March 3, 2004 - The Santa Fe New Mexican: Botswana RPCV Stephanie Siegel Morgan dies in Santa Fe

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Botswana RPCV Stephanie Siegel Morgan dies in Santa Fe

Botswana RPCV Stephanie Siegel Morgan dies in Santa Fe

MY OBITUARY 'of and by'


I was a resident of Santa Fe, age 51 and passed away on March 1, 2004 after facing the tribulations of metastatic Breast cancer for 1064 days. I was born on June 28, 1952 to Sanford and Barbara Siegel in Chicago, IL.

I am preceded in death by my father Sanford, my sister Andrea and my beloved nephew Ben.

I had a full and wonderful life, filled with many adventures that eventually led to a three year teaching commitment in Botswana, Africa that changed my life forever. Not only did I gain insight for the whole world, I met my husband of 27 years, Rodman.

After many years of living in Hawaii, Oregon and Arizona, my family and I settled in Santa Fe, which became my favorite and final home.

Throughout my years, thanks to my Peace Corps experience, I was active in many charities. In Portland, Oregon I volunteered at a Women's Center and Headstart in Scottsdale, Arizona for the mental Health Assoc., and in Santa Fe I was a Mentor for the students at the De Vargas Middle School, as part of a UUCSF Church program. I also had a life long commitment to my career in Cytogenetics at Genzyme Genetics in Scottsdale and then in Santa Fe.

My greatest joy was mentoring new technologists. My co-workers became more than just friends, as they have supported my family and me every step of the way in my cancer battle, with compassion and so much caring.

I am survived by my husband, Rodman; my daughter, Amelia of Claremont, CA; my son, Rodman B. of Scottsdale, AZ; my mother, Barbara of Las Cruces; my brother Peter of Urbana, IL; my brother David of Karmiel, Israel and my many loving relatives and friends.

A special thanks goes out to Jane, Mary, Lou Ann and the St. Vincent Hospital Breast cancer support group, my UUCSF Covenant group, Camille and the Odyssey Hospice staff, my oncologist Dr. Timothy Lopez of the Cancer Institute of NM, my favorite chemotherapy nurse Christina and plebotomists- Yvonne and Peg.

A very special thanks goes to my guardian angel Carol, who was constantly by my side with love, compassion and kept me laughing even in times of despair.

My Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalistic Congregation of Santa Fe Church on Barcelona at Galisteo on Saturday March 27 at 2 pm. (My spirit and love will also be there.)

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the UUCSF De Vargas School program, 505-982-9674 or to the Odyssey Hospice Foundation, 505-988- 5331.

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Story Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican

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