In memory of
Martha Frances (Morrison) Emel
In memory of
Martha Frances (Morrison) Emel
Martha Frances (Morrison) Emel 1931 - April 15, 2020 Martha Emel died in Milwaukie, Ore., April 15, 2020 from complications of dementia. She was 89. She was born to John C. and Blanche Morrison in North Dakota during the height of the depression. As a young girl, her family moved west in search of a better life, eventually settling in Hubbard, Ore., in Marion County. She attended the University of Oregon and later what became the Oregon Health and Sciences University, earning a nursing degree in 1954. She spent most of her nursing career at the OHSU Hospital in Portland and maintained her nursing license until she retired at age 76. While attending U of O, she was introduced to Milo Emel by a mutual friend who quipped that they were the only two Democrats she knew, and they married in 1955. Milo and Martha lived in Portland and raised four children. Martha often volunteered her time to serve the community, including as camp nurse at the Camp Fire summer day camp, with the League of Women Voters, and the Clackamas County Senior Center. Martha always cared deeply about the environment and conservation, enjoyed gardening and reading, especially history and mysteries. She leaves behind her four children, Lynda (Carter Bentley), Suzanne, Alicia (Robert Welch), and Greg (Jenn MacDonald); two grandchildren, (William and Gwenyth); her brother, James C. Morrison (Jane Kestner); her sister, Kathleen Ziffer; numerous nieces and nephews; and her devoted nursing school classmates. We are very grateful to the staff of Madrona Grove at the Rose Villa Retirement Community for their care of Martha. A memorial is to be held at a later date when we may safety gather. Gifts in her memory may be made to the OHSU School of Nursing Scholarship fund, the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library, or the Nature Conservancy. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Martha Frances (Morrison) Emel
Martha Frances (Morrison) Emel 1931 - April 15, 2020 Martha Emel died in Milwaukie, Ore., April 15, 2020 from complications of dementia. She was 89. She was born to John C. and Blanche Morrison in North Dakota during the height of the depression. As a young girl, her family moved west in search of a better life, eventually settling in Hubbard, Ore., in Marion County. She attended the University of Oregon and later what became the Oregon Health and Sciences University, earning a nursing degree in 1954. She spent most of her nursing career at the OHSU Hospital in Portland and maintained her nursing license until she retired at age 76. While attending U of O, she was introduced to Milo Emel by a mutual friend who quipped that they were the only two Democrats she knew, and they married in 1955. Milo and Martha lived in Portland and raised four children. Martha often volunteered her time to serve the community, including as camp nurse at the Camp Fire summer day camp, with the League of Women Voters, and the Clackamas County Senior Center. Martha always cared deeply about the environment and conservation, enjoyed gardening and reading, especially history and mysteries. She leaves behind her four children, Lynda (Carter Bentley), Suzanne, Alicia (Robert Welch), and Greg (Jenn MacDonald); two grandchildren, (William and Gwenyth); her brother, James C. Morrison (Jane Kestner); her sister, Kathleen Ziffer; numerous nieces and nephews; and her devoted nursing school classmates. We are very grateful to the staff of Madrona Grove at the Rose Villa Retirement Community for their care of Martha. A memorial is to be held at a later date when we may safety gather. Gifts in her memory may be made to the OHSU School of Nursing Scholarship fund, the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library, or the Nature Conservancy. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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