Jenifer Ann Morgan, 84, died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 15, at her home in Celo. Jenifer was a gifted listener and a caring friend to the many people who relied on her comfort and wisdom.
Jenifer was a tireless advocate for people, families and social justice. A social worker and community organizer, she moved permanently to Yancey County in 1976 after visiting her parents there for many years. She worked for Developmental Evaluation Centers, Yancey County Board of Education, Celo Press and Rural Southern Voice for Peace. She served 12 years as member and chair of the Department of Social Services Board and was a member of the board of the Arthur Morgan School. She was active in local politics for many years.
Jenifer’s heart was large. With her friend Peggy Barnett, she helped to start the Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in Burnsville. She sheltered El Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees, initiated the Sister City relationship between Asheville and San Cristobal (Mexico), and worked with Centro de Enlace in Burnsville. She started a “local lenders” program and supported innumerable good people and causes.
Raised a Quaker, Jenifer ended her spiritual journey as a thoughtful and open-minded Catholic. She attended Celo Friends Meeting until her death, was a longtime member of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, attended the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and partook of fellowship at Griffith Chapel. She loved music, sang in choirs and played the organ (sometimes in more than one church on a given Sunday).
Jenifer was pre-deceased by her parents, Ernest and Elizabeth Morgan; by her beloved sister, Benetta; and by her grandson, Gary Hart. She is survived by her brothers, Art (Sherry) Morgan, of Indiana, and Lee (Vicky) Morgan, of Minnesota; by her children, Eric (Pam) Hart, of Vermont, and Linda Hart, of Celo; her grandsons, Daniel and Corey Hart; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and bereaved friends.
All are welcome at the memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 N. Main St. in Burnsville. There will be food and fellowship afterward in the Family Life Center. Local friends are invited, but not obliged, to bring a potluck/finger food dish to share. Instead of flowers, you may donate in Jenifer’s name to Reconciliation House, P.O. Box 1147, Burnsville, NC 28714, or at www.rechouse.org.
Mitchell News-Journal • Oct. 9, 2019