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Elnora M. Morris, 81

Elnora (Nora) May Morris (Schmidt), age 81, of Cokato, formerly of St. Louis Park, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

She was born to Nels and Esther Peterson in Cottonwood County, Feb. 6, 1931.

Nora attended high school in Rochester, and married her high school sweetheart, William Schmidt, on her 18th birthday.

She was baptized and confirmed in 1950, in Minneapolis.

Nora and Bill had three daughters, Rose, Gail, and Mary; and also welcomed foster children into their family for 12 years. They provided a meaningful family life in a home filled with love and founded on solid Christian values that were lived out on a daily basis. The family resided in St. Louis Park for over 30 years.

As retirement neared, they chose to relocate to Cokato and establish a new home there. They built a new house, and many new friendships, as well. Their activities revolved around their church, their community, their family, and friends. They were married for 49 years, until Bill’s passing in 1998.

In 2005, Nora married Carl Morris of Cokato. She continued her involvement in her church quilting group, as well as coordinating donations for Sharing and Caring Hands. A dedicated volunteer for Wright County Hospice, Nora also delivered Meals on Wheels in the Cokato area. She saw to it that those in need received a personal visit with a warm smile, a kind word, and often, fresh flowers.

Nora loved gardening, jigsaw puzzles, visiting her sisters, and being with friends, and she was passionate about chocolate. Having family together was the ultimate best. She would say when they gathered that her house was smiling. Nora also looked forward to the annual fall weekend with her daughters that had been a tradition for years.

Nora’s character was one of high integrity. Her gifts were to nurture, care, and serve. She had the ability to listen intently with her heart and respond to those around her with deep sensitivity. She was a humble woman of great faith, kindness, and compassion, but considered herself quite ordinary. Her legacy is one of love and faith and will be carried on by the many who were so deeply impacted by her.

Nora is survived by her husband, Carl; sisters June (Roger) Hovland, and Della Johnson; brother Nels (Lucille) Peterson Jr.; children, Rose Schmidt (Bob Swanson), Gail (Michael) Mooers, and Mary (William) King; grandchildren Micaela Mooers, Daniel Mooers, Alyssa (Jonathan) Gamlin, and Anna King; great-grandchildren Nathaniel and Evelyn Gamlin; favorite dog, Emma; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Nora’s life took place Thursday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church with 6 p.m. prayer; and continued Thursday one hour prior to the service.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.