Walling Ave., Oneonta, with the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Walton-Leavitt officiating. Following the service there will be a luncheon in the fellowship hall.
Burial will be in the spring in the Glenwood Cemetery in Afton.
Memorial donations in Alice’s name may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Salvation Army of Oneonta, 25 River St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
To light a candle or send online condolences please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.