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MORRIS, LYNETTE IRIS nee PACEY

 

Lynette Morris was born on the 5 January 1937 at New Plymouth, the daughter of Eric Arthur and Iris Mary Pacey nee Ritter. She attended Hawera Primary and Hawera Technical High Schools, and upon leaving, worked as a teller at the Bank of New Zealand.

 

While at high school, Lynette contracted a painful bone condition, osteocondritis, and showed amazing patience with her disability, refusing to allow it to interfere with her schooling and music studies. At the age of seven, Lynette studied pianoforte with Vera Mortimer leading to her attainent of the ATCL diploma in 1956.

 

Lynette started teaching piano at the age of 15. She learnt the cello under Mr H C A Fox in 1949, and then joined Hawera Orchestra in 1950. As an adult she learnt singing from Beatrice Webster and passed to grade eight in 1983.  She was pipe organist at St Mary's Anglican Church for nine years, and at the Wesley Church for five years.

 

For many years she was tutor and conductor of Hawera Intermediate and Hawera High School orchestras, and was in demand as an accompanist of quality and renown for innumerable singers and artists.

 

Many will remember Lynette's 12 years with the performing arts society as conductor of the 200 voice massed choir for START 87, and her countless appearances, including accompanist for Municipal Band and Gang Shows.

 

Tribute is due to the nationally acclaimed Morris Singers, and to the pleasure given to so many people over the 13 years of their existence.  Through Lynette Morris's leadership the singers attained professional versatility and popularity.

 

Lynette Morris died on 29 May 1992 at Hawera aged 55 years. She was a granddaughter of Bessie Maud Pacey.