Nuria Kudeki Morey


Nuria Kudeki Morey died in Newton on November 1, 2011. She was 82.

She was born in 1929 in Mukden (now Shenyang), China, within the Turk-Tartar community. As refugees from the second Sino-Japanese war, her family fled first to Peiping (now Beijing), then to the Philippines, and finally to Australia.

Nuria lived in Sydney where she met Ronald Morey. They married in 1952. They were married for 53 years when he died in 2005. After their wedding, the couple traveled across Asia, Europe, and Canada with extended work stays in Istanbul, London, and Montreal before settling in Newton in 1959. After several years of volunteer work in her children’s schools, she became a Newton Public School System employee until she retired in 1988.

Nuria took numerous trips with her husband through Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Australia after retirement. She was a gourmet cook, loved trips to the beach as well as skiing, tennis, and small-boat sailing. She was an avid outdoors person, holding long-term Appalachian Mountain Club and Audubon Society memberships. She and her husband enjoyed an annual week of hiking and camaraderie at the AMC Echo Lake Camp on Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

Nuria is survived by her son, Erol, and his wife, Barbara, and their children, Ian and Katherine, of Thornton, Colorado; her son, Graham, of Vineyard Haven; and her daughter, Nicole, and her son, Liam, of West Tisbury; and her niece, Guldum Ibrahim, of Reno, Nevada.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11 am at the First Unitarian Society of Newton, 1326 Washington Street, West Newton.

Donations in Nuria’s name may be sent to AMC – Echo Lake, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108