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Suzanne Marie Morse-Hines UE, UELAC Central West Regional Vice-President.

Suzanne, (Sue), was born in 1948 in St. Thomas, Ontario, the oldest child of Betty Cartwright and Clifford (Red) Morse. Her birth record says she was born in St. Thomas but, in fact, she was born at what is now the St. Thomas airport. Following the war, there were a great many returning soldiers in need of medical care, and the old Memorial Hospital was too crowded pending the completion of the Elgin General so they moved all the maternity cases to the airport. Prior to the war, her father worked as a steeple jack and was a foreman on several airport projects, including the St. Thomas Airport. Sue finds this a little ironic as she was later born there.

Sue's parents grew up in the Aylmer, Ontario area, attending high school at East Elgin. After the war, her parents dated and were married in 1947. The family remained in Aylmer where her father co-owned a business with his childhood friend. Her father sold his share of the business in the early 1950s, and they moved to London for a short time before the family relocated to Calgary where they remained for nearly 10 years.

Just before leaving Ontario, Sue's sister, Elizabeth was born in 1952.

While in the West, Sue's mother began her music teaching career and was for many years a church organist and choir director. It was during this time that Sue began to study music, learning the piano and violin. Sue played violin in the Mount Royal Conservatory Jr. Orchestra, the conductor being a man named John Bach (apparently related to the Bach family).

In 1961, her mother's brother passed away, and the family made a decision that it was time to come home. The climate was a shock to the system, especially since they arrived in July. Sue spent the rest of that summer wrapped in a wool blanket. Humidity was not something she was at all used to, and to this day is not something she enjoys.

Sue and Elizabeth stayed with their paternal grandparents in the little village of Richmond while their parents found work and resettled in London. Living with her grandparents was like a step back in time. Her father's grandfather owned the home and was not yet ready for some of the modern conveniences. There was no inside plumbing, and there was no furnace. One used a pitcher and basin to wash, and bathed in an old copper tub. The initial shock of the outhouse was short lived as they got to know their grandparents and spent time meeting an entire village of Morse relatives. Spending time with her great-grandfather, who was something of a gentle giant, Sue remembers with great fondness. He thought himself very privileged in his almost 100 years to have seen the early days of the automobile and to have watched a man walk on the moon.

By that September, Sue and Beth were both enrolled at St. George's Public School in London. Sue went to Central Secondary for one year when the family moved to what was then the village of Byron, now just a part of west London. Sue then attended Westminster Secondary School where she was involved in student council and band. She continued with her musical studies: piano, organ and voice, sang in the choir and assisted her mother with the junior choir at St. Anne's Church in Byron. During high school Sue volunteered at what was then the Crippled Children's Treatment Centre and the Children's Psychiatric Research Institute.

In 1965, the family had a terrific surprise with the arrival of Sue's younger brother, Mark.

Sue's first full-time job was at Victoria Hospital in London, working as an administrative assistant in the operating room and later on the cancer unit. Sue was married in 1969 to Jake Lenders. They divorced in 1976, but have remained friends through the years.

In 1972, Sue and Jake began to work with the London Children's Aid Society in the residential program, working with adolescent boys. After the separation, Sue enrolled at the University of Western Ontario and worked full-time with the London CAS. When she graduated in 1982, she took a position with the St. Thomas Children's Aid Society where she continues to work in the field of child protection. Sue was married again in 1979 to AI Hines, but the marriage ended in 1985 when he returned to his home and business outside Canada.

In 1988, Sue and her parents decided to buy a home together in the hamlet of Sparta, Ontario. While living in Sparta and doing research on the family, Sue learned that members of her family had been married in the parlor of the home that at one time had been the Baptist parsonage. Sue's father died quietly at home in May 1995, and her mother died in hospital after a very short illness in 1998. After the death of her parents, Sue sold the home in Sparta and returned to London where she currently lives. In 2006 Sue's niece, Melissa, came to live with her.

Sue has been active in the community for many years, serving on a number of boards and organizations, including Mission Services of London, the St. Thomas Housing Authority, the Federal and Provincial Liberal Party, the Sparta Community Society, Elgin OGS, Elgin Children's Planning Council, and Elgin Children's Foundation. More recently Sue was newsletter editor, Vice-President and President of the Grand River Branch.

Research into family history has become a passion or, as her niece has suggested, an obsession. Sue began doing research when her maternal grandfather was still alive. After his 1969 death, she and her mother continued working on it together. Along the way, her father joined in. Sue has had an opportunity to walk in the places where her ancestors walked in various locations along the New England coast. The Cartwright family has its roots on the island of Nantucket about 1640 and before that in England. The Morse family was also from England, coming to the colonies in 1635 on the James. Neither her Cartwright nor Morse ancestors were Loyalists, however, many Loyalist families have married into these two families including: Williams; Buck; Bridgman; Buchner; Cook; Dowling; and Ogden, all of whom Sue is continuing to research, as well as others. She is hoping to have the book printed sometime before she finally retires, possibly in three years.
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Title Annotation:People: Behind the Scenes
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Geographic Code:1CONT
Date:Sep 22, 2013
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