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470 Massachusetts Avenue
PO Box 882
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: 978-263-5333
Fax: 978-263-8193
Susan Stemple Morris

Susan Stemple Morris

Friday, December 13th, 2019
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Susan S. Morris

July 5, 1957 - December 13, 2019

Susan S. Morris of Acton, MA, passed away in her home on the evening of Friday, December 13, after a multi-year fight with ALS. She was 62.

A proud mother of five and grandmother of three, Sue was born in Philadelphia, PA and later moved to Madison, NJ. She and her husband John settled in Acton, MA in 1986, where they raised a family and lived together for 33 years.

Sue exemplified quiet strength and intelligence. Always inclined to listen first and outwork the competition, she was a confident and respected leader who never bragged about her work or accomplishments. Rather, she focused on what she cared about most—her family, friends, and faith.

Sue and John loved each other the way many couples imagine marriage should be. They respected each other. They enjoyed each other, and they were naturally suited for each other. They demonstrated how love could be shown and felt in everyday living.

As partners, they made good parents. They raised five children who share Sue’s strength of character and conviction. Sue was selfless and generous towards everyone, always kind. If you spent time with her, she would never talk about herself, but always about the great things her children were doing. She was very proud of her family.

Ever honest, Sue was someone you could look to for an opinion. She was blunt, occasionally making her point with a dry sense of humor. Sue was a bit quiet, so these comments made an impression. Lighthearted and playful, she affectionately loved John and delighted in teasing him. She was a gracious hostess, but could also get away with abandoning her cleanup responsibilities.

In all areas of her life, Sue was focused and unflappable. She was strong in her faith, attending Roman Catholic Mass every week. She exercised consistently and played tennis weekly; like an accountant, she always remembered the score. She flossed her teeth each morning and night. She was a loyal friend and family member. She taught her children the importance of a good career, always supportive of their education. She was tough and resilient, yet relaxed, particularly calm for a mother of five.

She is survived by her husband John and her five children and their families: Kara Morris; Beth and Jay Motley; Julie Morris and her fiancé Bob Peiffer; Katie; and Kevin Morris and Lorena Flores. She leaves behind three grandchildren, Lilla, Lucia, and Jack, who was born on her birthday earlier this year; her brothers Don Stemple and Steve Stemple; her stepmother Ann Stemple; and a large extended family.

Visiting hours Friday, December 20th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington St., Acton beginning with the Vigil Liturgy at 5:00 p.m. followed by visiting until 8:00 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 21st in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Central St., Acton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association (webma.alsa.org or 685 Canton St. Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062) or Compassionate Care ALS (ccals.org or PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574). Both organizations are important to the family: the former funds research to eradicate ALS and both provided advice and home accommodations. Please make donations "in memory of Susan Morris" so the family can thank you. Memorial page actonfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 20th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    Address
    89 Arlington Street
    ACTON, MA 01720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association (webma.alsa.org or 685 Canton St. Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062) or Compassionate Care ALS (ccals.org or PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574). Both organizations are important to the family: the former funds research to eradicate ALS and both provided advice and home accommodations. Please make donations "in memory of Susan Morris" so the family can thank you.
  • Wake Service 1

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 20th, 2019 5:00pm
    Location
    Vigil Liturgy
  • Service

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    Address
    89 Arlington Street
    ACTON, MA 01720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Paul Sughrue
  • Interment

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, December 21st, 2019
    Location
    Mt. Hope Cemetery
    Address
    180 Central Street
    ACTON, MA 01720
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  • Reception

    Location
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center
    Address
    89 Arlington Street
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    Immediately following the burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

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Deni Rossman

Posted at 03:44pm
Sue will live in my heart, front and center, always has and always will. Sue improved every life she touched.
Quiet, elegant, wise, wide open heart, unpretentious, gentle, fully present for others, lovely understated sense of humor, hard working, so very smart, and yes, she wore her motherhood on her sleeve, so beautifully. If you knew Sue, you knew her children and their day to day lives, and you were always eager to hear more. Sue created and enjoyed a most beautiful family. And yes, fortunately for those around her, she adroitly left after dinner (where everyone was always welcome) clean up for others to manage.
Sue is an unlucky very lucky person - she did have it all. She was and is loved, deeply.
Thank you Sue. I miss you.
Deni
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pamela talbot

Posted at 02:25pm
Sue was my good "train gang" friend for decades.
I will really miss her good counsel and her dry sense of humor.
I am so sad.
John and kids - please know that Sue is always in my heart .
Love, Pamela
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