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Delores Edna (Dee) Morehouse

Delores Edna (Dee) Morehouse, age 79, of Watertown, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, after suffering a stroke in late February.

She was born to Carl Oscar Larson and Thora Moi July 14, 1928, the youngest of three daughters. Delores grew up in Minneapolis, and was a member of the National Honor Society at Central High School.

Delores and her sisters were musically talented and often sang together as a trio.

Delores also had a love of dogs, horses, and all things “Western.” She rode her horse as an entry in the Aquatennial parade, and made intricate horse models, complete with miniature tack. Her ability as an equine artist was phenomenal.

Delores fulfilled her dream to marry a cowboy and have a horse ranch when she married Robert (Bob) Morehouse in 1950. They made many trips together out west, traveling on a shoestring, and eventually came back to Minnesota.

Bob and Dee ran a horse boarding facility in Eden Prairie, then moved to Watertown in 1965, to what is now known as the Rafter M Ranch. The family built the ranch into a horse breeding business, which has been nationally known and very successful in many different aspects of the equine world including racing, rodeo, showing, eventing, dressage, and photography. Several horses raised at Rafter M Ranch carried their riders to win gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 1991 International Special Olympics, and several photographs that Delores took were the covers of national magazines.

Bob and Dee were the breeders of the first horse inducted into the Hall of Fame at Canterbury Park (Cash Caravan), and many, many race winners at Canterbury got their start under the care of Bob and Dee and their family.

Dee was the executive secretary for Bob and Morehouse Realty for years, as she and Bob moved from task to task, building a real estate business, horse business, and a large family of eight children.

She had the strength of a warrior, and a fierce love and protectiveness for her family that was incomparable. She worked tirelessly to make every birthday and holiday a special occasion for her family. She was always patient, and full of dignity and grace; a great cook, and wanted to be at every event for every grandchild.

Delores was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Robert (Bob) Morehouse; her parents, Carl and Thora (Moi) Larson; and a grandson, Jordan Buckley Morehouse.

She is survived by her children, Roberta (Bobbi) Morehouse of Watertown; William (Bill) Morehouse of Eldorado Texas, Teresa (Terry) Hintze and John Rotter of Eden Prairie; Jeffry Morehouse of Watertown, Rebecca (Becky) and Matthew Boll of Waconia, Holli and Jeremy Arthur of Watertown, Stacy (Sam) Morehouse and Craig Engelke of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Jody Morehouse and Paul Youngstedt of Mayer; and grandchildren Jesse, Robert Wade, Jaclyn, Jocelyn, Olivia, Cody, Carson, Garrett, Gabrielle, Gianna, Taylor, Alyssa, Madison, Brady, Dylan, and Riley.

Delores is further survived by her sisters, Virginia Wellumson and Lorraine Tussing; sister-in-law Annabel Krawczyk; many nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; cousins Betty Tovsen and Harriet Tobeck; and many other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, April 12 at noon at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Frank Wampach as the celebrant.

Visitation was Friday, April 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.