Travel veteran Dody Morton, 81, dies

first_img But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. When she landed in Turkey, it was late at night but, undaunted, she boarded a bus to the next town. The bus driver dropped her off on a lonely country road with only her suitcase. There she was at 77 years old, standing beside the road in a desolate area with no humans visible anywhere until a farmer came along on his tractor. Using sign language, she made him understand her plight and he allowed her to stand on the back of his tractor, holding her suitcase, as he slowly made his way to the next town. Was she afraid? Well, maybe a little. “It was scary, but it was so funny that I couldn’t be too concerned with that,” she said. Another time, she drove all the way down the Pacific coast to Guatemala. She had as her traveling companion a woman who was just along for the ride and was no help with the driving. She could not be dissuaded from her travels by her two sons, David and Greg, who worried about her getting into situations she might not be able to handle. “People are the same everywhere. You treat them well and they’ll return the courtesy. Besides, I call the boys once in awhile to let them know I’m OK,” she said. When the news of her death Nov. 20 was circulated, condolences for her sons came from all over the world. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Hot roast beef sandwich, soup, mashed potatoes, winter squash, marinated salad, apple pie. Tuesday: Chicken divan, buttered noodles, stewed tomatoes, egg drop soup, coleslaw, gelatin. Wednesday: Roast pork, bread dressing, peas and carrots, marinated beets, orange. Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, spinach, soup, tossed salad, peaches. Friday: Taco salad, macaroni salad, orange juice, tapioca pudding. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5742.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals She was a dedicated traveler, hence the e-mail moniker “nomadgal.” Her travels weren’t like everybody else’s, though. When she took a trip, she was likely to be gone a couple of years. Morton spent 10 years as manager of a travel agency. During those days, her travels were for business, but she learned a lot and wanted more. A widow, she hit upon a plan to give her wide scope in choosing the places she could visit. She took a course in teaching English as a second language and packed her bags. When she got to her destination, with the use of a lot of sign language, she found a family that contained at least one person who had a smattering of English and wanted to learn more. She then would move in with the family and teach English in exchange for her room and board. “I really got to know the people and made many lasting friendships that way,” she said in an earlier interview. LANCASTER Dody Morton, “The Nomad Gal,” has taken her last trip. She lost her valiant battle with cancer at age 81. It was a measure of the kind of person she was that she had triumphed over the disease three times before it finally won out. She knew what her odds were with the last diagnosis, but she wasn’t about to let it keep her from doing what she wanted to do as long as she could. “I think people with this kind of problem should keep a positive attitude and not let it hold them back from doing the things they want to do,” Morton said last year after her fourth cancer metastasized. last_img read more