Memorial services for Barbara Morris, 76, of Britton will be at 11am on Saturday, September 10, at Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel in Groton. A time of fellowship and gathering will follow. Services will be broadcast live on GDILIVE.COM and will also be broadcast on GDIRADIO at 89.3 FM, available within 1 mile of Groton.
Barbara moved on peacefully from her earthly life on Monday, September 5, 2022, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Barbara Carolyn Johnson was born on February 11, 1946, in Britton, South Dakota, to Lambert and Florence (Carlson) Johnson. She must have felt like she needed to keep up with her two older siblings on the family farm near Claremont because she was a firecracker right out of the gate. Barb went to country school as a youngster and later attended Groton High School where she graduated in 1964. Barb, having a natural knack for taking care of others and a sharp mind, pursued a degree as a Laboratory Technician from the Medical Institute of Minnesota. She returned to good ol’ South Dakota and was an invaluable asset to the Britton Hospital as a Lab/X-ray Technician for 50 years. On September 5, 1969, Barb married Richard “Dick” Morris and together they were blessed with two sons, Richard, Jr., “Moose”, and Jeff.
Barb was a member of the United Methodist Church in Britton. In her earlier years, she enjoyed bowling, golfing, and crocheting, though Barb would tell you she wasn’t exact and didn’t mind if she skipped stitches, or even rows. She and Dick appreciated a good laugh. The two of them loved to play cards and started the tradition the family still carries on of the adults dressing up for Halloween. She also had a thing for good company and good food. Barb took great pleasure in treating her friends and family to the Hankinson Casino for their crab leg buffet. She would typically sneak in some slots and cheap cigarettes while she was there, as well. To her last day, she felt compelled to bring treats and goodies to family gatherings, especially if she knew someone had a favorite something. Always thinking of others, Barb was sincere, thoughtful, generous, and loving.
Barb holds a special place in many hearts and will be greatly missed. Celebrating her life are her son, Jeff (Jody) Morris of Britton; daughter-in-law, Becky (Kevin) Kotzer of Groton; sister, Diana Ehrenberg of Rapid City; grandchildren: Megan Morris, Tyson Morris, Alex Morris, Nicholas Morris, Christopher Paulson, Adeline Kotzer and Cora Kotzer; sister-in-law, Marilyn Morris.
Preceding her in death were her mother and father; her mother-in-law and father-in-law; her husband, Dick; her son, “Moose”; her brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Diane Johnson; her brother-in-law, Bill Ehrenberg; her niece, Kit (Ehrenberg) Goheen; her brother-in-law, Todd Morris; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Duane and Marilyn Kindschi.
Honorary Urn Bearers will be all of Barb’s Grandchildren.
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