Elvera May Morton

1932 - 2021



Obituary of Elvera M. Morton, Chehalis, WA Oct. 12, 1932 – Mar. 25, 2021

Elvera M. Morton, 88, of Chehalis, Washington, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 25, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Elvera was born on October 12, 1932 in Craig, Nebraska and moved with her family to the ChehalisNapavine area in 1935. She was the last surviving family member of an immigrant couple from Sweden, preceded in death by her father, Claus, and mother, Ellen Nelson; her brother Malcolm “Swede” Nelson; and her sister, Mathilda (Nelson) Fawley. She is survived by her husband of 70+ years, E. R. “Bob” Morton of Chehalis; son, Steve (& Karen) Morton of Camano Island; daughters, Judy (& Glen) Hamling of Chimacum; and Ellen (& Martin) Hinderlie of Napavine; as well as her grandchildren, Beau (& Stevie) Morton; Bethany (& Zech) Bordon; Daryl (& Brooke) Anderson; Katelyn Anderson, and Matt (& Vanessa) Hinderlie; and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Isabel Bordon; and Shaye Anderson, and also her devoted dog, Lady. A 1950 graduate of Napavine High School, Elvera was a proud Homemaker and family matriarch who enjoyed time with her family more than anything. She also was an active community member involved in Lewis County 4-H as a club leader for the Logan Hill Headliners 4-H Club, and served as the 4-H Livestock Superintendent for the Southwest Washington Fair, and was Treasurer for the Youth Livestock Auction for decades. She was also a long-time Assistant Manager for the Washington State 4-H Fair in Puyallup, and a Washington State Fairs Commissioner, serving from 1993-1999. An avid advocate for agriculture and youth, Elvera was very active in the American Hereford Association as well as the Washington and National Poll-ette Auxiliaries, serving on the National Poll-ette Board of Directors as Treasurer. She also served as a long-time advisor for the Washington State Junior Hereford Association where she advised and assisted dozens of youth (who thought of her as a “second Mom”) as they participated in local, state, regional, and national Hereford events across the country. In recognition of that dedication, Elvera was honored to be the first woman inducted into the American Hereford Association Hall of Merit for her support of youth. Elvera also loved traveling with her husband Bob, and other family members, all across the United States, as well as to Sweden and Europe. Among her other passions, she enjoyed attending sports events, especially football games, across the state and nation to cheer on teams both played on, and coached by, son, Steve. A private, graveside memorial service at the Napavine Cemetery is planned through Cattermole Funeral Home, Winlock, Washington. In lieu of flowers, family requests any donations be sent ATT’N to the Elvera M. and E. R. “Bob” Morton Scholarship, in care of the Napavine Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 1243, Napavine, WA 98565, for use for Career and Technical Education and/or Athletic scholarships to assist youth in the community in which Elvera and Bob grew up, met, fell in love, married, and raised their family.

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Steve and Karen Morton

March 31, 2021 9:10 AM

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Karen Morton

March 30, 2021 5:41 PM

This past week I’ve been flooded with some sweet and precious memories of my mother in law Elvera (mom). She was such a wonderful example of a devoted wife, mom, grandma and great grandma. She loved her people whole heartedly. She loved to laugh, had a great sense of fun and zest for life. We went to lots of football games together and our children have wonderful memories of visits to the farm and taking trips with grandma and grandpa. She and dad (Bob) raised some very fine humans and I’m so grateful to be married to their son(Steve) and be part of the Morton family. She told me early on that had Steve been a girl he would have been named Karen. You got your Karen after all, Mom. 😊❤️You are loved so much and will be missed so much. ❤️❤️❤️🌷🌷🌷love you, Karen Lynne Morton

Ellen Hinderlie

March 29, 2021 3:10 PM

Dearest Mom,
Thank you, for too many things to list and not miss something important! You showed me how to do, and be, so many things that have positively influenced my life and made me into the strong and capable woman I am today, while still having love and compassion for others. You allowed me to experience some of the most amazing and fun things with you, like traveling across the US to national cattle shows, many times over the years, or maybe just sitting and talking with you, hearing about your life and incredible journey, and/or being a listening and caring ear to my life situations. I TREASURE EVERY MEMORY, and THANK GOD He chose you to be my Mom!! 🥰
You are my role model and heroine Mom, and while I know you know that, I need to say it again! God has a perfect plan for our lives and it was a beautiful thing to have you be part of His plan for my life, and me be in the plan for yours! You are forever LOVED and APPRECIATED, and will be missed here on Earth, but we’ll see you again in Heaven! 💕🙏🏼 Forever your “Sunshine” ☀️.....with Love, Ellen

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