Alleen A. Morley, 74, Clermont, Fla.

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 3, 2002

Alleen A. Morley, age 74, of Green Valley Boulevard, Clermont, Fla., died Wednesday, May 1, 2002.

Born in Albert Lea, she moved to Orlando, Fla., with her husband and sons in 1954.

Mrs. Morley was an active participant in community life. In the 1960s she worked for Welcome Wagon then became a real estate agent with Mid-Florida Realty, and with her husband, Bob, raised four boys, one of whom, Robert, died in 1983 at 31 years of age. She was Episcopalian.

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Survivors are her husband, Bob; sons: Pat of Winter Park, Fla. Pete of Orlando, Fla., and Bill of Winter Garden, Fla.; sisters: Amy McKey of Albert Lea,

Ardith Thompson of Rensalear, Ind., and Annette Donovan of Dassel, Minn.; and grandchildren: Jen Morley of St. Louis, Mo., John Morley of Winter Park, Fla., Kyla Morley of Maitland, Fla.

Contributor the community; not long after Alleen Morley married Bob, they purchased her parents’ large home in Albert Lea and converted it into apartments for single working women. The Coke machine in the basement sold Cokes for a nickel.

Her dad was a leading businessman in Albert Lea, and Aileen wanted to be known as Bob’s wife instead of Aitch’s daughter. This desire, along with their mutual entrepreneurial spark, lured Alleen and Bob to central Florida. Bob pursued the ice machine business and later air conditioning, while Alleen poured herself into raising four boys and community life. She found time to help start a mission church for the Episcopal dioceses, Holy Family Episcopal Church In Pine Hills. They built a temporary church at Pine Hills Elementary School and shared use with the school. Alleen was variously the President of Altar Guild, Episcopal Church Women, and she even ran a children’s nursery in her home because there was no room at the church. She said, &uot;Everyone pitched in and it was like one big family.&uot; Mrs. Morley did a stint as a Cub Scout den mother. Typical of her, she decided all her boys needed to take swimming lessons, so carpooled the boys across town to the old swimming club on Fernereek Drive in Colonialtown. She was an entrepreneur at heart, and established Welcome Wagon on the west side of Orlando and got their organization going. She sold real estate in the heyday of the 1960s, then served as an administrative assistant to notable local figures in the 1970s and 1980s. Typical of her, she turned her love for golf into a mission and founded the Mid-Florida Challenge Cup which she chaired. Mrs. Morley also served as president of the West Orange Country Club Women’s Golf Association and the Green Valley Women’s Golf Association.

Her greatest legacy, though, are her children and grandchildren. She and Bob poured themselves into their kids. Tragedy struck in 1983 when Robert, the 31-year-old son, died. He was a Vietnam veteran.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Kurfuss Funeral Home, Clermont, Fla.