1927 – 2016

AUBURN — Ella J. “Flip” Morse, 88, of Scarborough, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Clover Health Center in Auburn.

Flip was born in Hanover on May 23, 1927, a daughter of Cyrus Clark Morse and Edna (Jordan) Morse Moxcey. She attended schools in Hanover and graduated from Gould Academy in Bethel in 1944. She received her registered nurse diploma from Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn., where she worked for many years after getting her degree. She also worked at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn., until the age of 62. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Windham, with a BSPA degree in 1983. In 1987, she moved back to Pine Point in Scarborough to retire.

Shortly after that, she returned to work at Pine Point Nursing Home in Scarborough and worked until she was 82. After retiring a second time, she returned to Pine Point Nursing Home as a volunteer until one year ago.

She also was an artist. Along with painting beautiful pictures, she had a side business/hobby of making painted sand dollar magnets that were sold at the Portland Headlight gift shop. Flip also enjoyed making intricate Christmas stockings for her family and friends.

She loved sports and belonged to a women’s softball team while living in Connecticut. She was also on women’s bowling leagues at both “The Big 20” in Scarborough and Vacationland Bowling in Saco until she was 86.

One of her favorite things was the ocean and she walked the Pine Point beach every week.

She is survived by her sister, Thelma Gaudet and husband, Edward, of Yarmouth; sister, Loretta Bryant of Rochester, N.H.; 16 nieces and nephews; as well as many grandnieces and grandnephews. She was also survived by her long-term companion, Lyn Heroux.

Flip was predeceased by her brothers, John Morse and Charles “Buster” Morse; and her sisters, Lilla “Tura” Martin and Patricia Morse Moxcey.

Flip was outgoing, fun and witty. She was loved by all who knew her. She will be deeply missed and will live on in our hearts forever.

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