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Frances Louise Morphis
Palmer resident Frances Louise Bixby Morphis, 86, died May 24, 2007, at home while surrounded by family.
A memorial potluck for friends and family is planned for August. Details will be announced later. "Granny" stories for a memory book and/or pictures may be mailed to her daughter, Jerry Soper.
Mrs. Morphis was born Sept. 23, 1920, in Lincoln, Neb.
She had lived in Alaska since 1963. She came up to visit in 1961 and never wanted to leave. She lived in Anchorage from 1963 to 1968, in Sitka from 1968 to 1970, in Anchorage from 1970 to 2000, in Kodiak from 2000 to 2004, and in Palmer since 2004.
Mrs. Morphis retired from the Department of Defense, Alaska Communications System, Elmendorf Air Force Base as a budget analyst. She was a former Sitka police officer and had worked for Lockeed Aircraft and Vega Aircraft in California, where she met her beloved husband, S.R. "Rocky" Morphis.
"After his death in 1963, she never looked at another man," her family wrote. "She said 'you can't improve on perfection.' "
Survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Jerry Laura and Thomas Soper of Palmer; grandchildren and their spouses, Patrick and Christina of Nome, Steven and Netaree of
Seattle, Michael and fiancee Jennifer of Anchorage, and Michelle Soper of Anchorage; great- grandchildren, Glenn, Christopher, Jacob, and Brittany of Kodiak, Hayden and Dana of Nome, and Erik and Gregory of Anchorage; sister and brother-in-law, Maryjane and Lee Coleman of Coos Bay, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Morphis was preceded in death by her parents, G.F. and Laura Bixby; and nephew, Michael Coleman.
Memorial contributions should be made to Alaska Heart Association, Mat-Su Regional Hospice or Holy Rosary Academy scholarship fund.
Her family also wrote: "She had many hobbies and especially enjoyed the Seattle Mariners, 'Frasier,' and 'Law and Order.' She never missed a televised Mariners game. She was proud to be an independent female Alaskan and extremely patriotic. She loved her family and gave them all exceptional care. She had a wonderful sense of humor and often surprised those who didn't know her with her witty comments and observations. She loved to laugh. Her lifelong philosophy was 'you might as well laugh about it.' Laughter made her life, and ours, a joy. We will miss getting Granny's perspective and counsel. She will be missed by her many friends and relatives. The hole left by her death is impossible to fill."
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