Dorothy J. Morris, 90

Dorothy June Grosskreutz Morris, age 90, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Cokato Manor.

Dorothy’s funeral service will take place Thursday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.

There will be visitation Wednesday, June 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Stockholm Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, www.swansonpeterson.com.

Dorothy was born June 10, 1926, in Sharon, ND, to Ernest and Dorothy (Niemann) Grosskreutz.

She graduated from St. Paul Park High School in 1944, and then worked at South St. Paul Stockyard Exchange building.

Dorothy married Howard Ellsworth Morris Nov. 10, 1945, at the Woodbury Lutheran Church. They began their married life in Cokato, moving to Stockholm, where they spent their entire married life.

Howard and Dorothy had two children, Ernie and Hilaire.

Dorothy was very active in many different organizations, including the Wright County Fair Board and the state fair. Through the years, Howard and Dorothy attended all 97 county fairs in Minnesota.

Dorothy was a leader for the Lightening Workers 4-H Club. She was also very involved with the Stockholm Lutheran Church, and typed the Stockholm Story newsletter for many years.

Howard and Dorothy provided their camper to be used as a dressing room for the queens during each Cokato Corn Carnival.

Dorothy worked with Howard for several years in the American Family Insurance office, as well as at the Department of Motor Vehicles Registrars Office.

Some of her fondest memories included skating on the Mississippi River with Howard, and walking through the Grey Cloud Island Woods.

Dorothy enjoyed her neighbors, their winter home in Arizona, eating out, and traveling the United States. She also liked to “be in charge.” Her favorite flower was the rose, “Gone with the Wind” and “The Sound of Music” were her favorite movies, and mashed potatoes with gravy was her favorite food.

Her hobbies included embroidering, crocheting, learning new crafts, making quilt rugs, putting puzzles together, visiting, and traveling. Dorothy and Howard traveled in every state except Alaska.

She also loved camping, county and state fairs, and parades; and did a beautiful job decorating fancy cakes.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Ernest and his wife, Marge; her daughter, Hilaire and her husband, Michael Diers; her grandchildren: Debbie McDonald, Jeff Morris, Garner (Jill) Diers and Christine Diers; and great-grandchildren: Zachary Morris, Zachary Diers, Kelly Cunningham, Jade Cunningham, Tucker Sha, and Trevor Diers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Howard, who passed away March 12, 2006.

When asked what she felt her greatest accomplishments were, Dorothy stated: Being happy, raising her family in a small community, and having lots of friends all over the United States.

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