17 Oct Flo Morrow Marks A Golden Birthday
“Milestones marked with family and friends as our community celebrates life.”
Florence Morrow celebrated her 100th birthday this year with family and friends, marking a significant milestone in a long and creative life. Born June 4, 1917 in New York City, Florence was one of five children. She grew up in the tenements of New York, spending the summers with her family at a guest house in Sharon Springs.
She first “met” her husband, Goodwin “Goody” Morrow at the age of 10 when she saw him in a school production of “Pirates of Penzance,” meeting him “officially” when she was 18-years-old. The couple married and lived in New York City before moving to Aberdeen, Maryland where her husband worked as a ballistics engineer and she was a secretary for the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
The couple had two children, Joel and Phyllis, and Florence was a stay-at-home Mom. “Mom was always extremely creative,” recalls her daughter, Phyllis. “She would throw these elaborate themed birthday parties. If I wanted Chinese food for my birthday, she would make the clothes to match, decorate the house, the furniture.” The couple loved to entertain, dance and throw elaborate dinner parties, according to Phyllis. “She was a 1950s housewife, a Mom of the era but she was always pushing the boundaries.” Florence was an “inveterate punster” who liked to shock people, she told lots of jokes, she was very charming and pretty, said Phyllis.
As Joel left for college in 1962 and Phyllis went off to school in 1968, Florence turned their empty nest into a creative haven, taking up macramé and weaving. “She was suddenly an artist. It became her passion,” said Phyllis. But it wasn’t just the typical macramé that was popular at the time. Florence added found objects like feathers, beads and other items to her macramé designs which ranged from wearable art to wall hangings. It was around this same time that her husband began making silver clasps for her neckpieces, later branching out into silver jewelry. Florence took up weaving and began to combine it with her macramé work, again adding in unexpected objects to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She showed and sold her work widely in prestigious venues.
The couple later moved to Great Barrington and after the death of her husband, Florence moved to Camphill Ghent in March 2013. In addition to her two children, Florence has six grandchildren: Ashana, Johannes, Gareth, Alex “Sasha”, Levi and Jesse. She has six great-grandchildren: Taj, Nayana, Olympia, Aria, Winter and Elias.