Betty Joan Milam Morgan died on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi, after a brief illness. She was 82 years old.
Although Betty had resided most of her life in Carrollton, she had lived with her oldest daughter, Mary Ellen, in Ocean Springs, for the past three years.
Betty graduated from Greenwood High School and then attended Sullins College in Bristol, Va., where she majored in dance. Upon completing her studies at Sullins, she returned to the Greenwood/Carrollton area, where she was a popular dance teacher during the 1950s. Before attending Mississippi State University to major in education, she was employed by the ASCS and later became a social worker for the Carroll County Welfare Department.
After earning a bachelor's degree with honors and a master's degree from Mississippi State, Betty taught at Pillow Academy, Marshall Elementary School, and Carroll Academy. She was also inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for educators.
Before moving to Ocean Springs, Betty had been very active in the Carrollton community. An accomplished organist and pianist, she was the musician for the Carrollton Presbyterian Church for several years and was often called upon to play for programs and special events in the area. After joining the Carrollton United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school and served on various committees. In addition, Betty was a skilled floral designer and was a lifetime member and past president of the Cherokee Rose Garden Club. She also belonged to Carrollton bridge clubs and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. She was a member of the Evergreen Cemetery Association and had been an alderman for the Town of Carrollton, as well as a commissioner for the Mississippi Regional Mental Health Board.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Dora and Will Neill; a sister, Marjorie Milam Webb; and her husband, Jack Turner Morgan.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ellen Morgan of Ocean Springs, Susan Morgan Geissler and husband Will of Brandon, MS, and Maida Morgan of Atlanta, GA; a sister, Josephine Neill-Browning and husband Hardin of North Carrollton, MS; and a brother-in-law, Joe Morgan and wife Mary of Madison, MS. Betty also leaves behind four grandchildren-Andrea Powell Arguelles, William Powell, Elizabeth Powell Lee, all of Ocean Springs, and Rachel Geissler of Brandon-as well as five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at the Carrollton United Methodist Church.
Services will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the church, with interment at the Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty's memory may be made to the Carrollton United Methodist Church, the Evergreen Cemetery Association, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
An online guest book may be signed at www. wilsonandknight.com.