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Josephine Marguerite Morlas

Josephine Marguerite Morlas

Female 1905 - 1983  (78 years)

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  • Name Josephine Marguerite Morlas  [1
    Born 13 Apr 1905  New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Sep 1983  McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Camargo (Westside) Cemetery, Camargo, Dewey County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In his biography of his mother, Keith McGuire wrote that she was born in her parents home at 6333 South Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans. She was baptized at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, and later attended school at Holy Name, less than 20 blocks from her home. After she completed High School, she enrolled with her cousin, Hazel Roquevert, at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans to study nursing. They soon decided that this was not their vocation, and jointly terminated their enrollment. Most summers were spent visiting Lucine and Grady Quinn in Sturgis, Mississippi and vactioning with their family on the Gulf Coast at Biloxi.

      In the summer of 1929, however, Josephine went to Europe with her Mother, younger sisters Vivian and Eleanor, and cousin Stella O'Brien. They travelled by Ocean Liner on a tour "especially prepared for a Party of Five Ladies" by the American Express World Service Travel Department. The group left for Europe on June 3, 1929, the ocean voyage itself taking several weeks. While in Europe, they toured France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and then returned to France. On their return voyage, they stopped in both Santender, Spain and Havana, Cuba. They arrived home again on September 10, 1929.

      Pat Strong writes that it was the following summer, while vacationing on the Gulf Coast, that Josephine met, fell in love and eloped with her husband Keith McGuire. Shortly afterwards they were married in a Catholic church in New Orleans. Vivian was a witness at both weddings. Josephine left her family in New Orleans to be with her husband in Oklahoma, which was where they raised their children, Keith and Pat. Josephine always kept in close touch with her family, being an excellent and reliable correspondent. She also saw her family occasionally over the years.

      Pat remembers her mother as being a social force in Camargo. She was very outgoing and loved to entertain and give parties, something not many other mothers did. She also wrote the "Camargo News" column for the Vici Beacon. She later worked for this newspaper after her husband died.

      When Josephine was suddenly left widowed at age 42, she had only a small inheritance from her mother (some $1,400) and the proceeds from the sale of Keith's welding shop to help support her family. Even though she had never worked outside the home before, after her husbands death it became necessary for her to work. She had several different jobs over the years as a U.S. Census enumerator, as a clerk in a newspaper office, as a saleslady in department stores, and mainly as a waitress in restaurants and coffee shops. In her later years, she and her second husband, Kenneth, did custodian work for a number of offices as well.

      After her youngest child Pat graduated from high school, Josephine moved to Weatherford, Oklahoma and worked while Pat attended Southwestern State College. After Pat graduated, they moved to Mooreland where Pat taught school for two years.

      When Pat moved to Stillwater to work on her master's degree at Oklahoma State University, Josephine moved to Woodward and continued working. Josephine married Kenneth Carpenter, who had been a friend of her late husband, shortly before Pat married Charles Strong, a fellow student at Oklahoma State University.

      Even though it was not easy for Josephine after her first husband died and in her later years, she seemed to get a lot of pleasure out of everything she did in life.

      Carpenter, 77

      Funeral services for Mrs. Kenneth (Josephine) Carpenter, 77, 923 1/2 Cherry, Woodward, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Stecher Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Michael Wheelahan of St. Peter's Catholic Church will officiate and burial will be in Camargo Cemetery.

      She was born in New Orleans, La., April 13, 1906 (sic) and died in a McAlester Hospital late Tuesday following a lengthy illness. She attended school at Holy Name Academy in New Orleans. She later taught school at the Academy and St. Rita's school in New Orleans.

      On July 30 (sic), 1930 she was married to Keith David McGuire at Biloxi, Mississippi, and they moved to Camargo, where he was killed in an airplane accident on January 4, 1948. She moved to Woodward where on September 1, 1956 she was married to Kenneth Carpenter, and he preceded her in death on December 30, 1981. She was a member of the Catholic Church.

      She is survived by a son Keith McGuire, McAlester; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Marion Strong, Edenburg (sic), Tex.,; three sisters Mrs. (sic) Juliet Morlas, Mrs. Vivian Schoenfeld, and Mrs. Eleanor Rohli, New Orleans; 10 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

      (Published in The Woodward Daily Press, Wednesday, September 7, 1983; copy courtesy of Keith McGuire)

      Josephine's date of birth was April 13, 1905. This meant she was not quite a month older than her husband, Keith. The thought of being even slightly older than her husband was so upsetting that Josephine immediately began to report her date of birth as one year later than in actually was, reporting it as April 13, 1906. Even her death certificate and obituary reflected the wrong year.
    • (Medical):Chronic pancreatitis, micronodular cirrhosis
    Person ID I174  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father John Dominic Morlas,   b. 25 Aug 1865, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1923, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Lucine Roquevert,   b. 28 Jan 1869, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1946, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 28 May 1888  St. Stephen's Church, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Photos
    Morlas Family Reunion, New Orleans, 1987
    Morlas Family Reunion, New Orleans, 1987
    Over 120 family members were present for this reunion, most of them descended from John Dominic Morlas and Lucine Roquevert of New Orleans
    Albums
    Morlas Siblings & Cousins Reunions
    Morlas Siblings & Cousins Reunions (10)
    Held in New Orleans starting in 1927
    Family ID F176  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family 1 Keith David McGuire, Sr.,   b. 7 May 1905, Red Creek Farm, Dewey County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1948, Camargo, Dewey County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1930  Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Eloped after meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi. Keith was working for the phone company. Josephine was on vacation with her family. On July 26, 1930, they repeated their vows in the Catholic Church.
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Photos
    McGuire, Keith David ca 1938 and family
    McGuire, Keith David ca 1938 and family
    Keith McGuire with his wife, the former Josephine Morlas, and their children, Keith Jr. and Patsy, ca 1938, Camargo, Oklahoma
    Documents
    Morlas, Josephine Civil marriage to Keith D. McGuire, 16 July 1930
    Morlas, Josephine Civil marriage to Keith D. McGuire, 16 July 1930
    Jo and Keith were married after meeting at a dance in Mississippi
    Morlas, Josephine Sacramental Marriage to Keith D. McGuire
    Morlas, Josephine Sacramental Marriage to Keith D. McGuire
    Josephine and Keith solemnized their wedding vows at St. Rita Church in New Orleans exactly one week after their elopement in Mississippi
    McGuire Home, Camargo, Oklahoma
    McGuire Home, Camargo, Oklahoma
    Home of Keith, Josephine, Keith Jr. and Pat McGuire, Camargo Oklahoma during the 1940's
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2011 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family 2 John Kenneth Carpenter,   b. 10 Jun 1899, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1981, Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1956  Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F175  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Apr 1905 - New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jul 1930 - Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1956 - Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Sep 1983 - McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Camargo (Westside) Cemetery, Camargo, Dewey County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1916
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1916
    Josephine was the ninth of thirteen children born to John Dominic Morlas and Lucine Roquevert
    Morlas, Lucine and daughters
    Morlas, Lucine and daughters
    This formal portrait of Mms. Morlas and her daughters was taken around 1918 in New Orleans. Her husband and her four sons were not pictured.

    Back Row (l to r): Eugenia, Juliet, Leontine, Clothilde

    Front Row (l to r): Estelle, Josephine, Eleanor, Mme. Lucine Roquevert Morlas, Vivian, Lucille
    Morlas, Eugenia and Josephine
    Morlas, Eugenia and Josephine
    Sisters Jenny and Josephine Morlas before 1920
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1929
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1929
    Josephine prior to her European Cruise in the Summer of 1929. This scan was made from a xerox of the original photo owned by Keith McGuire, accounting for its poor quality.
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1930's
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1930's
    This was probably after her marriage to Keith McGuire in 1930
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1940
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1940
    The wife of Keith David McGuire
    B. 1905 Louisiana D. 1983 Oklahoma
    Morlas Siblings, 1946
    Morlas Siblings, 1946
    This photo was probably taken in February 1946, when the children of John Morlas and Lucine Roquevert were together for the funeral of their mother.

    Back left to right—Leon Morlas, Juliet Morlas, Paul Morlas, Jennie (Morlas) Bishop, John Morlas, Leontine (Morlas) Zahn, Eleanor (Morlas) Rohli, Louis Morlas.

    Front—Stella (Morlas) Trapani, Vivian (Morlas) Schoenfeld, Josephine (Morlas) McGuire, and Lucille (Morlas) Quinn.



    Morlas Sister Reunion, between 1954-1956, New Orleans
    Morlas Sister Reunion, between 1954-1956, New Orleans
    Josephine visiting with her sisters on a trip to New Orleans
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1965
    Morlas, Josephine ca 1965
    After her children were grown, the widowed Josephine Morlas McGuire moved to Woodward Oklahoma, where she married Kenneth Carpenter and worked as a waitress at several small cafes.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Morlas, Eleanor, Vivian and Josephine
    Morlas, Eleanor, Vivian and Josephine
    The three youngest of the Morlas sisters, Eleanor Rohli, Vivian Schoenfeld, and Josephine Carpenter. This was taken around 1980, on Josephine's last trip to New Orleans.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    Documents
    Morlas, Josephine Marguerite, Parish of Orleans Birth Registration
    Morlas, Josephine Marguerite, Parish of Orleans Birth Registration
    Receipt, from the Parish of Orleans--Office of the Board of Health and Recorder of Births, Marriages and Deaths, for the registration of the birth on Josephine Marguerite Morlas on April 13, 1905
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Morlas, Josephine (Mrs. Kenneth Carpenter)
    Morlas, Josephine (Mrs. Kenneth Carpenter)
    Pittsburgh County, Oklahoma Death certificate, note that the date of birth is in error, her actual date of birth being April 13, 1905
    Morlas, Josephine (Mrs. Kenneth Carpenter)
    Morlas, Josephine (Mrs. Kenneth Carpenter)
    Funeral Memorium
    Mitochodrial DNA (mtDNA), Haplogroup K
    Mitochodrial DNA (mtDNA), Haplogroup K
    Sample from Tom Strong, representing mtDNA he inherited from his mother, Patricia McGuire, going back through her mother, Josephine Morlas, Josephine's mother, Lucine Roquevert, and Lucine's mother, Blazine Pene. Based the research of Bennie Zahn of New Orleans, Blazine's maternal line can be traced back another four generations, to Marie Longanere born sometime before1730, presumably in the Hautes-Pyrénées region of France, where Blazine was born.

    Headstones
    Carpenter, Josephine (Morlas) McGuire
    Carpenter, Josephine (Morlas) McGuire

  • Sources 
    1. [S479] Zahn, Bennie Jay--The Families Pene Roquevert Morlas (Privately Published; New Orleans, LA 1992) , updates and corrections issued periodically.