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Shirley JoAnn Morrow

September 23, 1931 - September 30, 2019
From: Castle Rock, CO
Shirley JoAnn Morrow

Shirley JoAnn Morrow

Born: September 23, 1931
Died: September 30, 2019
Age: 88

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     Shirley JoAnn Morrow, the daughter of Harlan M. and Verna E. (Nelson) Syndergaard, was born on September 23, 1931 in Cedar Falls, IA. She lived on a farm southeast of Royal, IA and attended country school through the 8th grade. She spent her first year of high school in Rossie, IA, and graduated from Royal High School in 1949.

     On October 11, 1949, Shirley married Virgil James Morrow at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Royal, IA. They moved to Everly in November 1949, where they owned and operated the Morrow Hardware Store in partnership with his brother, Leo and his wife, Lola for several years. Shirley worked part-time at the Post Office for 30 years and lived in Everly until November of 2011, when she moved to Lakewood, CO to be near family. While living in Everly, she belonged to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Rosary Society. She was an original member of the Everly Kitchen Band and had many fun years performing with them and they later became a Red Hat group. She enjoyed being a homemaker, spending time with family and friends, shopping, playing bridge, traveling, flower arranging and decorating.

     Shirley passed away on September 30, 2019, at the Assured Assisted Living in Castle Rock, CO, at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil in 2003 and her stepmother, Verneil Syndergaard.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Cindy Kaus and her husband, Paul of Lake St. Louis, MO and Becky Adams of Castle Rock, CO; her grandchildren: Jason Kaus and wife, Carrie of Wentzville, MO, Jennifer Owens and husband, Robb of Colorado Springs, CO, Season Cowdrey and husband, Brian of Castle Rock, CO and Grant Mugge and wife, Cayla of Castle Rock, CO; great grandchildren: Jager and Ryker Owens, Tristan and Danica Kaus, Ashton, Ayla, Micah and Abby Cowdrey and Rinnah and Everly Mugge; brother-in-law, Fred Schmidt of Spencer, IA; half-sister, Claudia Stricker and husband, Dan of Royal, IA; stepbrother, Robert Austin and wife, Carol; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, October 11, 2019, at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly.

Following the graveside service, there will be a gathering at the Warner Funeral Home in Everly.
Fr. Ken Seifried
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly. Iowa


Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:21 AM
“I was just thinking of Shirley the other day. She and Virg sat right ahead of our family every Sunday at St. Mary's ~ usually in carefully color-coordinated outfits! Shirley was such a kind, caring, lovely woman. I was blessed to know her. Wishing you comfort and peace at this time . . .”
- Molly Mulqueen
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 10:35 AM
“Dear Becky , Was just looking up Shirley’s new address in Castle Rock to send her a letter and came across her obituary. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for You and all the family. Shirley was a most kind, caring, and incredible inspiration to me in so many ways. I will always remember her and her beautiful soul...she was a gift to me! Sincerely, Kate”
- Kate Vess
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 10:35 AM
“May God comfort, strengthen and give you peace. With sincere sympathy to your family”
- Nancy Taylor
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“I knew Shirley and her husband when I lived in Every. I cleaned their home after I cleaned at St. Marys. She was a blessing in my life . Sympathy to all of her family.Alice Mulder”
- Alice Mulder
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Very nice people-Shirley & Virg- hugs & prayers for Cindy & Becky & families. 💜🙏”
- Jean Cadwallader Brewer
Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 9:32 PM
“Both Shirley and Virgil were the kindest of people. They were such a sweet couple and dear to all they met. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9:22 AM
“So sorry to hear about your Mom. Always enjoyed visiting with your Mom & Dad when I would see them. Thinking of you!!”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about Shirley. She was my clerk at Everly Post Office when I became postmaster there. My sympathies to the family.”
- Betty Adams Crabb
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:46 AM
“Cindy and Paul, So sorry for the loss of your mother, Cindy....I always enjoyed her whenever I helped her with her glasses or met her in a store and we'd share a visit. Like your dad, your mom was very dear to everyone in the Everly community. Love and prayers for you and your family. Gosh too much loss with our dear Mary passing, too. Love Vicki and Gary Seversen”
- Gary and Vicki Seversen
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Our sincerest sympathy to the family of Shirley...May Jesus wrap His loving arms around you giving Strength, Comfort and Peace that only He can give...hold and cherish all her wonderful memories in your hearts...Judy, Jim and JAN Anderson”
- Judy Henrichsen
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