In this month's newsletter, find a message from President Susanne to start the new year, a feature on two former Amelia Earhart Fellows and a piece to remember and honor Past Zonta International Director Simone Ovart.
Did you know that.....
At the time of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance and the search that followed, her mother, Amy Otis Earhart, and sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, were still living in Medford in the Brooks Street house, awaiting news of their daughter and sister’s fate.
Earhart’s mother moved to Ohio for several years, but returned to the Brooks Street homestead and then lived there with her daughter until her passing in 1962 at the age of 93.
Amelia Earhart’s sister, Muriel, never left Medford, working as a teacher in Belmont then as an English teacher at Medford High School for nearly 40 years before her retirement in 1968. Muriel Earhart Morrissey passed away in March of 1998 at the age of 98.
She was active for decades in Medford organizations and politically as well, serving two terms on the Medford School Committee and devoting many hours to the League of Women Voters, was a charter member of the Medford Zonta Club, served on the local Conservation Commission and in the 1980s was appointed to the Council on Aging. She was a longtime member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Medford Historical Society. In 1979 she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Medford Chamber of Commerce and honored for her community participation by American Legion Post #45.