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Mary Helen Morrisett
Obituary for
Mary Helen Morrisett
Submitted by: Bob Chada

© The Guthrie News Leader
Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Mary Helen Morrisett passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the age of 87 1/2.
She was born Mary Helen Boutwell on March 14, 1916, in Petolia, Texas. She was the ninth child of Napoleon Bonaparte Robert Franklin (Polie B.) and Lillie Gertrude Boutwell.
The family moved to Burkburnet, Texas, in 1918 during the oil boom featured in the Spencer Tracy move, "Boomtown." The family purchased a two-room house. The family and house moved to New Town (now Karnay). Then in 1924, the family moved the house again to Electra, Texas. The house was enlarged, and Mary Helen's mother lived in the house until her death in 1973.
May Helen graduated from Electra High School in 1934. She was a cheerleader and captain of the volley ball team.
In 1935 she came to Duncan to attend Duncan Business College. Her mother, Lillie, had lived in Duncan at the age of 12 in 1892 during the founding of Duncan. Lillie's father was a carpenter who moved around to help build new towns.
Following graduation from business college, Mary Helen went to work at the Montgomery Ward store on Main Street before the store opened. She was a bookkeeper and secretary to the store manager.
She married O. L. Morrisett on Nov. 10, 1939, in Duncan. He passed away on Aug. 10, 2002, also at the age of 87 1/2. They were married for 62 1/2 years. In 1999 they had moved from their home on Fowler Drive to the Chisholm Trail Assisted Living Center.
They had three sons, Steven Lee was born in 1941. David Gary was born in 1943 and passed away at the age of 2 1/2 in a drowning accident. Philip Alan was born in 1949 and passed away with leukemia at the age of 38.
Her primary career after marriage was a homemaker. She worked for several years at Murray-Litsch Drugs as a sales clerk and a bookkeeper. She also worked for several years at the Gunn Brothers Depemtion Center.
She was a member of the Church of Christ that meets at 14th and Main since 1935. She was a member of the So-Sum Club and Oklahoma Christian University Women's Association.
She is survived by her son, Steve Morrisett of Albuquerque, N. M.; a sister, Nita Stapp of Amarillo, Texas; two grandsons and wives, Brad and Holly Morrisett of Edmond, Lance and Jennifer Morrisett of Childress, Texas; one granddaughter and husband, Melissa and Greg Bukovatz of Visalia, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Ross and Emily Morrisett of Edmond; a daughter-in-law and husband, Vickie and Clint Stamper of Kimberling City, MO.; and two sisters-in-lsaw, Thelma Howell of Las Vegas, NE., and patricia Boutwell of Houston, Texas.
She is also survived by two nieces: June Brady of Grove and Marge Lincecum of Canton, Texas; and five nephews: Len Gibbens of Mesquite, Texas, Wayne Gibbens of Arlington, VA., Eldon Stapp of Amarillo, Texas, David Stapp of Dallas, Texas and Rick Boutwell of Joplin, MO.; and many other nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by special friends, L. W. and Jeanelle Bradley, Tommy and Sharyn Myers, Dustin Cox and the staff and residents of the Chisholm Trail Assisted Living Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, three sisters: Myrtle Stroud, Rose Carter and Vernice Gibbens; and five brothers: Ernest Boutwell, Bonnie Boutwell, Ed Boutwell, John Fry Boutwell, and R. T. Boutwell.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 7, at the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ, Jon Hosch officiating. Interment will be in the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home. Pallbearers serving will be Wayne Gibbens. Len Gibbens, J. W. Bradley, Tommy Myers, Eldon Stapp and David Stapp. There will be family visitation on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 at the funeral home.

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