A beloved mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Morgan Elizabeth Augustine left this world unexpectedly at age 28 on July 31, 2019. Born in Stamford, Connecticut on June 20, 1991 to Ted and Diane Augustine, Morgan grew up in Redding, Connecticut where she attended Redding Elementary School, John Read Middle School, and Joel Barlow High School. Her soprano voice floated through the Christ Church children’s choir, and she attended the First Church of Christ, Congregational as a youth member.
Morgan was funny, outgoing and vivacious, and her interests and joys were eclectic. She loved to dance, and took classes in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. In the summer Morgan sailed at Noroton Yacht Club and won many awards, including a sportsmanship trophy that is still on display. She loved everything outdoors: horseback riding, fishing, swimming, canoeing, downhill skiing and hiking, and was an accomplished artist. Her passion for art shines through in her ceramics, photography and painting. Morgan worked briefly at modeling, took photos aboard the USS Intrepid, and sailed as crew on a clipper ship, just to name a few.
Morgan was a loving and compassionate person with a beautiful smile that could light up your soul. She loved her parents and her big brother Chris, whom she looked up to and was very proud of. She cherished her daughter, Courtney Lillian Sommerer, 18 months old. She spoke a lot about her daughter, her one happiness on cloudy days, her hope for the future. Her prayer was that Courtney would always be loved and happy. Morgan wanted most to live her life with fiancé Erich as husband and wife. She loved with her whole heart, and there are so many more who meant so much to her.
Morgan, sadly, had fears and anxieties. She mistakenly thought that alcohol and drugs would numb her long enough so that problems would disappear or work themselves out. No matter the reason, this horrible disease consumed her.
She leaves behind her parents Diane Augustine and Theodore S.P. Augustine, brother Christopher, fiancé Erich J. Sommerer, their daughter Courtney Lillian Sommerer, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
When you think of Morgan, celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and should be lived to the fullest. She had talent and beauty; she had our love.
A Celebration of Life will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at First Church of Christ, 184 Cross Highway (Redding Center) in Redding. A reception will follow in the church reception hall. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that a donation be made for Morgan’s daughter Courtney. Donations can be sent to Christopher P. Norris, Esq., 65 Main St., Danbury CT 06810. “Morgan Augustine” must be included in the memo line.