DONNA JOYCE MORRISON
Donna Joyce Morrison, 79, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Ringgold County Hospital. She was born March 24, 1934 in Tingley, Iowa to George and Iola Ferguson. She attended school in Tingley, graduating in 1952, and played in the state girls basketball tournament her senior year.
After high school she was a secretary in Newton, Iowa and in Mount Ayr until her marriage. On February 14, 1954 she married Roger Morrison at her family home in Tingley and became a full-time homemaker. To this union three children were born, John, Becky and Lori. She was devoted to her family and was a faithful wife and mother. She was a stay-at-home mom and excelled at that job. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with undying love and affection, always telling them, ‘You’re special and don’t forget it.’
She attended the Tingley Presbyterian Church for many years and served as pianist and organist from age 16 to 76. She also taught Sunday school. Over the years she gave piano lessons to children in the area, including her grandsons. She was active in the Tingley United Presbyterian Women and Tingley Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed writing cards and letters, spending time with her family, attending the grandsons’ school events, playing for church, baking cookies for family and friends and attending Roger’s Army reunions. She enjoyed winters spent at LaFeria, TX and the many new friends they made there.
She is survived by son John of the home, daughter Becky and husband Tiger Gordon of Fayette, Missouri and daughter Lori and husband Rich Mercer of Kellerton, Iowa; grandchildren Tony Mercer and wife Ashley of Tingley, Iowa, Alex Mercer and wife Tanicia of Des Moines, Iowa, Andy Mercer of Ames, Iowa and Matt Mercer of Ankeny, Iowa; great-grandchildren Angela and Tysen Mercer of Des Moines, Iowa and Logan and Jackson Mercer of Tingley, Iowa, and siblings Darl and wife Ann Ferguson and Gayle and husband Richard Lechtenberger of Creston Iowa, Hugh and wife Tonya Ferguson of Warsaw, Illinois and Gary and wife Connie Ferguson, of Baxter, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Tingley City Park or the charity of the donor’s choice. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Services were conducted at the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church in Mount Ayr on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, with Pastor Mike Maddy and Rev. Jamie Page officiating. Musicians were Nancy Sackett and Jamie Page.
Casket bearers included Tony Mercer, Alex Mercer, Andy Mercer, Matt Mercer, Mike Lechtenberger, Tiger Gordon and Rich Mercer.
Burial was in the Tingley Cemetery in Tingley.