Helen Lucine Morlock Etherton, 94, passed away peacefully at Carolina Village Medical Center Tuesday, March 10, after a long period of declining health. A native of Illinois, she was a daughter of the late James R. and Elizabeth King Morlock. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Morlock and sister, Mary Elizabeth Morlock Fink. She was a graduate of Urbana High School, Urbana, IL and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from the University of Illinois. She was a long time member of the university’s Chi Omega Sorority. She married William C. Etherton in Atlantic City, NJ on December 19, 1941. Following a three-day honeymoon, William, who was enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Forces during WW II, was shipped overseas to serve in North Africa and Italy for the next 3 1/2 years. Despite the hardship of this lengthy separation, their marriage endured for the next 73 years. They spent the last 30 years as residents of Henderson County. Mrs. Etherton enjoyed volunteer work with Pardee Hospital Auxiliary and received a 3000 hour pin for service. She was also one of Pardee Hospital’s “Women of Hope” having been a two time cancer survivor. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and an active member of the Catholic Women’s Guild.
Mrs. Etherton is survived by her husband, William C. Etherton; two sons, James W. Etherton and his wife Cindy of Swansea, IL and Jud Etherton and his wife Gayle of Hendersonville; four grandchildren, Julie Etherton Parker and her husband Jeff of Salisbury, Dottie Etherton Morgan and her husband Chad of Peoria, AZ, Myra Etherton McDonough and her husband Kip of Hickory and James Justin Etherton of Belleville, IL; six great-grandchildren, Sarah and Brian Parker, Will, Landon and Grace Morgan and Harrison McDonough.
A mass of the resurrection will be celebrated 10:00 am Friday, March 13, in the main sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Church. The Reverend Praveen Boyapati will officiate. Burial will be in Carbondale, IL at a later date. The family will receive guests at the church following the service.
The family would like to thank the staff at Carolina Village Medical Center and Care Center and Four Seasons Hospice for their care and help during this period.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pardee Hospital Foundation (Women of Hope), 800 N. Justice St. Hendersonville, NC 28791 or to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731.