Sheila McMorrow-Tuttle
1947 – 2009
PORTLAND — Sheila McMorrow-Tuttle, 61, of Long Point, Harpswell, lived until the moment she died on June 20, at Maine Medical Center.
A courageous lover of life and intrepid traveler, she gracefully joined the earth in turning toward the sun on the eve of the summer solstice.
She was born on Nov. 26, 1947, the fourth of 14 children to Joe and Eileen McMorrow of Lewiston.
She was a graduate of Lewiston High School and Andover College. She enjoyed a rewarding career working with Dr. Fife and at Maine Medical Center. Because of her early experiences at Maine Med and lifelong connections there, she held the deepest reverence, respect and gratitude for her friends there.
She had an uncanny curiosity about life. She asked who, what, when, where, why and how at every corner. When her passion for people and travel took her to Europe in the early 1970s, she became a connoisseur of the finer things in life. She especially loved Ireland and Greece for their traditions and culture. It’s well-known that she left no stone unturned on that adventure, not even the Blarney stone. Because of her gift of connecting with people, she was easily welcomed into homes and graciously learned the local customs, stories, and recipes. So when she beamed like Zorba the Greek, while serving spanikopita, everyone had reason to cheer YASOUS!
On the 6th of May, 1978, she married Stewart M. Tuttle. Together they created the coziest of seaside homes.
She was a voracious collector, and loved going to her brother Jody’s auctions. She had a keen eye for the gem, the jewel, and the treasure. She loved to get a “deal” and savored not only the goodies, but of the value of the history and memories behind them.
She set the bar for excellence high. In spite of her 35-year journey with cancer, she walked tall, always looked fabulous and lit every room she entered with the warmest of smiles. She lived by wonderful example in how she always went the extra mile, down to the smallest detail. Whether she was tending to her beloved animals with just the kind of love and attention they needed, finding the perfect spot for her peonies to thrive or the exact bird seed for the chickadees and the finches, she took the time to make it right.
She loved her family and friends and had a unique gift of supporting and nurturing each one in their passions/pursuits. She possessed the gift of making every day a holiday and every meal a banquet. She will be fondly remembered for her special little finishing touches, her love of “only the best olive oil,” and for protecting her precious wild May flowers.
She is survived by her husband, Stewart M. Tuttle of Harpswell; Greg McMorrow and family of Thorndike, Mary McMorrow-Adams and family of Southwest Harbor, Peggy McMorrow-Pulsifer and family of Minot, Jody McMorrow and family of Mechanic Falls, Brendan McMorrow and family of Freeport, Matt McMorrow and family of Oxford, Chris McMorrow and family of Waterville, Torie McMorrow-Hallock and family of Southwest Harbor, Patrick McMorrow and family of Auburn, and Kate McMorrow of Camden.
Her brother James Valentine McMorrow and parents Joseph and Eileen McMorrow predeceased Sheila.

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