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.