Marie M. Morrow, 92, longtime resident of Grove, went peacefully to be with her Savior on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.
Marie was born on Feb. 7, 1926, to Barthel and Angela (Mertes) Schoenecker in Nashua, Minnesota, one of 11 siblings.
As a child, her family moved to Derby, Kansas where she grew up and graduated as valedictorian of her class.
After high school, the army was recruiting nurses and offered paid tuition and uniforms in exchange for serving in the military. Marie, coming from a large family with humble beginnings saw this as an excellent opportunity and signed on. However, WWII was over by the time she had completed her nursing training.
On Sept. 6, 1948, Marie married the love of her life, Roy Morrow, in Wichita, Kansas where the couple made their home. While fully trained as a nurse, when her boys came along she chose to stay home and care for them instead of working. She was a devoted mother and wife, always caring for other people.
When Roy retired from Southwestern Bell, the couple moved full time to their vacation home on Grand Lake. But never one to sit idle, Marie soon went to work as a registered nurse at the Afton Hospital and later at the Grove Hospital.
Marie was a faithful member of Bible Baptist Church and devoted 30 years of her life as the Sunday morning nursery keeper. Roy and Marie were gracious hosts to many missionary families over the years and her love for missions will be a part of her amazing legacy.
Marie could do anything. She was an exceptional cook, seamstress, piano player, gardener, she kept an immaculate house was unbelievably organized, but those things are not what she will be remembered for.
She will be remembered for her genuine love of people and her ability to make everyone feel loved and accepted, for her faithfulness and love of the Lord and being a walking talking example of that every single day and for instilling that in her children and grandchildren.
Marie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy Morrow; siblings: Helen Doffing, Bart Schoenecker, Elmer Schoenecker, Eddie Schoenecker, Marcella Wilson, Vera Johnson and grandson, Nicholas Morrow.
Left to carry on her legacy: sons Guy Morrow and wife, Brenda, of Grove, Jerry Morrow and wife, Janet, of Bedford, Texas, and Larry Morrow, and wife, Brandie of Oceanside, California; grandchildren: Karin Stephens, John Morrow, Jessica Brezinski, Thomas Brezinski, Ryan Morrow, Casey Morrow, Colton Morrow and Hunter Morrow; siblings, Margie Fields of Houston, Texas, Vince Schoenecker of Houston, Texas, Nonie Vierthaler of Haven, Kansas, Irene Rausch of Tacoma, Washington and special caregiver Tammy Shelton and daughter, Athena.
A visitation for family and friends will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at Nichols-Stephens Funeral Chapel.
Services will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3, at Bible Baptist Church of Grove with Pastor Bill Hayward officiating. Interment will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery.
The family requests that donations in Marie’s memory be made to BBC Missions Program c/o BBC, PO Box 450935, Grove, OK 74345.
Arrangements entrusted to Nichols Stephens Funeral & Cremation Services, Grove. Online condolences may be made at www.nicholsfuneralandcremation.com.