Elizabeth Morss

Elizabeth H. Morss

Friday, February 19th, 1937 - Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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Elizabeth (Betsy) Hughes Morss
Horseheads, NY
Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and much-loved teacher, passed away peacefully in Horseheads, NY on September 12, 2020 at the age of 83. Betsy was born in New Bedford, MA on February 19, 1937 and grew up in Padanaram, MA.

In her early years, Betsy was active in sports at Friends Academy and in high school at Concord Academy. She received a master’s degree in education from Elmira College and was a highly respected teacher in the Horseheads school district for 30 years. Betsy happily juggled the challenges of raising four kids with a full-time teaching job. She made it all look easy and handled the bumps of life with her trademark optimism.

Betsy was an avid sailor, racing her Beatle Cat on Buzzards Bay as a young woman and cruising with friends and family on Cayuga Lake and Lake Ontario later in life. She was also a diehard skier and camper. She especially loved the many camping trips she took with her family and friends over the years. Betsy was also an accomplished cook, gardener, basket weaver, and quilter, and enjoyed the company and support of her local quilting club.

Betsy taught us the importance of showing kindness to others, and the value of facing life’s challenges with optimism and courage. The world is a better place because of her.

Betsy will be sorely missed by her many relatives and friends. Betsy is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul Morss; their four children, Laura (Andrew) Barnett, Lisa (David) Clarke, Douglas Morss (Ching Wu), and Charles (Suzanne) Morss; their six grandchildren, Emily (Christopher) Huneke (Laura), Peter Barnett, Gordon Clarke, Hannah Clarke, Benjamin Morss (Douglas), and Casey Morss (Douglas); two step great-grandchildren, Lia Huneke and John Huneke; nieces, Cynthia Pilskaln and Cathrine Hughes Stout; and her large extended family.

She was predeceased by her parents William Gordon Hughes and Helen Doan Milliken, brother William Hughes, sister Helen (Polly) Hughes Pilskaln, stepmother Judith Coolidge Hughes, stepbrother Anthony Greenwood, and stepsister Janet Greenwood.

Due to Covid-19, there will be no in-person gathering. A brief Zoom Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 4:30 ET. Betsy will be interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chemung County Historical Society, or the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

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Michael J Hess

Posted at 08:13pm
Paul and Family,
Lisa and I are so very sorry for the loss of Betsy.
I have often thought of stopping by to check in on the two of you. I have driven by your house on a few occasions wondering how you both were doing. I did not stop by due to the current state of affairs.
We will surely miss the wonderful woman that she was.
Paul, you and Betsy truly inspire Lisa and myself. Your love of life and all that it has to offer has been fun to watch. We can only hope that we are able to inspire people to enjoy life and and stay active the way the two of you have inspired us! Our wish for you is that you find peace and comfort in the memories you have of Betsy.

Mike and Lisa Hess

Carol Viele

Posted at 02:56pm
I am so sorry for your loss of Betsy. She was such a lovely person. I met Betsy at the Horseheads Free Library.
She was always smiling and a bright light for all. She will be sorely missed.

Michelle Nigro

Posted at 12:33pm
Mrs Morss was always such a pleasant friendly lady. She always treated Laura's friends with love and kindness! Sad and sorry Laura and siblings and her hubby. She will be missed. Always remember fun times at her home and they must have known we finished off Dads beer on Friday nights! They never said a word!

Lydia Hoffman

Posted at 10:50am
My parents were great friends with Paul and Betsy when I was small. I have so many memories of their home and Betsy always bustling about, cheerful and treating me as one of her own. I especially recall a birthday cake for Laura that had LIFE SAVERS all over it! I don't know if she made it, but she certainly made it possible. Once I spent the night and Laura put a toad in my bed. Betsy took it in stride, just observing we might want to get it out before it pooped on the sheets! Condolences to Laura, Lisa, Doug, and Charlie (at least that's how I remember you!).


Danielle Aepelbacher

Posted at 10:23am
I am very sorry for your immense loss of such an incredible woman. I was honored to teach with Betsy at Sing Sing Road Elementary. She was nearing the end of her teaching career in the 3rd grade, and I was starting mine in the 4th grade. Betsy was one of the classiest, kindest, and most down to earth women I have had the pleasure of teaching with. She shared her knowledge freely in all area of professional and personal life. She never lost her passion for teaching and learning. I greatly admired how she made it all look easy. Her love for her family, friends, and students knew no limits. I used to love to talk and laugh with her about her family and many hobbies. She always had time to help a colleague or share a conversation. The world is a better place because of Betsy, and she has undoubtedly touched countless lives. I am very sorry for your loss, and I hope you are comforted by a lifetime of memories.

Danielle Aepelbacher

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