Charlotte Marie Morris, age 83, of Madison and formerly of Gotham and the town of Clyde, died on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Charlotte was born April 18, 1930 at her family home in Byrds Creek, Richland County, the daughter of Gerald and Olive (Bailey) Neefe. Charlotte was united in marriage with the love of her life and soul mate, Harold E. Morris on November 7, 1947 in the Grandview Avenue Methodist Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Most of their first ten years of marriage they lived in a little house they built in Gotham and were blessed with three children. In March 1958, they bought a farm in the Town of Clyde, where they worked side by side on the farm and raising their family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed traveling and camping with family and friends. She loved the outdoors and nature and enjoyed fishing and hunting with her husband and family. They hunted in Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Florida and Canada in addition to Wisconsin. In 2003, they bought a cottage in Tomahawk, Wisconsin where they spent many enjoyable weeks.
Charlotte was an active member in the Richland Center VFW 2267 Auxiliary and the DAV Chapter 32 Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Sugar River United Methodist Church in Verona. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends and all who knew her.
Charlotte is survived by her three children: Carol (John) Kendall of Madison, Sandra (Richard) Francois of Tomahawk, Lyle (Laurie) Morris of Fitchburg, six grandchildren: Dawn (Jon) Strandberg, Alma Center, Dayna (Jason) Johnson, Hudson, Benjamin Morris, Fitchburg, Kelli Morris, McFarland, Cheri (Robert) Langmayer, Marshfield, James (Debra) Francois, Tomahawk, 11 great grandchildren: Skyler and Devin Strandberg, Jacob and Sophia Johnson, Annabelle Schaefer, Jordan, Jared and Jace Langmayer, Samantha Malone, Gretchen and Gracie Francois, one step great grandson Zachary Mildenberger, one brother: Leslie (Agatha) Neefe of Bear Valley, two sisters: Dorothy Cox, McFarland, Virginia (Marion) Draves, Baraboo along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her loving husband; her parents; two grandsons: Jason and Bradley; two brothers: Robert and Harold; and three sisters: Mary, Shirley and Beverly.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 120 North Park Street, Richland Center, 53581. Pastor Gary Holmes of Sugar River UMC, Verona, will officiate and burial will be in the Button Cemetery. Friends may call at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL on Friday morning from 9:30 AM until service time at 11:00 AM. A VFW auxiliary service will be held at 10:30 AM.
The family has requested memorials be made in Charlotte's name to the American Cancer Society. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at prattfuneralservice.com