Marguerite Morhouse

TICONDEROGA Marguerite "Margo" Ashley Morhouse, 90, of Ticonderoga and Upper Jay, NY, died of congestive heart failure, Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at the Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home of Burlington, Vermont, where she was undergoing rehabilitation, following hip replacement surgery. Born in Ausable Forks, New York, on January 29, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Yando) Ashley. She was a graduate of Ausable Forks High School. After completing business school in Plattsburgh, NY, she worked in banking and insurance offices. She later served as Director and President of E.J. Monroe, Inc., a wholesale plumbing supply company. Mrs. Morhouse was an active volunteer with the Essex County Mental Health Association, with the Gray Ladies at Moses-Ludington Hospital, and within the First Congregational Church of Ticonderoga. She was a member of the Ticonderoga Country Club and the Episcopal Church of the Cross of Ticonderoga. She supported many organizations including several dedicated to the preservation of Lake George. Her most visible public service was with her husband, L. Judson Morhouse, in support of Essex County, the New York State Thruway, the Lake George Park Commission, and the Republican Party at local, state, and national levels. Offices she held included president of the Republican Women of Essex County, vice-chairman of the Essex County Republican Committee, first vice-president of the Federation of Women's Republican Clubs of New York State, and Federaton Conference Chairperson. She participated in several state and national Republican Conventions. A gracious hostess in her public life as well as in her home, she was an excellent cook. Although she had many hobbies, she was most noted for her prolific, beautiful needlework. She is survived by her daughter, Jane Morhouse Breiseth and husband Christopher of Hyde Park, NY; her son, Thomas Judson Morhouse and wife Susan of Ticonderoga, NY; her son, Sanford William Morhouse of Summit, New Jersey; her daughter, Wendy Morhouse Sanborn and husband Charles of Canterbury, New Hampshire; thirteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her husband, L. Judson Morhouse, her daughter, Anne Morhouse Chace, her daughter-in-law, Robin Gaul Morhouse, and her brothers, Clifford Ashley and Francis Ashley. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at the Episcopal Church of the Cross of Ticonderoga. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad, Ticonderoga, NY 12883; the Benedictine Foundation, 14299 Benedictine Lane, Ridgely, Maryland 21660; the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 302, NY, NY 10006; or the Southwest Baltimore Charter School, 31 South Schroeder Street, Baltimore, MD 21223. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home of Ticonderoga.

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