Mrs. Lorine Melissa Briney Morgan, 98, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed to her eternal heavenly home on Sunday morning at Life Care Center of Rochester.
Born in Rochester on Dec. 10, 1913, Lorine Melissa was a twin to Irene, the precious daughters of Harry and Eva Redman Briney. Lorine was rooted near Tiosa, sharing her childhood with two other sisters, Beatrice and Geraldine and two brothers, Harold and Gerald. She attended Richland Center High School and graduated with her class in 1932.
On June 1, 1940, Lorine married her lifelong friend Donald Morgan. They enjoyed sharing life's adventures for over a half century. Their union produced two beautiful daughters, Karen and Marcia. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Soon after they married, Don served our country during World War II with the U.S. Navy. Lorine accompanied him to San Diego and San Francisco where she earned the title "Rosie the Riveter." To earn this appointment, Lorine worked in both cities at airplane assembly plants riveting the fuselage with her trusty rivet gun.
As a young mother, Lorine served as a 4-H leader with the Richland Center Cloddhoppers. She was a devoted member of the Tiosa Brethren Church, serving on the Women's Mission Society. Lorine was also a member of the 31 Club. Each summer Don planted and harvested their garden. Lorine would can and freeze the bountiful harvest for the family's use over the winter.
A professional seamstress, Lorine retired in 1975 from Hart Schaffner Marx after 20 years. She also did custom alterations from her home and created wedding dresses and a number of prom formals. As a homemaker, mother and grandma, Lorine enjoyed overseeing five generations of her legacy. Her favorite times were hosting celebrations during holidays and making special birthday dinners, especially for her daughters. She was known for her crispy fried chicken, fruit pies and lemon meringue pies. Ice box cookies and iced holiday cookies intricately decorated were her forte. Her specialty was creating custom dinners for the guest of honor and other special requests from the grandchildren.
Lorine will be lovingly remembered by two daughters, Karen Miller and Marcia Lahman, both of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Mindy Marrs, Ryan Lahman and wife Lori, Toby Green and wife Gordonna, Jamie Green and wife Kim, Roby Green, Adam Miller, Summer Zeider and husband Jason, and Ryan Miller and wife Carey; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerald Briney of Rochester; a brother-in-law, Fred Brown of Rochester; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Gary Morgan; two son-in-laws, Michael "Mick" Lahman and Robert Miller; four sisters, infant Gertrude Briney, her twin, Irene Town, Beatrice Lewis and Geraldine Brown; and a brother, Harold Briney.
A celebration of the life of Lorine Morgan will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Mike VanHeyningen officiating.
Friends may visit with her family from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.
Lorine will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband Don in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Fulton County Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.
Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012
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Sending my condolences to the family of such a great lady, 4-H supporter, and pie baker!! I know Lorine will be sorely missed my many. God bless you all in this time of sadness and celebration of a life well lived!