Muriel Morris Jorgenson

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 12:00pm

Muriel Morris Jorgenson, 92, of Boothbay Harbor, beloved wife of Bob Jacobson, died November 7, 2012 after a long illness.

She was born October 8, 1920 in Bridgeport, Conn. to Ernest and Beatrice Morris. She attended school in Fairfield, Conn. and attended Quinnipiac University earning an associate's degree. She went to secretarial school in New York City and then was hired as a secretary at the Harvey Hubbell Co. (now Hubbell, Inc.) at the Wiring Devices Division,  in Bridgeport, Conn. She was eventually promoted to secretary to the division president, and then moved to corporate headquarters in Orange, Conn. where she became secretary to the director of corporate marketing and then secretary and executive assistant to the chairman and chief executive officer. She retired in June 1985.

In 1941 she married her childhood sweetheart, Bernard Jorgenson. He died in 1974 indirectly from wounds suffered in the Korean War. They had no children.

In 1976 she met Bob Jacobson. After his retirement from IBM and the Air National Guard, they moved to his family home on Harris Point, Boothbay Harbor.

Her passion was flowers and gardening, and spent many happy days planting flower gardens around their home. She also loved animals, was a supporter of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, and always had a pet cocker spaniel.

She was a member of several organizations. She joined the Boothbay Region Garden Club and was club president for the 1997-99 term. She later served on the board of the Garden Club Federation of Maine.

During her presidency, she teamed with Pat McMichael to create the beautiful Butterfly Garden at Boothbay Center. She also put together a very successful flower show with participants from all over southern Maine; the first show the Club had produced in many years.

She was a member of the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club for 13 years. As a member she ran the Rotary Auction Flea Market for a couple years and later was asked to be president but she turned the offer down in order to help her husband in his term as district governor. She has been awarded multiple Paul Harris Fellow awards.

She was an active member of PEO, a Philosophical Educational Organization.

In 2000 she and a friend chaired the St. Andrews Auxiliary fundraising lottery and set a record of selling all 300 $100 raffle tickets weeks before the deadline. She became a celebrity by walking and visiting every store in Boothbay Harbor in one day.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Jacobson; his children, Dawne Young, husband Clark and their daughters Christine and Phoebe of Clinton, Conn.; Rob Jacobson, wife Joanne and their daughter Annabel of Foxboro, Mass.; cousins in Connecticut and Florida; and distant relatives in Great Britain.

There will be a celebration of her life later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.