Patricia M. (Morse) Heath of Cataumet, who was a teacher with the Falmouth Public Schools for many years, died on April 10 at Tufts Medical Institute in Boston. She was 87.
She was the wife of Robert M. Heath, who died in May 2003.
Born in Concord and raised in Shirley, she was the eldest of the seven children of Carroll B. Morse and Margaret P. (Mansfield) Morse.
She graduated in 1953 from Fitchburg State College with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in education. It was during a reunion at their alma mater where she met the man who would become her husband; she had been graduated 10 years earlier than Mr. Heath.
The couple moved to the Cape because of the climate, her husband, also an educator, said in an interview with the Enterprise after he announced his intention to retire from the Lawrence School in 1988.
Ms. Heath taught school in Falmouth for more than 50 years, beginning as a teacher at Morse Pond Elementary School and continuing as a substitute long after her official retirement. In addition to teaching in Falmouth, she also substituted in the Tucson, Arizona, school district.
She had retired as a full-time teacher and was working at the Steamship Authority at the time of the interview.
Ms. Heath was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in North Falmouth. She had also been a member of the Jonathan Hatch chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, in which she had served as regent.
She leaves her daughter, Patricia M. Mele and her husband, John J. Mele III, of Tucson, Arizona; a sister, Carole A. Bradley of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; a brother, Michael Morse of Falmouth; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister and three brothers.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, April 16, from 4 to 8 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Highway.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 17, at 11 AM at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 481 Quaker Road, North Falmouth.
Burial will follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.