Grace Ridenhower Morris


(May 14, 2001)

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at First Baptist Church in Powell for Grace Ridenhower Morris, 95, who died Monday evening, May 14 at the Powell Nursing Home.

She had been a resident of Powell for over 60 years.

Pastor Jesse Sauskojus officiated at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 8, 1905, in Vienna, Ill., to Oscar and Minnie (Cochran) Ridenhower. Following high school graduation, she attended college in Valley City, N.D., and then taught school for a few years in Golden Valley County, N.D.

She married Henry (Harold) Morris in Glendive, Mont., on Oct. 16, 1929. He died May 7, 1980.

She was a true "volunteer" in many areas. She was Past Noble Grand of Eastern Star and Naomi Rebekah Lodge No. 36. She received her lifetime certificate for being in the lodge more than 50 years, and Rebekahs will perform a graveside rite in her honor.

She had been a real worker in the lodge until her health failed.

She also served as a First Baptist Church Deaconess, was a member of Mary's and Martha's and also taught Sunday School.

During her working years, she was employed at the Powell J.C. Penney Store and at Kopriva's General Store.

Survivors include her daughter, Maxine R. Morris of Powell; sisters Jean Horstman and husband Robert of Evansville, Ind., and Violet Richey of Newberg, Ind.; granddaughter Rhondi Clark and husband Chris of Highland Ranch, Colo., and grandson Flann Eller and wife Shannon of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Billy A. Greaham, Flann Eller, Roger Price, Kenneth Price, Chris Clark and Fred Muffley. Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Eller and Manuel Martinez.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Bethel, in care of First Baptist Church, or the Alzheimer's Association.