Marblehead — Priscilla Masury Morse died peacefully in her sleep on June 12, 2014 at the age of 95. She was born in Marblehead, the daughter of Pauline Baldwin Masury and Ackley Rhodes Slee. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard C. Slee. Priscilla was married to the love of her life, Garlan Morse, who died in 1985. Priscilla leaves her children, Priscilla Masury Donovan-Mackinnon and her husband, Donald Mackinnon, of Bourne, Elisabeth (Betsy) Appleton Jenney and her partner, Tom Bowen, of Boston, Garlan Morse and his wife, Jody of Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Frank Baldwin Morse of Nevis, West Indies. Priscilla was called Mimi by her grandchildren, John L. Donovan and wife, Elizabeth of Litchfield, Conn., Robert Elmore and wife, Lisa of West Newbury, Andrew Elmore and wife, Laura of Emmaus, Pa., Margot Morse and her husband, Guillaume Blin of Carlisle, Mass., Joanna Beasley and her husband, Brendan, of Oakland, Calif., and Samuel Mackenzie Morse of Manchester-by-the-Sea; and her great-grandchildren, Jack, Caroline and Tim Donovan, Theodore and Maxwell Elmore, and Maxine Blin.
Priscilla loved sailing and was a crack helmsman, cruising and racing with Gar for many years aboard “Munchkin,” out of Marblehead and on the coast of Maine. Priscilla's other love was bridge, which she played most ably and with great enthusiasm. She began teaching bridge almost 30 years ago, after her husband Gar died. Her many students on the North Shore will remember her for being a stickler not only for proper bidding, but also for proper etiquette at the bridge table. “Always be polite to your partner and never criticize — never,” she would say. Mostly, she just enjoyed playing with all her friends and competing in the duplicate tournaments at Brooksby Village, where she had moved in 2002. In recent years, she would travel on “Herbie," her electric scooter, to bridge games, the Cider House, and social events at Brooksby.