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Edna Darley Stewart Morrell

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Edna Darley Stewart Morrell Obituary
Edna Darley Stewart Morrell, 97, died on Sept. 19 in Portland, Oregon.
The daughter of James Haslem Stewart and Elizabeth Darley Stewart, she was born in Logan, Utah, on Nov. 18, 1918.
A member of Logan High School's graduating class of 1937, she attended Utah State University and graduated in 1941 with a degree in Bacteriology from the College of Arts and Sciences. As a student at USU, she was active in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, serving as the president of the Associated Women Students in her senior year.
After graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper for Amalgamated Sugar Company in Smithfield, Utah. When her father died in Dec. 1942, she became the principal means of support for her mother and younger sister, Blanche Stewart, then a student at Utah State, while her older brother, James Kenneth Stewart, served in the Navy.
On Jan. 21, 1946, she married childhood friend and Army Air Corps pilot Wendell "Sandy" Morrell, son of Joseph P. and Ada England Morrell of Logan. That year, Sandy moved to Blackfoot, where he went into business with his brother Adrian "Ade" Morrell.
Edna followed in 1947 and began working as the bookkeeper for the Eastern Idaho J. R. Simplot Company, a fresh potato-packing business. During the early years of her time in Blackfoot, she was active in the Delta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, serving as president in 1950, and was a member of the Town and Country Bridge Club.
During the 1960s and 1970s she was a minority owner of A & L Farms and Trucking and with her friend Gloria Dillard operated a gift shop in the Riverside Inn, which specialized in the works of local artists. Her career at Simplot ultimately spanned more than four decades, during which time she became one of the first saleswomen in the industry and eventually the manager of the fresh potato packing plant in Aberdeen, Idaho.
Throughout her professional life she set an example for working women and helped ensure their fair and equal treatment in the workplace. For instance, in 1991 she joined 609 other salaried employees in a class action suit, the first of its kind in Idaho, against Simplot for gender-based wage discrimination. In 1998, she and Sandy began splitting their time between their home in Blackfoot and a residence in Memphis, Tennessee, where they could spend more time with their grandchildren.
After the youngest grandchild left Memphis for college, Edna relocated to Portland to be near her great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, James Wendell ("Jim") Morrell, his wife Dawn Nickell Morrell and their two children, Jameson (Christy) of Seattle, and Jereme (Javier) of Portland; and Kenneth Scott ("Kenny") Morrell, his wife, Anne Davey, and their three children, Samuel (Jennie) of San Francisco, Sarah ("Sally") (Hessel) of Albuquerque, and Lucy of Memphis; and six great-grandchildren: Thomas, Ryan, and Andrew Morrell of Seattle, and Ava Gene Sorenson, Angus Sorenson, and Matilde Vargas of Portland.
Jim and Kenny will host a reception and open house to commemorate Edna's life for friends and family on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 5-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue, Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on Nov. 17, 2016
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