Becky Morse, 88, of Harbor Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 28, 2013. She passed away peacefully at Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility, surrounded by her loved ones.
Becky was born on February 15, 1925, in Pittsburgh, PA to Adolf and Della (Lowther) Ries. Her mother put Alice Bettie on her birth certificate, but her father wanted her to be Becky, so that is what she was called her entire life. In one of her many picture albums she thanked her heavenly Father for making her a part of the Ries family and how proud she was of being a Ries. Her father passed away when she was two, and her mother moved her and her two sisters to Harbor Springs. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Luderick Welsheimer, whom she always referred to as "Daddy". She was especially close to her sister, Merlyn Tippett, Merlyn's husband, Marion, and their family. She graduated from Harbor Springs High School in 1943.
On June 20, 1943, Becky married the only man she ever loved, Howard Morse, in Harbor Springs. For 69 years they made their home in Harbor Springs, and they were inseparable. It is impossible to talk about Becky without mentioning Howard, too. Howard and Becky's love and devotion for each other was a model of what marriage should be and they were an inspiration to all who knew them. They raised their family in a Christian home and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her greatest joy. Becky was always taking pictures and she had numerous photo albums that are filled with pictures of her children and their children and grand children. She kept every picture, article, or other mention of family from the News-Review and Harbor Light. Becky attended every activity that her family was involved in that she could. Not just the countless sporting events, but plays, swimming lessons, school awards ceremonies, Christmas pageants, horse shows, and too many more events to mention.
Howard and Becky considered the Harbor Springs Schools and the community of Harbor Springs as family as well. They were a fixture on the top row of the bleachers in the gym and were the greatest of all Rams Fans. Their children's earliest memories include times in the gym at a basketball game, at Ottawa Field for football games, and at the baseball/softball diamonds. They attended games before they had children and grandchildren participating and continued going even when they didn't have family to watch. They watched countless hours of basketball, football, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, soccer, and volleyball. They were instrumental in the establishment of Pigtails Softball in Harbor Springs, hosting the league on the field at their home on Middle Road when it first began. They were elected as fans/supporters to the first class of the Harbor Springs Athletic Hall of Fame and were very proud of the plaque they received one year from Joe Flynn as the Coach's Award winner.
Another family that meant a great deal to Becky was her Bluff Gardens family. She worked for Leonard and Sophy Carpenter for 29 years and thoroughly enjoyed the many people she worked with and the customers that came into the Stand. She loved working in the kitchen making jams, jellies, and other treats with her co-workers.
Becky and Howard were active members of Stutsmanville Chapel for more than forty-five years. They were involved in Sunday School, marriage counseling, and as greeters at the door before church services. Becky also served on the Missions Committee and enjoyed the fellowship of preparing for potlucks and other church activities. She regarded the people of Stutsmanville Chapel as another family, numbering in the hundreds, and most of her closest friends were Stuts regulars. Howard and Becky touched the lives of many who passed through the doors of Stuts, and Becky's hugs will be sorely missed.
Becky loved nature and the outdoors. She cross country skied into her 80's and walked daily. She loved to pick up rocks on her walks and has a rather large collection. She grew flowers and worked with Howard in their garden. Her favorite times were going to Geoff and Marci's cabin in the U.P. or to visit family on camping trips. She was a very good swimmer and inspired her children's love of the water. She delighted in watching the birds in their feeders.
Becky is survived by her husband, Howard; her five children: Garth (Anne-Gaelle), Glen (Karen), Gary (Teri), Geoff (Marci) Morse and Lyn (Mike) Wenz; grandchildren: Kara (Chad) Wells, Mark (Mackenzie) Morse, Scott Morse, Katy Morse, Andrew Morse, Ashley (Scott) Kughman, Chad (Sienna) Wenz, Steffany (Kenny Young) Wenz, Joshua Morse, and Rebecca Morse; great-grandchildren: Grace Wells, Xaiver, Zaidee, and Aveleigh Kughman, Bentley and Alexis Wenz, and Myles Young; her sister Merlyn Tippett and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Becky was preceded in death by her father, mother, and stepfather as well as her sisters Verna Williams and Vivian Ries and brothers-in-law Wayne Williams and Marion Tippett.
Visitation will be at Stutsmanville Chapel in Stutsmanville on Thursday, May 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8: 00 p.m. The funeral will be held at Stusmanville Chapel on Friday, May 3, at 11:00 a.m.
The Howard Morse family would like to express our most heartfelt thanks to the unbelievably amazing caregivers at Bay Bluffs for their sincerely compassionate care for Becky and Howard. You are awesome!
We would also like to thank Chris and Sandy Petrowski for their love of, devotion to, and support of Aunt Becky and Uncle Howard.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family wishing to honor Becky's memory may donate to the Howard Morse Family in care of Lyn Wenz, 4454 Middle Rd. Harbor Springs, MI 49740.