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Morella Opal Pease

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Morella Opal Pease Obituary
July 19, 1918 to July 21, 2017
Age 99, peacefully passed away on July 21, 2017. Morella was born in Plaza, North Dakota on July 19, 1918. She married the love of her life Bernard Pease on December of 1937. They directly moved to California for his work living in Los Angeles county and in Sacramento. In the early 40's, the couple moved to San Bernardino, Ca. While there she joined Calvary Baptist Church where she was active in womens' groups filling many positions, and in teaching Sunday School. Her career as secretary helped her obtain positions wherever she lived. She and her husband spent time in Japan from 1955 to 1960 and Okinawa from 1966 to 1970 and loved to travel and experience the people in those locations. They moved to Yucaipa in 1972. She belonged to both the San Bernardino and Yucaipa P.E.O. Woman's group. She sang in many church and community choirs.
Many years of their retirement were spent in the Grand Tetons, managing employee village, and they ran a motivational book store in Riverside called the 'Ultimate Optimist'. She was a loving woman who enjoyed telling stories, playing games, and participating in family activities. Some of those activities included swimming, hiking, camping, traveling, playing bridge and painting. Her enthusiasm was contagious and everyone loved her.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Barney Pease, and a great grandson, Austin Raddeman. Morella passed just four days before her son, Gary Pease (June 1948 to July 25, 2017), and was there to receive him in her loving arms.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Kratz of Rialto, Ca., and her daughter-in-law, Marguerite Pease of Antioch, Ca; six grandchildren: Diana Cliffton of Medford, Or; Michele (Dave) Raby of Antelope, Ca; and Stacy (Phil) Ball of Roseville, Ca.; Carrie Jenner of Colorado Springs, Co; Josh (Farrah) Jenner of Cherry Valley,Ca; Aleesa (Terry) Raddeman of Tucson, Az; and 12 great grandchildren: McKenna, Jacob, Justin, and Jared, Mark, Luke, Christopher, Rose, Maddex, Cailyn, Owen,and Maysin. She also leaves behind many friends whose lives she enriched and inspired.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Yucaipa, 35177 Beech Avenue, Yucaipa, Ca. 92399. Gifts and donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of Yucaipa.
Published in Press-Enterprise from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6, 2017
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