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IN MEMORIAM: Bea F. Morley, 92;

Mother Of 4; Orchid, Golf Enthusiast

Bea Morley
Bea Morley

ONEONTA – Bea Morley, 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 6, 2016, with her loving family at her side.

She was born April 14, 1924 in Altona, Clinton County, the daughter of Frank and Georgina Favreau, after which they moved to Wells Bridge.

She married Ralph J. Morley in Sidney on Oct. 25, 1941.

They lived their first few years in Sidney before making their home in Oneonta.  Bea enjoyed her gardening, raising the most beautiful orchids and golfing, especially during the 26 years wintering at their home at the Whispering Oaks Golf and Country Club in Florida.  She was a member at the Oneonta Country Club, and the Oneonta Garden Club for many enjoyable years.

She enjoyed her eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, as well as the many years she and her husband traveled throughout the United States in their motor home.

She is survived by her children, Terry (BettyAnn) Morley, Brad Morley, Randy (Ellen) Morley, all of Oneonta; her daughter, Darlene “Rikki” (Jesse) Saunders of Cochranville, Pa. grandchildren, Chris (Barbara) Morley of Bangor, ME, Terry R. (Audrey) Morley of Galloway, Ireland, Kevin (Heather) Morley of Centreville, Va., Julie (Mike) Himes of Otego, Jennifer (Mark) Freels of Ashland, Mass., and their mother, Elizabeth Rowley Morley, Heather Saia of Hamilton, N.J., Ryan (Jennifer) Morley of Oneonta, Carmen (Mark) Lemon of Salt Lake City, Utah; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased on Jan. 10, 2013, by her husband of 71 years, Ralph Morley, whose construction company built a number of the unique custom homes on Suncrest Terrace and Ravine Boulevard, as well as commercial project like Astrocom and the Wilber Bank addition. Also, her sister, Olive in 1935; her brother, Floyd in 1989; her first son, Gary Robert who died on Mother’s Day of 1943, and her granddaughter, Shana Morley in 1984.

Calling hours will be 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta. The funeral mass will follow at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oneonta, with the Rev. David W. Mickiewicz, as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Sidney.

Donations may be made to, Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820

Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to,

Arrangements are by Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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