Born September 5, 1930 in New London, Connecticut, Marie Anita Geyer was the daughter of Ralph and Irene (Clarke) Geyer. The family's residence was in Groton, where Marie's dad worked as a fisherman. Sadly, Marie's dad died when she was just eight years old, so she and her older brother, George, developed a special bond and learned to rely heavily upon each other. Marie attended and graduated from Robert E. Fitch High School. There she was a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Executive Board and Marching Band playing the flute and piccolo.
Upon graduation, Marie worked as a personnel clerk in the Industrial Relations Department at the Naval Submarine Base in New London. In May of 1953, she volunteered to be a hostess at a Memorial Day picnic at the YMCA. Little did she know, she would be meeting her future husband, Donnie Morgan. Donnie served in the Navy and put in a request to be on submarine duty, which landed him in New London.
After meeting, the couple continued to spend time together at club activities and began dating in groups for awhile. They often went out in Marie's new '54 Bel Aire Chevy. In early 1954, they got more serious and were engaged in May, setting a wedding date for September 11, 1954 in Noank, Connecticut. This seemed like the perfect date for the two to marry, however, Hurricane Carol "The Monster of 1954" hit the evening before. Despite mother nature, Marie and Donnie still managed to tie the knot postponing the wedding only by a couple of hours.
To support his bride, Donnie found employment as a Government Communication Specialist. New London was home for the couple for a few years before Donnie's career required them to move. Marie was always quite the adventurer packing up the family and establishing a new home with the different assignments, including many overseas. It was very important to Marie for her children to have special birthdays and holidays no matter where they lived. Therefore, she really outdid herself on these occasions- especially at birthdays and Christmas.
Upon Donnie's retirement, he and Marie moved to Bixby where they made their home for 32 years. Members of the Downtown Bixby Church of Christ, Marie led Bible studies and blessed others by delivering meals. She also enjoyed sharing her gift of singing at the church. Donnie served as an elder of the church and Marie supported him in this role for 18 years.
Marie had a knack for writing. She loved writing letters and others looked forward to receiving them. Her annual Christmas letter was always a hit. Marked by beautiful penmanship, her letters and cards are now a cherished keepsake.
Marie passed away June 5, 2018. She was 87. Those she leaves behind are: her husband of 63 years, Donnie Morgan; children: Donna Holloway, Tom Morgan, Suzie Billingsley and Nancy Schweikhard; grandchildren: Jodi Hodges, Tim and Ryan Morgan, Megan Walvoord, Brenda Deal, Wendy Billingsley, and Dan and Kayla Schweikhard; great grandchildren, Dameon Hodges, Lilia, Elise and Parker Morgan, and William and Emma Walvoord.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Geyer and Irene (Clarke) Geyer and brother, George Geyer.
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She was a fine Christian lady.....so sweet and precious. Blessed to have known her ….beloved by family and friends....Heaven has gained an angel. d kerr
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