Aug. 5, 1930 - Feb. 3, 2017
Verna T. Morton of Buffalo, a longtime educator and administrator in the Buffalo School District, died Feb. 3 following a long illness. She was 86.
The former Verna Thomas was born in Sumter, S.C., and moved to Buffalo with her family at the age of 3. She graduated from Canisius College, earning a master's degree in education and SUNY Buffalo State, with Certification in School Administration and Supervision.
Mrs. Morton worked for Buffalo Public Schools for 32 years, serving as an elementary school clerk, teacher, human resources specialist and a project administrator. From 1972 through 1974, she served as a team leader with the National Teachers Corps. Mrs. Morton was appointed director of the district's Magnet Placement Office in 1988, and held that position until her retirement from the Board of Education in 1991.
Mrs. Morton was a passionate advocate for education and community service and inspired many to complete school and pursue higher education to achieve their dreams. She encouraged others to set goals and to understand the importance of education.
She was an active member of the St. Martin de Porres Church, where she taught religious instruction. She served on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee and the Advisory Board Committee for St. Aloysius Gonzaga School.
Mrs. Morton was recognized for outstanding community service, including an award from the Buffalo Department of School Integration and Quality Education, the Southern Christian Leaders Award, Self Fulfillment Award from Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and the Western District Baptist Association Award for Professional and Community Activities.
Mrs. Morton also was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Erie County Chapter of the Links Inc., NAACP and the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier Inc. She also served on the board of directors of the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers Inc., was a member of the the Erie County Mental Health Subcommittee and the Humboldt YMCA Board of Managers.
She was the widow of Paul Morton.
Survivors include two sons, Derek and Paul Jr.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services are private.