Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan


March 8, 1945 - May 3, 2024


Barbara Morgan, 79, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, May 3, 2024, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 8, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service.

Barbara Ann Morgan was born on March 8, 1945, to Francis and Margaret (Friedrich) Gaetze in Mitchell, SD. She graduated from Canova High School in 1963.

Barb was united in marriage to Ronald Morgan on October 3, 1964 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell.

Barb was always looking for ways to supplement the family income. She was a dealer for Stanley and House of Lloyd; she also worked for Neilson Ratings. She canned the produce from the backyard garden. She enjoyed many crafts, among these using colored corn to fill in the outline of a rooster on plywood. She drove the family mail route 6 days a week. She also eased into retirement working in the Fabrics and Crafts department at Wal-Mart.

Barb sewed since she was a young girl, making clothes for her children and grandchildren, as well as participating in a program to sew appropriately sized clothing for premature babies. She made baby blankets for some of her grandchildren, as well as a First Communion dress for granddaughter, Emilie. She sewed all the dresses for her daughter Maggie’s wedding.

She was always cooking and baking; some of her specialties were Fantastic Potatoes and “Burn the House Down Baked Beans” (ask one of her kids if you want to know the details!). She also won the SD Cattlewoman’s club beef cook off one year with her Enchiladas Americano.

In her spare time, she worked on crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word searches, cryptogram, and solitaire. Barb was also an enthusiastic card player at any type of cards.

Barb fed and clothed anyone; she regularly donated to the Mitchell Food Pantry.

Barb was always looking out for everyone else. She was generous, helpful, loving, caring, strong, and hardworking. She always had a smile on her face.

Barb is survived by her husband, Ron; eight children, Michelle (Dan) Mika, Monica (Neal) Rothenberger, Michael Morgan, Mary (Bill) Fuchuck, Marcia (Tracy) Sprinkel, Mark (Renatka) Morgan, Margaret (Adam) Berkey, and Matthew Morgan; 27 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Jean Jessen and Eileen Honner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth Gaetze; parents-in-law, Loretta and Charles Morgan; brothers-in-law, Marvin Jessen, Stephen Fitzgerald, Ronald Honner, Thomas Morgan, and Francis Goldammer; and sisters-in-law, Mary Carol Smith, Josephine Gaetze, and Sylvia Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred to Alzheimer's Association.


Tuesday, May 7, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Wednesday, May 8, 2024
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Mike Voorhees on June 5, 2024
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Mary Stadlman on May 10, 2024
I met Barb long ago when one of our kids were in something together, she was indeed a very remarkable woman. I visited with her awhile back, she shared that beautiful smile with me. Prayers for Barb Famil as you face thedifficult days ahead
Posted by Deb Olson on May 9, 2024
I remember being invited to Barb's home when I was Maggie's fourth grade teacher. She was so hospitable and it was always a job to visit with her in the community whenever I saw her. She was one of a kind.
Posted by Charlene Gerlach on May 8, 2024
So sorry for your loss! Always so hard When our loved ones leave Us Our Sympathy to all
Posted by Donna Murtha on May 8, 2024
Sorry for your loose Bwas a very happy go lucky lady
Posted by Luke Nagel on May 7, 2024
My thoughts are with Ron and family I worked with Barb at Walmart for a little bit and it was a privilege to work with her a great person and she was awesome as well thoughts with the family
Posted by Barb Ewing on May 7, 2024
I am sorry for your loss.
Posted by Kristy McManus on May 7, 2024
I've known Barb since Maggie and I were in Jr. High and am so saddened and sorry about this. Such a hard working, sincere and devoted to family woman! I will miss running into her and chatting like no years had passed! My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy's to the entire Morgan family.
Posted by Kay Schoenfelder on May 7, 2024
Sending Prayers to family

to family
Posted by Diane Slaba on May 6, 2024
So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Sending prayers and condolences to all of you.
Posted by Lyla Jerke on May 6, 2024
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by June Wenande on May 6, 2024
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Barb was an amazing lady and a wonderful mother. We always had so much fun talking about you kids. She loved you all so! Hugs!
Posted by Julie Goin Vanderheiden on May 6, 2024
One of the best loving Mom's ever!! I always loved being at your house, especially staying over with Monica. That meant we were up to no good. I love you always and am happy you are with the Good Lord now. Say hello to my parents.
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