Grace Morris

Grace K. Morris, age 92, of Storm Lake died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 in Sioux City.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in Lake Lutheran Cemetery in rural Goldfield. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of arrangements. 

Grace Kathleen Harvey was born Oct. 18, 1925 on the family farm near Goldfield, the daughter of Herman and Esther (Gangstead) Harvey. She was baptized and confirmed at Lake Lutheran Church in rural Goldfield. Grace attended country school and graduated from Goldfield High School in 1943. She continued her education at Waldorf College in Forest City, graduating with a teaching degree in 1945.

Grace met the love of her life, Robert Ray Morris, while teaching sixth grade in Cresco. They were married at Lake Lutheran Church on June 15, 1946. Following the ceremony, they left for Fort Collins, Colo., where Bob had enrolled at Colorado State College. The young couple then moved to Chicago, Ill., where Bob had been accepted to Illinois School of Podiatric Medicine and Foot Surgery. After his graduation in 1951, Grace and Bob decided to make their home in Storm Lake, where Bob set up his private practice as a podiatrist.

Faith was always the center of Grace’s life. Devoted to her Lutheran heritage, Grace belonged to St. Mark Lutheran Church where she was active in the choir, circle and mission work. She helped in the kitchen for many weddings and funerals.

Grace was a compassionate caregiver all of her life, from helping care for her ill grandmother as a young girl to caring for her own children and husband, and then later caring for her own mother. She remained a caregiver to many, even when she herself needed extra care. Her loving kindness was known to all.

Music always played an important role to Grace. She was involved in musical productions in high school and college. She was a soloist at many weddings and events. Grace helped direct community musicals and was a long time member of the Melody Club. She passed her love of music to all of her children.

Many people were drawn to Grace’s sparkling personality. She loved people and people loved her. She was a great conversationalist as well as a wonderful listener. Her wit, sense of humor and sweetness expanded her friendships to all ages. 

Grace was also known to be an excellent cook. Her involvement in 4-H and helping her mother prepare meals developed her culinary skills as a young girl. She was awarded a trip to the Iowa State Fair for her bread-making ability. Her family and friends shared many meals that Grace had lovingly prepared for them. She was a gracious hostess and made all her guests feel welcome.

Grace made time for social activities. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter JD, numerous bridge clubs, card groups, and danced with Bob with the Penguin Club. In her spare time, Grace enjoyed sewing, doing word puzzles, watching wildlife, decorating and shopping. She and Bob made several trips to areas of the United States after his retirement.

Grace was well known to have a heart of gold. She was proud of her 100% Norwegian heritage which promoted her strong work ethic and determination. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Kathleen and husband F. Law Henderson III of Anchorage, Alaska; Krystine and husband Robert Savidge of Mesa, Ariz.; Greg Morris of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; and Jan and husband Ron Mummert of Spencer, Iowa; grandchildren Madeleine, F. Law IV (Rachel), Aaron, and Trace (Ashley) Henderson; Bryant Savidge; Ray Erik Morris; and special grandcats Henry and Trixie Mummert; 10 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Maxine Harvey of Sheffield; Ellen Harvey of Badger; Fran Anderson of Ankeny; and brother-in-law George and Mary Morris of  West Okoboji; honorary children Mike and Deb Estes and their family of Traer; extended family and many friends.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dr. Robert Morris; brothers Elmer (Valborg) Harvey, Raynard Harvey, Donald (Charlene) Harvey, Roger Harvey; and granddaughter Anne Michelle Savidge.