When Iris Bolton started a nonprofit community counseling center in Sandy Springs in 1971, one of the early volunteers offering help was her friend Anna Morley.
Mrs. Morley spent countless hours in service that spanned a couple of decades. She greeted clients and offered compassionate advice over the telephone to those in need.
She wasn’t a certified counselor, but had an affinity for the hurting.
Mrs. Morley became one of the longest serving volunteers at the Link Counseling Center, said a daughter, Pat West of Roswell.
“Counseling and caring about people were a big part of who she was,” Mrs. West said.
Those were the attributes she also offered to her church. Mrs. Morley and her husband of 67 years, Frank H. Morley Jr. of Sandy Springs, who survives her, were “pillars” at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, said parish administrator Suzy Bristow.
The mother of four was active in numerous church ministries, including a women’s daily prayer group, and she and her husband volunteered for jobs both important and menial.
“They really love children and even now the family continues to send donations so that all children can be given their own Bible,” Ms. Bristow said.
But Mrs. Morley had more to offer than service. She had a keen mind and wanted to learn more about the Bible and church disciplines. She completed a four-year study offered at the church through the University of the South. It is a program very few people are able to complete, Ms. Bristow said.
“Anybody who holds that certificate should be very proud of what they accomplished. We just don’t get that many graduates,” Ms. Bristow said.
Anna Elizabeth Callahan Morley, 91, of Sandy Springs died Jan. 29 of natural causes at the Roswell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Marietta, which is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Morley grew up in Lakeland, Fla. She attended Florida Southern College, where she met her future husband.
She graduated magna cum laude with an English degree in 1940, and could have had a career doing whatever she wanted, said daughter Barbara Pirkle of Tifton. But like many women of her time, she didn’t consider a career as important as family.
“She always put her family and others ahead of herself,” Mrs. Pirkle said.
The family moved to Sandy Springs in 1961, and the Morleys joined the Episcopal Church of the Atonement. Mrs. Morley sang in the choir and took courses to become a lay reader and a lay eucharistic minister.
When the children were older and on their own, Mrs. Morley worked in human resources at Northside Hospital until she retired. Her job was to recruit and hire staff for the hospital’s maintenance and cafeteria departments, Mrs. Pirkle said.
Other survivors include a son, Frank H. Morley III of Atlanta; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
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