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Frances Peake Morse

February 8, 1930 November 21, 2022
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Frances was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on February 8, 1930, to Richard Henry and Frances

Neville Currie Peake. She lived with her parents and younger brother, Richard Henry Peake,

junior in their home on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk where she enjoyed many happy hours on

the beach and pier in front of their house.

In the summer of 1945, her aunt, Mrs. Joseph Fielding Robinson, invited her to spend the

summer with her and her grandmother, Mrs. James Hector Currie in their home on North State

Street. She fell in love with Jackson, and when they invited her to stay and attend Central High

her junior year, and her parents agreed, she did. She graduated from Central in 1947, and then

went to MSCW and graduated in 1951.

Frances was a devout Christian and worshipped at the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew on

Capitol Street. She was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk,

Virginia and when first coming to Jackson, she regularly attended the First Presbyterian Church

in Jackson and sang in the choir. She attended Saint Andrew’s with her aunt Nancy and while in

college she decided to join the Episcopal Church. She attended Saint Paul’s while going to

school in Columbus and joined Saint Andrew’s after graduation, when she returned to live in

Jackson. She has been a devoted member of that congregation since 1951. She has

participated in many different ministries of the church, for many years as a member of the Altar

Guild and a member of the Parish Choir. She enjoyed doing Christmas and Easter

arrangements for the Altar, as well as for regular Sunday worship services.

In December 1949, she was invited to make her debut in Jackson under the auspices of The

Debutante Club of Mississippi and during the presentation parties, her cousin, Rodes Currie

from Meridian, an Ole Miss Law student, introduced her to his friend, Dan Morse, a fellow law

student and friend from Jackson who later became her husband.

Frances and Dan were married in Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church on February 23, 1952, with

Dr. Vincent Franks, the Rector officiating, and their reception was held in the ballroom of the

Edwards Hotel (now the renovated King Edward Hotel). Dan was now practicing law with his

father at Morse and Morse in the city and they made their home on North State Street.

Three children were born into this union, Daniel Wilkinson Morse, Jr., Nancy Neville Morse, and

Eugene Richard Morse, who with their families, make their homes in Jackson. Her family was

very important to her and she felt very close to each of them.

Frances loved living in Jackson and enjoyed the many religious, cultural, educational, and

gardening opportunities that presented themselves to her. As a new bride, she was invited to

join the Junior League of Jackson, and enjoyed learning so many new areas about her city and

state and continued to value her membership. She was a member of the National Society of the

Colonial Dames of America and as a member of the Mississippi Society served for two terms of

five years each on the Board of Regents of Gunston Hall, the home of Founding Father of our

country, George Mason (the author of our Bill of Rights), in Fairfax County, Virginia, as the

Mississippi Regent. For ten years she was Chairman of The Oaks House Museum on Jefferson

Street in Jackson. She was active on the Mississippi Board for many years and served as the

State Registrar.

Gardens, gardening, flowers-all aspects of landscaping always interested her. She was a longtime member of Twin Pines Garden Club and was a founding member of the Jackson Garden

Club, A Garden Club of America Member. She was a Flower Show Judge and a member of the

Mississippi Landscape Design Consultant Council and a longtime member of the Board of

Directors of the Garden Clubs of Mississippi. She gave numerous programs to garden clubs.

She was interested in art and artists and was involved with the Mississippi Art Association and

then the Mississippi Museum of Art. She was corresponding secretary on the first Board of the

Mississippi Museum of Art Auxiliary and several years later served as president. She was also a

member of the Gallery Guild.

She loved being an appreciative member of the audience for the Mississippi Symphony

Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, and New Stage Theatre and participating in the many activities of

the IBC.

She enjoyed the company of her many friends of all ages and enjoyed keeping up with their

activities. She was active in her Book Club, the Americana Antique Club and the Research Club

and several ladies' luncheon clubs, The Matrons, One O’clock, LeDejeuner, and Southern

Luncheon clubs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Morse, on April 8, 1992. Also preceded in

death by her nephew, Dwight Peake (Rhonda).

She is survived by her three children and their families, Dan and Denise Morse, Nancy Morse

Parkes, Gene and Lynda Morse, and her adored grandchildren, Joshua Daniel Morse, Sarah

Frances Parkes Wilkerson (Bobby), Elizabeth Marie Parkes, Annie Morse Parkes, Mildred

(Millie) Judith Morse, William Eugene Morse III, and Cole Madeline Morse, all of Jackson, and

her brother, Richard Peake of Wise, Virginia and Galveston, Texas, and her nephew Tom

Peake (Laurie) of Falls Church, Virginia, and nephews, the Reverend George Woodliff (Jill) of

Yazoo City, Mississippi; Dr. Dan Morse Woodliff (Kathy), and nieces, Ann Woodliff of Medina,

Washington, and Bishop Ruthie Woodliff-Stanley (Nate) of Charleston, South Carolina, and

Barbara Yarborough Newell of Jackson, and first cousins, Rachel Currie Martin of Oxford,

Mississippi and Rigdon Currie (Trish) of San Diego, California.

Her life will be celebrated at her funeral service on December 3, 2022 at 11 o’clock at the

Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew at 305 Capitol Street, with visitation, an hour before the

service, in Saint Francis Hall, and her ashes will be interred with her beloved husband, Dan, in

the columbarium at the church

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Visitation

Saturday

3

Dec

10:00 AM 12/3/2022 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/3/2022 11:00:00 AM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

305 E Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral
305 E Capitol Street Jackson 39201 MS
United States

Service

Saturday

3

Dec

11:00 AM 12/3/2022 11:00:00 AM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

305 E Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral
305 E Capitol Street Jackson 39201 MS
United States
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