BRIDGEWATER — Paul W., 72, and Betty Jane (Thompson) Morrill, 68, died Monday, February 10, 2013 as a result of an early morning fire in their home, Paul's maternal family homestead since the 1740's, at 657 River Road.
Paul was born in Plymouth, the only child of Ora and Esther (Cass) Morrill. He was a lifelong resident of Bridgewater, attended local schools and graduated from Newfound High School in 1959
Jane was born in Plymouth, one of nine children of John and Arberta (Bacon) Thompson, she grew up living in Plymouth, attended local schools and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1963.
They were married in September of 1963 and spent the rest of their lives truly as a pair. Paul spent 42 years as the maintenance man for camp Wicosuta in Hebron, while Jane worked hard as a homemaker and mother. They both were active as volunteers in 4H with Jane being acknowledged as a 40 year leader and together received the Belknap County 4H Family Friend of the Fair Award for dedication and volunteering. They worked tirelessly as Superintendents of the Beef and Dairy Show at Sandwich Fair. They enjoyed country auctions, traveling to Amish Country and attending fairs. Saturday evenings they could be found playing dominos with friends and family. They were founding members of the Bridgewater Fire Brigade, he as Chief and she with the Auxiliary.
Jane was a 55 year member of Lower Interval Grange #321, President of the Bridgewater Home Industries group and had a personal love of all things to do with sewing and quilting. She also took great pride in making and decorating wedding cakes.
Paul was an avid farmer and carpenter. He spent many years raising and showing Milking Shorthorn cattle. Last year Paul built a great greenhouse and was pleased to show off his crop of tomatoes. He also ran the Stillmaple Farm pure Maple Products with his son Paige. Upon retirement, Paul purchased a 1931 Model A truck which he was proud to use and show.
Above all else, family was always the most important part of their lives. They will be greatly missed by: Paul's mother, Esther (Cass) Morrill of Meredith; their daughter, Paula and Doug Glover and sons Wesley and Rhonda Morrill and Paige and Becky Morrill all of Bridgewater, grandchildren: Wesley, Harrison, Emmett, Benjamin, Justine, Kelby, Tori and her son (great grandson) Cole; and Jane's three sisters: Bernice Lowell of Bristol; June King of Meredith; Arberta Coliano of Bridgewater and brother E. Wayne Thompson of Bridgewater, as well as sister-in-law Dolly Thompson of Meredith and brother-in-law Glen MacCreighton of New London; many nieces, nephews and cousins. They were predeceased by a daughter, Petula and three sons Preston, Phillip and Patrick, and Jane's three brothers: Avery, Lyle and John Thompson and sister Beatrice MacCreighton.
Services-A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Town Hall, 297 Mayhew Turnpike (Rt 3A), Bridgewater. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery, Bristol, in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in their memory to the Belknap County 4H Fair Association, c/o Fran Wendleboe, 238 Lower Oxbow Rd., New Hampton, NH 03256. Arrangements are under the direction of Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.