Dolores “Maizie” Morse, 69

D olores Anne “Maizie” Morse, age 69, passed away on February 19, 2012 at Glens Falls Hospital.

Maizie was born on September 6, 1942 in Granville, New York, the daughter of Stephen and Viola (Carangio) Mullen.

Maizie was a graduate of Granville Central School and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont.

Maizie was a longtime president of the Hartford Faculty Association, serving many terms throughout the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. She was a delegate to the very first NYSUT convention and continued to serve as a delegate for some 25 conventions until she retired in June of 2000.

Maizie was a contract negotiator for every contract until she retired and always participated in a spirit of what would be fair and equitable for all. She believed fiercely in contract language and her personal contracts were often underlined, highlighted and taped together before they expired.

In her retirement, Maizie continued to be involved as an ambassador to Retiree Council 10 and to serve as president of the Hartford Retired Teachers, which she helped to organize. She believed in the power of a group voice and kept her retired colleagues informed on the latest issues in education.

Most of all she was an educator for 34 years, who believed that education was the gateway to all sorts of opportunities. She had a no-nonsense approach to learning but her students would often recall that she encouraged them to exceed their own expectations. She never believed people had limitations and encouraged everyone to reach beyond what they imagined they could do. She was one of a kind and the education community will miss her.

Maizie was an avid bowler. She was a member and past president of the WBA. She was well known throughout the area for her tournament participation. Maizie was inducted into the GFWBA Hall of Fame in June 2000. Just last week she had bowled a 748. Her personal achievements in the sport were numerous.

She was also a passionate participant in politics. She served as a past president of the Washington Co. Women’s Republican Group and as a past chair of the Republican Committee representing Granville.

Maizie had a very strong, faith-filled life. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Granville. She served for many years on the Parish Council. She was a lector and religious education teacher as well. Her kindness and caring for all were a testament to her faith and service to God. Maizie was also a member of the Catholic Daughters.

After her retirement she never had an idle moment. Maizie was a very active member in the Granville Senior Citizens Club, enjoying many activities and outings with the group.

And last but certainly far from least, she was not only a beloved friend to many but an amazing mother, grandmother and sister.  She enjoyed nothing more than traveling with her family and friends.

Whether it was to Syracuse University for a football or basketball game, West Point for an Army game, NYC for a Giants game, the beach, or just to see someplace new, she was always up for an adventure.

In addition to her parents, Maizie was predeceased by a brother and sister in law, John and Barbara Mullen, and a daughter in law, Wendy Parker. Survivors are her children: Debbie Liebig and her husband Greg of Granville, David of Queensbury, Damian and his wife Dawn of Granville and Robert Morse and his wife Jackie of Bayside, NY, and grandchildren: Gregory, Jacob and Samantha Liebig, Damian Parker Jr. and Matthew. She is also survived by a brother Dominic Mullen of Granville and her former husbands, David Parker of Granville and Robert Morse of Hartford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 23 Bulkley Ave., Granville, NY, with the Rev. Joseph Arockiasamy officiating. Burial will be in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Maizie’s memory to the Granville Food Pantry, PO Box 352, Granville, NY 12832, the Granville Rescue Squad, PO Box 153, Granville, NY 12832, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 23 Bulkley Ave., Granville, NY 12832 or the Granville Senior Citizens 7 Morrison Ave., Granville, NY 12832.

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