Zoe Morgan, a longtime Sacramento community volunteer who joined groups that promote social action, died Feb. 26 of congestive heart failure, her family said. She was 87.
Mrs. Morgan was an early supporter of social causes. She joined the Sacramento Fair Housing Committee, a private group that opposed racial discrimination in neighborhoods during the 1950s and 1960s. She was a founding member of the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home Guild.
She joined the League of Woman Voters and was named along with her sister Sally Weinland of Carmichael 1988 Volunteers of the Year by Soroptimist International of Sacramento. Although she belonged to St. Mark's Methodist Church, she was active in the National Council of Jewish Women and was named one year as the group's representative in Washington.
"She was very ecumenical in her interests and very curious about all people," said her daughter Carol Hancock of Carmichael. "She was interested in fairness and improving the lives of people who were underprivileged."
Mrs. Morgan was born in 1924 and raised in Sacramento and Carmichael. Her mother, Jacque Smith, was one of The Bee's first female beat reporters. Her father, Darwin Smith, was a Bee city editor who opened a public relations business.
She graduated from San Juan High School and Heald Business College. She had two daughters with Woody Kellison, a musician and La Sierra High School teacher, during a 20-year marriage that ended with his death in 1963.
In 1966, she married William K. "Bill" Morgan, a Sacramento Superior Court judge. They were together until his death in 2005.
Besides her sister and Hancock, survivors include another daughter, Bonnie Morgan of Vallejo, and five grandchildren.
A private service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Morgan may be made to the Sacramento Children's Receiving Home, 3555 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95821.
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