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County Mourns Passing of Miss Fannie

Miss Fannie Ellen Morgan passes at the age of 104

fannieMcCreary County lost its beloved, oldest resident with the passing of Fannie Ellen Morgan at the age of 104 on March 31, 2016.

Miss Fannie Morgan, known for her infectious grin, quick wit, and dedicated work ethic, was endeared by many.  Born Fannie Ellen Angeline Morgan, she began her career with the McCreary County School System in 1932 by teaching all eight grades in a one room school at Mill Creek.  She was only twenty-one years old when she began teaching.  More than eight decades later, former students continued to visit her.  Fannie also taught at Sawyer, Layford, and Yamacraw schools.  Additionally, she served as bookkeeper and secretary at the McCreary County Board of Education and worked for twelve years in the Fayette County School System.

In 1974, Fannie began work as a bookkeeper for Winchester, Patton, and Burgess Clinic and continued to work there until she was just shy of 102 years young.  At the age of 100, Fannie still worked five days per week at the clinic.

Former coworker at the Clinic and friend, Fran Matthews, commented about the remarkable Miss Fannie.

“Miss Fannie Morgan was a treasure,” Matthews shared.  “She was a teacher at heart and dedicated her whole life to her church, her family, and her love of a good day’s work.  I had the pleasure of working with her for several years at Winchester, Patton, & Burgess where she was loved, admired, and respected for her amazing work ethic.  If you knew Miss Fannie, you loved her-you just couldn’t help it!”

In addition to working for over eighty years, Miss Fannie stayed active throughout her life by walking, and by being a member of the William Whitley Chapter DAR, Charles Gatliff Chapter SAR, McCreary County Retired Teachers Association, and the Whitley City United Methodist Church where she held the office of Treasurer for sixty-five years.

Fannie travelled extensively throughout her life, visiting the Holy land, South America, Hawaii, Alaska, and most of Europe.  Spain and Scotland were two of her favorite places to visit.

When asked to share the secret to her longevity and sharp mind, Miss Fannie attributed it to walking for exercise and staying active.  She also gave credit to having never married because she didn’t have to put up with a man!

Without a doubt, the quick-witted Miss Fannie will be missed.



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