Shirley Morter

Obituary of Shirley Rudisill Morter

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Obituary for Shirley Rudisill Morter


Shirley Rudisill Morter died on November 25, 2022 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC due to complications following surgery. She was 87. 

Mrs. Morter was born on October 11, 1935 in Eagle Rock, Virginia. She married Dale C. Morter in 1958, and the two lived in Japan for the following year.  The Morters then moved to Chapel Hill, NC, and eight years later to Pittsburgh, PA, where they would remain until 1986.  Returning to Chapel Hill for good, Mrs. Morter resumed working for the University of North Carolina Department of Psychiatry, from where she retired in 2013, following 34 years of service. At the time of her retirement, Mrs. Morter was the Director of Administration for UNC’s private patient psychiatric practice.

Mrs. Morter loved to spend time with family, friends, and her beloved pets, and she had a passion for travel.  She traveled extensively through the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and Central America, and made two trips to Africa in 2015 and 2018, which she described as life-changing. 

Mrs. Morter is survived by her husband, Dale C. Morter, of Chapel Hill, NC; her son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Connie Morter of Wilmington, NC; her son Christopher of Atlanta, GA; her sister Rhoda R. Hill, of Covington, VA; her sister Brenda R. Goodrich, of Chapel Hill, NC, her grandson Benjamin Morter, and her great-grandson, Dexter Morter of Carrollton, VA; She is preceded in death by her sisters, Delories Riddlebarger and Sandra Hill.

Mrs. Morter will be interred in a private ceremony on December 10, 2022.  A memorial service will take place on December 10, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, in Chapel Hill, NC.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mrs. Morter’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital ( or Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (  Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill is assisting the family.