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Ruth Irene Swanay Morarre
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1918
Greene County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jul. 21, 2011
Randallstown
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA

Ruth Irene Morarre, 93, of Glenn Dale, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown.

Born June 4, 1918, in Greene County, Tenn., she was the youngest of nine children of the late William Franklin Swanay and Deluna Frances Brown.

Twice married, she was the wife of John Walter Mullican II, whom she married in 1935 and who died in 1966; and of Thomas Morarre, whom she married in 1970, and who died in 1990. She and her first husband eloped to his family home in Glenn Dale and had five children.

In addition to raising their children, she also took care of approximately 45 foster children throughout the years. When her own children got older, she worked as a waitress at several of Marriott's Hot Shoppe restaurants.

She began her 24-year government career at Glenn Dale Hospital Sanitarium. She also worked at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Walter Reed Naval Center and Harry Diamond Labs.

After marrying her second husband and moving to Silver Spring, she rented out the property in Glenn Dale. She lived in Silver Spring until 1989 when she moved back to Glenn Dale, and retired from her government career to care for her ailing husband.

In 1976, she became an active member of the Silver Spring Moose Lodge. She enjoyed planning and preparing for the many dining and entertainment events at the lodge and even held the position of president for the Women of the Moose. She also enjoyed her memberships in the Glenn Dale Chapter of the Red Hats and the Glenn Dale Citizen's Association.

Throughout the years, she renovated homes in the area, and enjoyed painting and cleaning up the properties to flip for sale. She enjoyed animals and had many pet dogs that she cared for during her retirement years.

Surviving are children Peggy Bolender, of Elkton, Patricia Kuhn, of Fayetteville, Ark., Sandra McCarthy, of Woodbine, Suzanne Dowling, of Westminster, and John W. Mullican III, of Frederick; 18 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by eight of her siblings.

A memorial service was held at the Haight funeral home. Internment was held at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Franklin Swanay (1874 - 1960)
  Deluna Frances Brown Swanay (1876 - 1953)
 
 Siblings:
  William Murrell Swanay (1892 - 1973)*
  Winnie Swanay (1893 - 1980)*
  Isaac Lee Swanay (1894 - 1986)*
  George Albert Swanay (1897 - 1968)*
  Beulah Dell Swanay (1901 - 1901)*
  Pauline Swanay Masters (1905 - 1995)*
  John Franklin Swanay (1914 - 2004)*
  Ruth Irene Swanay Morarre (1918 - 2011)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
Brentwood
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
 
Created by: Max
Record added: Jul 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74048531
Ruth Irene <i>Swanay</i> Morarre
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