Margaret "Peg" Clark Morgan passed away peacefully with her family on Sept. 22, 2013, in Santa Rosa, Calif. She was born Sept. 5, 1918, to Ethel and Howard Clark.
Mrs. Morgan grew up in Kent, Ohio, where she lived with her parents, her younger sister, Eleanor, and grandmother, Lucy Brown Clark.
Lucy Brown Clark shared stories with her grandchildren about watching her father, Jeremiah Brown, loading guns in casket wagons out in their Hudson back yard to go secretly to Harpers Ferry to his brother, the abolitionist John Brown. John Brown's dramatic protest against slavery looked like treason, and he was hanged in 1859.
Mrs. Morgan's father, Howard Clark, was a very respected mason who built their home in Kent and many of the Kent State University buildings. He meticulously kept the records from the John Brown era and passed them on to his daughter.
Mrs. Morgan learned sewing from her mother and made most of her fashionable clothes all through high school. She graduated from Roosevelt High school in Kent in 1935 as "most versatile" student. From 1937-1939 she studied fashion and business at Kent State University. She became an avid fan of Kent State University Fashion school for the rest of her life.
By 1939 Mrs. Morgan graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a business degree. Immediately upon graduation she became executive secretary for George Vaught, vice president of Goodrich in Akron. By 1940 Mrs. Morgan began dating Goodrich engineer Burton D. Morgan. A review of love letters between them during their Goodrich employment and courtship from 1940-41, reveals that while he was an engineer and she was the bosses secretary, she was quietly working on Mr. Morgan's personal research and typing up letters and reports to assist him in several entrepreneurial ventures. In 1941 they were married and Mrs. Morgan assisted him to become successful in his business entrepreneurial endeavors for the next 62 years.
In 1959, the Morgans and their three children moved to Hudson to be near her family roots. Mrs. Morgan donated her father's collection of John Brown's history to the Hudson Library and Historical Society. For John Brown's 150th anniversary in 2009, Mrs. Morgan, at 91 years old, began personally sharing the book "John Brown, His fight for freedom" with school children in Akron and Hudson classrooms. In December 2010, at age 92, Mrs. Morgan was voted Hudson Citizen of the Year for her contribution of the John Brown archives to the library.
In January 2011, Mr.s Morgan moved to Santa Rosa, Calif. to be with her family. She leaves behind daughters, Suzanne Morgan of Chicago, Ill. and Mary Morgan Graves of Santa Rosa, Calif. and son, Dave Morgan of Millersburg, Ohio; grandchildren, Mark D. Robeson III, Keith Morgan Riley, Brooke Morgan Riley and Tina Marie Morgan; and great grandsons: Tanner D. Robeson, Logan Clark Robeson, Mark D. Robeson IV, and Colton Samuel Lewis.
Mrs. Morgan also leaves Hudson with her foundation, the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, 10 W. Streetsboro St. a family run foundation founded in 2001 for the purpose of making grants in the areas of arts, education and mental health. Mrs. Morgan's daughter, Suzanne Morgan and grandson, Keith Riley are two of the directors on the MCMF board today. Mrs. Morgan's other grandson, Mark Robeson III serves as a director on the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, named after Mrs. Morgan's late husband.
Private services will be held in Santa Rosa, Calif. at the First United Methodist Church Sept. 28. A community memorial service, on a date yet to be announced, will take place in Hudson at the First Congregational Church of Hudson -- the same church of John Brown's famous abolitionist speech in 1837. Mrs. Morgan will then be laid to rest next to her husband in Markillie Cemetery.
Donations in her memory can be sent to Archives of the John Brown collection, Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library Street Hudson Ohio 44236, atten: Gwen Mayer.
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