Marcia C. Morales

Marcia C. Morales

Marcia C. Morales passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 11, 2024, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Marcia was born in Havana, Cuba on March 3, 1942.  In 1960, one week after marrying her beloved husband, Dick, the pair left Cuba and came to the United States because Castro’s Communist regime had overthrown the government. At the time, they thought they would return to Cuba in six months.  Instead, they stayed in the United States and built a life here. In 1963, they made Jacksonville their home.

Marcia started working as an elementary school Spanish teacher before joining Dick as a partner in Morgar Realty. She often said that the decision to remain in the United States was the best decision she and Dick made.  She felt extraordinary gratitude to the Country that welcomed her family and was determined to give back by serving her community. As a way of expressing her thanks, Marcia devoted most of her life to charitable and philanthropic endeavors. She was an active and committed volunteer, served on nonprofit boards, and oversaw countless fundraising events for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Jacksonville Symphony, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Gabriel House, United Way of Northeast Florida, the St. Vincent’s Women’s Council, and many more. A devout catholic, Marcia was a faithful parishioner of San Jose Catholic Church for more than 60 years.

Marcia adored her family, especially her grandchildren. And she loved to travel.  She and Dick traveled all over the world with family and friends. She was a consummate hostess who truly delighted in entertaining and cooking her signature dishes: frijoles negros, paella, and flan. Like an ambassador for the City of Jacksonville, Marcia made sure that anyone who was new to the community received the same warm welcome and support that had been extended to her young family. And through her passionate friendships, old and new, Marcia left an indelible mark on the lives of so very many people.

Marcia is survived by her devoted husband of almost 64 years, Dick; her children, Rosa Maria King (Fitch), Rick Morales (Amy), and Ia Howard (Laurence); her grandchildren, Ty King (Ellie), Alex King (Elizabeth), Amanda Howard, Ry Morales, Gray King, Marlo Morales, and Webb Howard; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews that she adored. She is also survived by her brother, Armando Codina (Margarita), brother in laws Eduardo Morales (Georgina) and Jorge Morales (Marjorie), and half-sister, Teresa Codina (Gerry).  Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, Armando Codina and Rosa Delgado.

A rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024, and a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, both at San Jose Catholic Church. Following the mass, the family will receive visitors at a reception at San Jose Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.

Never wanting to see anyone in sadness, today, Marcia would want you to smile and “flip the page”.  May she rest in peace.

2 Comments

  • Dottie Dorion Posted May 17, 2024 3:21 pm

    How blessed I was to have my friend Maria for decades, but it’s never long enough. We shared many happy times. She was a blessing to so many in need with her charitable work, especially her loyalty to Community Hospice. She loved all of her family and took such pride in their Christmas card photos with everyone there.
    Rest in Peace on a life well lived. Deepest Sympathy to Ricardo and all the family. Love, Dottie Dorion.

  • Allen Wiser Posted May 19, 2024 12:51 pm

    Steady and family oriented.
    An A+.
    Proud to have known her.

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