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Kathleen Morris services February 21

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Kathleen “Kate” (Parry) Morris, of Chesterton, Ind., passed away peacefully on February 3, 2014, from lung cancer.

She was born in Valparaiso, Ind., on December 21, 1937 to David and Setta Parry.

Kate graduated from Chesterton High School in 1956. She was married to Roger Morris for more than 56 years.

Kate is survived by her husband, Roger; children, Roger Alan (Jianing) Morris of Bloomington, Ind., and Ruth A. (Ralph) Johnston of Valparaiso, Ind.; grandchildren Lia Morris, Lena Morris, Roger Morris, Jr., Evan Johnston, Andy Morris, and Zachary Johnston; sister, Jeanine Harris of Porter, Ind., sister-in-law, Patricia Parry of Michigan City, Ind., and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her firstborn son, Roger Charles, Jr. in 1958; her father, David, in 1974; her mother, Setta, in 1996; and her brother, David, in 2011.

One of her fondest childhood memories was living at the Indiana Dunes State Park in the 1950s when her father was the site supervisor. She loved to explore the dunes and the newly created trails, and enjoyed watching artist Frank Dudley paint magnificent scenes. She continued to celebrate her love of the dunes throughout her life.

Always nurturing and serving others, she was a Deacon at St. John’s United Church in Chesterton. She worked at Lowenstine’s and Ray’s Tots to Teens, spent many years as a stay at home mom, worked as a secretary for her father’s real estate business, served as a Girl Scout leader, was a cashier at Hooks’ Drugs in Chesterton, was a nursing home activity director, and has been the caregiver for numerous family members throughout her life. She spent a considerable amount of time at the Duneland Resale Shop in its early days, sorting and pricing merchandise.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 21, at 6:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 4 p.m. at St. John’s United Church in Chesterton.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the VNA Hospice of Porter County at

Share memories online at in the memorial guestbook.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton.



Posted 2/6/2014