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Zoe McMorran 03/19/2017

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Zoe DaZhi McMorran, age 16, passed away on March 19, 2017 just as the sun came out that afternoon.  Her final days were spent surrounded by love from family and close friends at her home in North Attleboro. 

A sophomore at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, MA, Zoe explored the Early Education program as a freshman where her passion for children shined. She then joined the Culinary Arts Program this year which was a perfect match for her creative side and love of all things sweet and savory.  She truly enjoyed working with her classmates, teachers, and staff, and always looked forward to greeting the patrons at Gerry’s Place (Tri County’s own restaurant) with a smile on her face.

Zoe volunteered at Sacred Heart on Sunday’s assisting with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program.   She also enjoyed her role at the World War I Park and Zoo caring for the animals on the weekends and as a counselor in training for their summer camp.

Zoe lived life to the fullest embracing all that was offered.  Her positive attitude reminded others of the most important things in life like family, friends, and of course, food J   Her humor and smile easily turned tough situations into good ones.   She loved her music and singing and would never miss an opportunity to record a new track at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp recording studio.  She loved cooking and baking and couldn’t wait to try out recipes in her new Pioneer Woman cookbook.   A stroke left Zoe with some physical limitations but her determination, perseverance, and optimistic attitude allowed her to achieve greatness.  Zoe attended Loral Sims School of Dance Studio 1 & 2, where she enjoyed Lyrical, Ballet, and her most recent passion Musical Theatre.  And, she also loved her Tuesday evening art classes at M. Walker Studio exploring a variety of mediums alongside her sister Avery and some very special classmates creating pieces that will be forever cherished.

From an early age, Zoe was ever the jokester.  All who met Zoe easily and immediately understood that she embraced every moment.  Her ability to connect with others was very special.  A simple “Good Morning” or “Hi” could change anyone’s day. Zoe’s self-confidence was admirable and an inspiration to others. Her smile was contagious, her laugh infectious, her sense of humor unique, and her ability to surreptitiously steal a person’s cellphone to take selfies or other random photographs was unparalleled.     

Zoe sang, danced, and laughed her way through life.  Her simple approach to each day was a blessing and an opportunity to brighten other people’s lives.  Zoe’s passing reminds us that her life is one to be celebrated.  Although we miss her presence terribly, she remains forever in our hearts.

Zoe leaves behind the teams at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, VNA Care and Hospice, and many loving therapists who were devoted to Zoe and making life about living.  They truly were an extension of family for Zoe.

Zoe is survived by her loving parents, Pat and Jen McMorran; and sister Avery McMorran of North Attleboro Massachusetts; paternal grandparents Phillip and Monica McMorran of Ridgefield Connecticut; Maternal grandmother Judy Watt of Sodus Point New York;

Aunts and uncles: Michelle Chapman, Brian and Mara Watt, Alison and Steve Sulentic, Tom and Colleen McMorran, Kate and Steve Leavey and Craig Chapman;  13 cousins: Alec, Hailey, Mia, Ella Rae, Sully, Ros, Gus, Katie, Hope,  Danny, Matt, Julia, and Angie; cherished friends: Rachel Randall, Steph Dixon and Mackenzie Page; and countless other adoring great aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather David Watt; cousin Vivian Watt, and her beloved dog Baxter.

Calling hours are to be held Friday March 24, 2017, from 4-8 pm at Sacred Heart Church, North Attleboro, Massachusetts.  a celebratory funeral mass will be held Saturday March 25, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Sacred Heart Church, North Attleboro, Massachusetts. A collation will follow the service.

Donations may be made in Zoe’s memory to The Zoe D. McMorran Benefit account, 369 Old Post Road, North Attleboro, MA 02760, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Ashford, CT 06278 at http://www.holeinthewallgang.org/get-involved/#donate  or The Floating Hospital for Children – Pediatric Oncology / Hematology Clinic, 755 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02116.

Arrangements provided by Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.  To sign an online guestbook for Zoe, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.


#31 Donna Specht 2017-03-29 02:01
Judy and family,
Sending our love and prayers your way as you grieve the loss of your beautiful granddaughter/d aughter Zoe. We are so very sorry to hear about her passing. Praying for comfort, peace and strength for you all.
--The Hope for Mental Health Team/Cross Creek Church
Donna, Don, Karen and Jason
#30 Karen n Don Warters 2017-03-28 22:59
Our prayers continue for all of you. Know that the Lord holds you in the palm of His hand!!! God's peace be upon you!
#29 Al Cote 2017-03-25 19:10
Thinking of your young family and the heartache of your loss. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Zoe in her culinary workshop this year. Zoe was the sweetest, kindest, friendliest, and most positive student in all of Tri County. She is a joy to all students, and teachers. Her time in culinary arts was tough work. It kept her busy. She was up to the task. She was the best greeter at the school restaurant. She was gracious to all with of course her heartwarming smile and a gleam in her eye. This young lady melted our hearts. Zoe was a dynamic happy and spiritual being who touched everyone she would meet. Her unconditional love of others was inspirational. Thanks Zoe! Thanks for the memories. You taught us much. Celebrating your life is only Just, and Righteous like you. I know you are smiling on all of us. Rest in Peace!
#28 Michele Clark 2017-03-25 16:07
I feel so blessed to have known Zoe. She had an amazing personality and always made me smile. She will always have a special place in my heart. Pat, Jen and Avery my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#27 Lisa Riggs Hobbs 2017-03-25 16:06
Pat, Jen, Avery and all the McMorrans,
The Riggs family and I send you our love and prayers. I am overwhelmed by the strength you all have demonstrated, especially Zoe and Avery. As a mother of identical twins, your journey has affected me deeply. Wishing you peace and light, Lisa Riggs Hobbs
#26 Pamela Michaud 2017-03-25 05:14
I did not know Zoe, but my daughter Mackenzie is friends with both your daughters at Tri-County. Mackenzie told me of Zoe's illness and then passing yesterday and what a fantastic person she was. My deepest condolences to all the family and to her sister Avery. May all the memories you shared as a family help to bring you comfort at this very difficult time. May Zoe soar with the Angels and watch over you all.
Pamela & Mackenzie Michaud
#25 David and Shelley U. 2017-03-24 20:16
Sad news. Zoe's courage and determination are an inspiration to all who met her. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of her family and friends.
Her friends in Sodus Point will never forget her smile.
God bless.
#24 Sammi Robertson 2017-03-24 18:16
Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Zoe's infectious smile is in our mind and in our heart. With love from the Robertson family.
#23 Kate MacNeil 2017-03-24 17:15
I am so sorry for your loss,My daughter Hannah attends tri-county with the girls, may Zoe rest in peace

#22 Virna Brown 2017-03-24 14:57
May we all be reminded of the wonderful light she shined for us all with her time here on earth. She had a message for everyone of us. Live your life to the fullest.
I send you my deepest of sympathies to your family.
May she be the brightest star in the sky and live in your hearts.
#21 Maureen Will 2017-03-24 13:26
My deepest sympathy to your family. My staff and I took great pleasure and pride in being a "opZOmist and looked forward each year to creating a pumpkin. You and Mackenzie inspired us to be better and do more and your light will always shine here in Newtown.
#20 Gill and Andy Hart 2017-03-24 05:04
Sending so much love and prayers from South Africa. To an amazing family who have inspired us all. Zoe it was a privilege to have met you and what better surroundings than the magic of Disneyworld! Amy, Luke and Paige loved spending time with you and Avery in all the excitement Disney brings. Keep a watch on us and help us to never forget your opZomism !
#19 Lily Wetehrbee 2017-03-24 01:29
Zoe Will forever be missed by all friends and family. She was an amazing person with a beautiful smile. I will be dancing for you this Friday Night.
Love, Lily xoxo
#18 Christine McEleney 2017-03-24 01:00
Zoe had the best smile and was always smiling when she came to clinic!! She had a great sense of humor. We will miss her in clinic. May all your cherished memories bring you a laugh or smile when needed most in the coming days and months ahead.
#17 RuthAnn VanDeGiesen 2017-03-24 00:14
Remembering happy little girls ( before they could even walk), how they ran up and down the gym floors at Wheaton College while Jen coached our Special Olympians, known as the Boro Bombers. We became attached to Avery and Zoe then and watched them grow through the years. Today our hearts are sorrowful for the loss of Zoe, but grateful for the love and joy she brought to so many, her family most surely. Blessings to her sweet and colorful memory. So many of us share your loss, but it yours most deeply. Love to you Pat, Jen and Avery.
#16 Todd Randall 2017-03-23 19:14
It has been my honor and pleasure to have known Zoe for as long as I have. She was a unique and incredible person and I will dearly miss her. I loved her devotion to her family and friends and her goofy sense of humor. She handled her illness with great courage and character. I have so much respect for the person that she grew to be. Her loss is a great one for all of us. I miss her greatly and offer my deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
#15 Nancy Siewers 2017-03-23 16:22
There are a few students and families that make such an impression that they stay with you long after they've left your classroom. Zoe and all of you are certainly in that group. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful daughter/sister . Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
#14 Sheila Paquette 2017-03-23 15:16
My condolences to Zoe's family and friends. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Fly high sweet angel.
#13 Cathy Rosenfield 2017-03-23 14:39
From the first day that we met Zoe, she quickly became a part of the clinic community. She had an infectious grin no matter what she faced, each and every day. We were fortunate to get to know her and her family, all of whom are amazing individuals. We will miss seeing her smile and hearing her laugh. We are thinking about you and Zoe.
#12 Darlene 2017-03-23 14:19
My heart goes out to you and your family, Avery's other heart and soul will be missed. Loved joking around with Zoey Zo, in the clinic, she was a joy and touched all of our lives, she will be missed
#11 Katie Gutwill 2017-03-23 14:02
I did not not your daughter but my two sons go to Tri County, I'm so sorry for your loss another young life taken way to soon. May Zoe rest in eternal peace.

Katie Gutiwll
#10 The Keaneys 2017-03-23 13:55
Dear Jen and family-we are so very sorry for your loss.
#9 Cindra Walsh 2017-03-23 13:41
So sorry for your loss. Anytime I'd see Zoe she always had a smile on her face and would make a point to say hi to my daughter, that meant so much to Mollie. My thoughts and Payers for your family.
#8 Tiffany Wetherbee 2017-03-23 13:11
Zoe will be greatly missed by all. Her humor, kindness, spunky spirit and contagious smile will be remembered forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Love, Tiffany, Veda & Lily
#7 Rob Brennan 2017-03-23 12:52
My thoughts and prayers are with Zoe and her family and friends. She inspired the community and had a great impact on everyone who came in contact with her.
#6 Peggy Flynn 2017-03-23 11:36
So sorry for your​ loss. Take comfort in all the love she knew and all the joy and love she shared.
#5 Alison & Steve 2017-03-23 11:35
Zoe, you are our joy and our inspiration. We will always be OpZomists.

Love, Aunt Alison, Uncle Steve, Rose and Gus
#4 Kristen Sacco 2017-03-23 01:29
Zoe, you will forever be missed by your family, friends, and teachers. You always brought a smile to my face when you walked into my classroom. Your love and passion for life was contagious. Rest in peace.
#3 Michele Dillon 2017-03-23 00:17
My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am honored to have shared a short time with Zoe as a faith formation student. I will treasure the joy of her beautiful smile and her kindness.
My deepest regards, Michele Dillon.
#2 Adele Hornsby 2017-03-22 23:36
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Zoe had the biggest smile and will be with me always.
#1 Bill and Jill Nobes 2017-03-22 23:21
We send love and peaceful prayers to you all.
What an amazing girl Zoe was and will continue to be in heaven, shining down on you all.

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