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Mississippi writer Berry Morgan, 83, dies in West Virginia

June 22, 2002

SUMMIT POINT, W.V. — Berry Morgan, 83, of Aylmere Farm, Summit Point, W.Va, died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at Shenandoah Nursing Home near her farm.

Mrs. Morgan was born May 20, 1919, in Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi.

She was a fiction writer for The New Yorker magazine from 1966 to 1988. She received two Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship awards for her novel Pursuit in 1966 and a collection of short stories, The Mystic Adventures of Roxie Stoner, in 1974.

She taught creative writing at Northeast Louisiana University, Catholic University of America, George Washington University, and the American University.

She was active in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. She was involved in organic farming and was a member of the Catholic faith.

She was formerly married to Aylmer Lee Morgan III.

Surviving are four children, Dr. Scott Ingles Morgan of Middleway, Betty Lee Morgan of Houston, Aylmer Lee Morgan IV of Virginia Beach, and Frances Berry Morgan of Summit Point; and numerous grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, at the Avanti Restaurant in Charles Town, W.Va., with Father Edwin Dill officiating. Burial will be in Middleway Masonic Cemetery, Middleway, W.Va.

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