Helen Maurice Morgan, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 6, 2019. She was surrounded by her family.
Helen was born January 12, 1931, in Memphis, Texas, to Gladys Irene (Barber) and David (Blue) Fletcher Batten. She attended Capitol Hill High School and graduated in 1949.
She married Ray E. Morgan on May 12, 1951. They were blessed to have 53 years together.
Before getting married, Helen worked at TG&Y. Later she would work at Montgomery Wards and in California she was a counselor for the employment office. For the most part, Helen was a stay-at-home mom. Her family was precious to her.
Helen is survived by 2 daughters, Cheryl Morgan, Raenelle and husband Mark Ferguson; a sister, Imogene Lunow Tedder; 4 grandsons, Phillip and Kayla Ferguson of Florida, Blake and Angela Ferguson of Oklahoma City, Myles Ferguson who is currently active duty with the Army in South Korea, and Evan Ferguson who is currently active duty with the Air Force in Japan; one great-granddaughter, Elaina and another one on the way. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Doris and brother David.
We have been told that Helen and her sister Imogene were born in a deserted chicken coop and that their dad was a share cropper in a place that was called “4 corners”. They called it 4 corners as on each corner lived an uncle.
Helen wasn’t allowed to date until she was 18. She went out with a young man and in the course of the night met “the love of her life-Ray”. TG&Y was having a company picnic and she invited Ray to attend with her. They were together ever since that picnic.
Ray came back on leave when his grandfather died and asked mom to marry him. They were married and off he went to the Korean War. When he got out he worked for 2 weeks and only made $24.00. He decided that they couldn’t live on that and they packed up and went to California. Ray went to work for Lyons Moving Company and later Neptune Worldwide Moving.
Helen was very active in her children’s lives. Brownies, Girl Scouts, dance class chaperones, PTA, home room mothers. She sewed a lot of their clothes. She was active in her church and the Mr. and Mrs. Forum. She was famous for her organization of fund raising garage sales, carnivals, and lasagna dinners for the church. Helen was always extremely social and loved people. After moving back to Oklahoma, she was active in the Capitol Hill High School reunion group and her walking group at Integris Hospital.
Special thanks to all the staff at Autumn Leaves and everyone with Crossroads Hospice.