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Donna Morrison

Donna Joyce Morrison, 79, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Ringgold County Hospital. She was born March 24, 1934, in Tingley, Iowa, to George and Iola Ferguson. She attended school in Tingley, graduating in 1952, and played in the state girls' basketball tournament her senior year.
After high school, she was a secretary in Newton, Iowa, and in Mt. Ayr until her marriage. On February 14, 1954 she married Roger Morrison at her family home in Tingley and became a full-time homemaker. To this union three children were born John, Becky and Lori. She was devoted to her family and was a faithful wife and mother. She was a stay-at-home mom and excelled at that job. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with undying love and affection, always telling them, "You're special and don't forget it."
She attended the Tingley Presbyterian Church for many years, and served as pianist and organist from age 16 to 76. She also taught Sunday School. Over the years she gave piano lessons to children in the area, including her grandsons. She was active in the Tingley United Presbyterian Women and Tingley Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed writing cards and letters, spending time with her family, attending the grandson's school events, playing for church, baking cookies for family and friends, and attending Roger's Army reunions. She enjoyed winters spent at LaFeria, Texas, and the many new friends they made there.
She is survived by son John of the home, daughter Becky and husband Tiger Gordon of Fayette, Missouri, daughter Lori and husband Rich Mercer of Kellerton; grandchildren Tony Mercer and wife Ashley of Tingley, Alex Mercer and wife Tanicia of Des Moines, Andy Mercer of Ames, and Matt Mercer of Ankeny; and great-grandchildren Angela and Tysen Mercer of Des Moines, and Logan and Jackson Mercer of Tingley. She is also survived by her siblings Darl and wife Ann Ferguson and Gayle and husband Richard Lechtenberger of Creston Iowa; Hugh and wife Tonya Ferguson of Warsaw, Illinois; and Gary and wife Connie Ferguson, of Baxter, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Tingley City Park, or the charity of the donor's choice.

  • Open Viewing

    June 10, 2013
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    June 10, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    June 11, 2013
    11:00 AM

    United Baptist Presbyterian Church

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    June 11, 2013
    1:30 PM

    Tingley Cemetery

    Tingley, IA


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Guestbook

We met Donna and Roger when we moved to Sun Valley Lake. What fantastic people! We have wonderful memories of both of them! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. They are both together in heaven. Susie and David

Posted by Susie and David Moffitt - West Des Moines, IA - friends   June 13, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Lori and family,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. May God grant you peace and comfort at this time. Donna was a great lady and I am sure she will be greatly missed.

Posted by Lori (Bishop) Tull-class of 1982 Mt Ayr - Creston, IA - classmate of Lori Mercer   June 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Many fond memories of Donna, she will be missed. Now Roger will have his best friend with him again and what a time they will have. Thinking of all of you.

Posted by Alan and Lois Ibbotson - Tingley, IA - Friend   June 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Donna always wrote the most wonderful letters to keep Max informed of what was going on back home. We appreciated all the times she included clippings or other info! Sharon just got another one about a month ago.

My sympathies to all the family.

Posted by Sharmin Pool - Tucson, AZ - Friend   June 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I''ll always remember "Grandma Donna" as a great lady - she was a cheerleader not only for her family, but for members of the community. Never a harsh word or a sharp tongue, instead she inserted humor to say what needed said. Donna will forever be a role model in the lives of those who knew her.

Posted by Landi McFarland - Ellston, IA - Friend   June 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Just heard about Donna passing. I was very sad to hear this then I thought she''s with our Lord and much better off. She was a wonderful person who thought of everyone with cards. She always smiled and asked how are you. I know the family will miss her so much. Our sympathy is with you.

Posted by Shirley Hightshoe - Mt Ayr, IA - friend   June 10, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thought and prayers are with you. DONNA WAS A WAS A WONDERFUL FRIEND TO ALL OF US WHO KNEW AND loved her. She was a very gifted musician.
. I still see she sitting at the piano at churchsmiling as she played.

Posted by Doris Kinton - Ellston, IA - friend   June 10, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have many very fond memories of Roger and Donna. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during your time of loss.

Posted by Gwen Trullinger - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   June 09, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss and the pain I know you are experiencing. Thoughts and prayers to you and all your family. The family of Connie Huff

Posted by Chris Huff - Dexter, IA - cousin   June 09, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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