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Shirley Morton

March 18, 1936 September 28, 2019
Shirley Morton
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Shirley Iris Morton, known by so many as "Sam", passed away peacefully and with grace at age 83 on Saturday, September 28th, 2019. Loved and respected, Sam was surrounded by family and numerous friends in her final days.

Born in Nottingham England in 1936, Sam immigrated to the United States in 1966 to settle in California. With a work ethic that would put honey bees to shame, Sam managed to raise a son and work three different jobs concurrently. I have often said that if I had just 10% of mom's work ethic I could rule the world. She started at Lord Fletcher's where she worked into her eighties. Finding another home at Tamarisk Country Club, Sam personally attended to and sometimes even had to reprimand some of the country's most influential people - just one of the ways Sam proved her fearlessness. Sam could dress someone down with skill and shoot from the hip like a hero in a Western even if that person was Frank Sinatra, Former President Ford, Lucille Ball or Ambassador Annenberg. Sam also had a big heart and enjoyed taking care of people, especially grandchildren. She was constantly thinking of others.

Finally, and possibly Sam's greatest love and skill was knitting. Throughout my entire life, Sam was tireless in this effort and often worked multiple projects simultaneously. Called on frequently to help folks with their projects, Sam could conquer even the most complicated pattern and knitted routinely with sinfully expensive cashmere that would have others quaking in their boots.

Sam is survived by her son Craig and his family, Stephenie and their son William who Sam loved to spoil.

Sam made an impact on many lives and created countless friendships proven by the receptions she received at her 80th birthday celebrated at Lord Fletcher's and her retirement from Tamarisk Country Club this year with an honorary membership.


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