WARRENSBURG - The late Lorraine Morey, a long-time local businesswoman and parishioner of United Methodist Church of Warrensburg, has been memorialized by her family with a set of stained glass windows in the church she loved and worked hard for.
Thursday, leading local business owner Michael Morey, founder and chief executive of Champlain Stone, oversaw the installation of the two windows which were set in the church's new double doors.
"This is an appropriate tribute to my mother," he said, looking at the sunlight streaming in the colorful new windows. "If it were up to her, they'd be put on the back doors of the church, she was so humble."
The windows were commissioned by Michael Morey, and they match the hues, style and design of the antique windows already in place in the United Methodist Church.
They feature Corinthian columns with centerpieces of Jacob's Ladder flowers on one pane, and dogwood flowers on the other.
Morey said he was pleased with the not only the windows' deep religious symbolism, but by the expert craftsmanship of Don Dwyer and Patrick Duell of Adirondack Glass.
He said the panes were a fitting memorial, as his mother Lorraine was active in the United Methodist Church of Warrensburg for 52 years. Among her achievements was co-founding the Methodist Church Choir Guild and repeatedly raising funds for church groups and activities.
Morey said she had a particular ability to relate well with children - she served as a Cub Scout den mother and 4-H leader, and for 28 years, coordinating the local Kindergarten Roundup. Also, she was a Sunday school teacher for 15 years.
Lorraine Morey's charitable work included raising funds for Florence LaPoint's community charities, he said. For Lorraine's community work, she was named Warrensburg Citizen of the Year in 1991.
She also had considerable business acumen. Known as the "Tax Lady," she prepared tax returns for a remarkable number of people and businesses in town in addition to her paralegal work. Plus, she served as the Warrensburg's Deputy Town Clerk from 1978 to 1987.
Church Trustee Roy Ross said Thursday the new stained glass windows were a very attractive upgrade, and were much appreciated.
"They are not only look great, they are historically consistent," he said.