Doris Mae Humphrey Morgan, 87, passed peacefully, early morning Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, Belgrade, Mont.
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Per her wishes, no funeral services will be held. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. A small graveside service will be held in Fairfield, Mont. at a later date.
Doris was born May 20, 1927, in Blackfoot, Idaho, joining older sister, Evonne. She was second of just the two daughters born to Lester S. Humphrey and Emma W. (Eck) Humphrey.
Doris attended grade schools in Manchester, Nashua, and Glasgow, Mont. She was a great student and, having been advanced a grade, graduated Glasgow High School in 1944 at age 17. After helping out at home for a year, she attended Montana State College (now MSU) from 1945 to 1949, earning a degree in zoology with minors in English and physical education. After three years of being a favorite teacher of her students in Fairfield, Mont., on Aug. 22, 1952, Doris married Fairfield native Robert F. Morgan M.D. Doris and Bob moved to Denver where Bob was enrolled in medical school. To help pay household expenses, Doris worked in the medical school's microbiology lab and also taught in Englewood, Colo. In 1957 the couple moved back to Montana where Bob started up a private practice in Great Falls. For 11 years Doris enjoyed being a homemaker, volunteer, and mother. During this time the couple's two daughters, Peggy and Terri, were born. In 1968 the family moved to Spokane, Wash., so Bob could do a three-year residency in radiology at Sacred Heart Hospital. During those years Doris again supported the family by teaching junior high at the Sacred Heart Academy, where, once again, she became one of the students' favorite instructors.
In 1971 the family settled in Conrad, Mont. where, a few years later, they moved to a horse ranch just north of town. Doris thoroughly enjoyed the horses, trail rides, and participating in Appaloosa and Quarter Horse shows. She was also fond of wildlife, birding, and her pet dogs and cats. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, and hunting excursions with her family and friends. Her memberships included Ducks Unlimited, the Audubon Society, and she was a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. From 1958 to 1982 Doris cherished her time at the second family home on Whitefish Lake visiting friends, swimming, water skiing, and snow skiing at "Big Mountain."
In 1980 Doris passed the boards to become an environmental health specialist and started working as a sanitarian for Pondera and Teton Counties. When a new horse property was purchased on Jackson Creek Road outside of Bozeman, she became a sanitarian for Park County, also working in Broadwater and Gallatin Counties. People she worked with describe her as being tough, but always entirely fair. When Dr. Morgan's health failed in 2000, they sold the ranch and moved down into the valley into the Wylie Creek Subdivision between Bozeman and Belgrade. After many a trip across the mountains to Livingston, Doris retired in 2010 at the age of 83!
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Ann "Peggy" (Kevin) Lucas and Terri L. Ricks, both of Belgrade, Mont.; five grandchildren, including, Trey (Kali) Lucas of Bozeman, Kyle-Ann (Michael) Johnson of Helena, Tate Lucas of Belgrade, Jesse (Jason) Ricks Sant of Las Vegas and Jacque D. Ricks of Belgrade; two great-grandsons, Kieran Morgan Ricks of Belgrade and Payton Johnson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Robert F. Morgan M.D.; parents, Les and Emma Humphrey; sister and brother-in-law, Evonne and Roy Chapman; sister-in-law, Marguerite Morgan Carlstrom; and son-in-law, Kelly J. Ricks.
Per her request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Doris's name to the Ernie Thorn Memorial Swimming Pool, 519 1st Ave North, Fairfield, MT 59436; Belgrade Schools Foundation, PO Box 166, Belgrade, MT 59714; or the animal shelter of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 8, 2014