Billie Dean Morgan, Beloved mother, grandmother, great (great) grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend, passed away on March 22, 2020. Billie was born on August 9, 1927 in Ririe, Idaho to William H and Arlitta (Ara) Adams. Billie grew up in Irwin and along the Snake River up to Sulphur Bar with her brothers and sisters playing, working, and fishing.
After her father died in 1947 the family moved to Idaho Falls, where she graduated from high school in the spring of 1947. She made many wonderful friends there and one of them, Bobbie, married her much loved brother Fred. Soon after Billie went to work at JC Penney’s. She loved buying clothes for her youngest brother and sister as well as things for her mother and herself. She didn’t bring home much money, but she had a wardrobe for every season. While working at JC Penney’s she became good friends with Alleene Montague. After Alleene got married to Earl Morgan, she invited Billie to visit them in Salmon and while she was staying with them, she met Earl’s twin brother, Merl. They had a lot of fun together and Billie ended up staying longer than she planned and ended up getting married on August 10, 1950, after a short courtship. Billie and Merl settled in Salmon before moving to the Treasure Valley in 1955, they lived Star from 1957 until January 1973 then moved to Letha, Idaho. Where she lived until 2010 when she moved into The Cottages.
Billie and Merl were a good team, she worked as hard on the farm as he did and loved it. She loved being a homemaker and mother and she loved her grandchildren. Her main goal in life was to make them each feel like they were special and loved. She was the greatest example of love in action any of us have known.
She loved everyone and made everyone feel like they were important. She fought for the underdog, loved the unlovable, she loved her family fiercely. She had a beautiful smile, chuckle and a twinkle in her eye that remained with her to almost the very end!!!!
She was a great example to all who knew her, a peacemaker. Most people didn’t know her favorite thing to do was ride horses, even if it was just to get on and sit awhile and get off. Billie loved playing the piano and singing. One thing she bought when she worked for Penney’s was a piano. That piano moved with her to every house she lived in until she went into The Cottages. She loved to garden and loved her flowers, and despite kids trampling them and animals who often tried to make a bed on them or eat them, they never defeated her, she kept planting them. Each year she planted a huge vegetable garden, even at “The Cottages”, she could be found attending the flowers in their front courtyard.
This attribute was much like the way she lived her life. Though Billie struggled with many things throughout her life she was never defeated. Mom was always smiling and laughing and had a twinkle in her eye.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents Ara and Will, 2 brothers William and Fred Adams, 5 Sisters Elmina Grant, Lucetta Jacobson, Shirley Longacre, Renee Pietila and Rita Pinney, and her husband, F. Merl Morgan. She is survived by her children Bonnie (David) Walker, Thomas (Carol) Morgan, Daryl (Carla) Morgan, Susie (Kevin) McKerchie, and Scott (Debi) Morgan. Sisters Helen Meyer of Iona, ID and NIta Beasley Idaho Falls, ID; Brother Conroy (Arlene) Adams of Idaho Falls, ID, too many grandkids, great grandkids, great great grandkids, nieces, nephews, and friends who loved her to mention. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Billie’s memorial service (Celebration of Life) will be held at a later date.
A viewing will be held on March 25, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett, with a graveside service at Middleton Cemetery on March 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Sadie and Heather as well as the nurses and CNAs at ‘The Cottages of Meridian’ for the loving care you provided our mom. She loved you and loved her home with you. We never could have done it without you. We also appreciate the loving care of the Signature Hospice team and the visits you made to keep her comfortable and make sure her needs were met. Thank you again with all our love!!!!!
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