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The Spectrum, 11/24/12
LaRue Kunz Morris, our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and friend rejoined her husband and
family on Wednesday November 21, 2012. She was attempting to recover from heart and lung
issues at IMC hospital that had rapidly progressed over the last several months. LaRue was
born on September 18, 1921 to Hyrum S. and Leah Jacobson Kunz in Sharon, Idaho.
LaRue's early life was unique in that her family spent a number of summers at Utah
national parks and monuments as well as Grand Canyon. Her father worked as a construction
supervisor for the park lodges that were being built by the Union Pacific Railroad.
LaRue's many and varied experiences were well known among her posterity. Her high
school and college days were spent in Manti and St. George where she met her husband
Richard (Dick) Morris and they were married in the St. George Temple December 2, 1941.
Dick and LaRue briefly lived in Las Vegas until Dick went into the Navy as a result of the
World War II conflict. LaRue moved back to Cedar City to stay with her parents where their
first child was born. Following Dick's return, LaRue and Dick moved to Pocatello Idaho
where Dick completed his degree in Pharmacy at ISU and their first daughter was born. The
trail then lead to Cedar City for the start of a long run in the Drug Store business and
two additions to the family. L!
aRue constructed many 4th of July float entries for Cedar Drug and for the Ward. She was
parade chairman for several years.
LaRue and Dick loved the outdoors and enjoyed gathering fire wood in their spare time.
Visits to Cedar Breaks cabin constructed by her father along with Easter outings with the
children and grandchildren were activities that she greatly enjoyed. Of course she was a
great cook and for many years the family looked forward to Thanksgiving at LaRue's.
She counted quilting, knitting and crouching as her hobbies and the resulting works were
prized by the kids and grandkids. Her expertise landed her the job of quilting chairmen on
several occasions. She was an accomplished seamstress who could sew a fine dress as easily
as upholster a chair. For a time LaRue and Dick enjoyed joining forces with Evelyn (her
sister) and York Jones in a couples bowling league. The team had a blast kicking the butts
of the younger couples and accumulating the trophies. She was always a strong competitor
whether it was the bridge club or the trial of life.
LaRue was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held a
number of positions, including Relief Society President, Primary President, Young
Women's president, Temple worker and extraction leader.
Her later years were spent with family in Sandy and Spanish Fork, but she greatly missed
her home on Juniper Dr. in Cedar City. Her great persistence and love of family was an
enabler to her position as the longest living member of her family.
LaRue is survived by children, Richard (Bonnie) Morris, Sandy Utah; Charles (Debbie)
Morris, Cedar City Utah; Mitzi (Brad) Creer, Spanish Fork, Utah; 13 grandchildren; 21
great-grandchildren. Husband Richard C. Morris, daughter Melinda Ann Coston and her
parents Hyrum S. Kunz and Leah Jacobson Kunz preceded her in death. Also siblings Mrs.
Fenton J (Bee) Christiansen, Merrill "Bud" Kunz, and Mrs. York F. Jones
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at 11:00 am at the LDS Cedar View
Chapel (320 South 1925 West Cedar City, Utah). Friends may visit Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
from 6:00-8:00 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 North 300 West Cedar City, Utah) and
Monday from 9:30 - 10:30 am at the LDS Cedar View Chapel (320 South 1925 West Cedar City,
Utah). Interment will be held in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern
Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from November 24 to November 25, 2012
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