Elsie C. Morgan

Elsie Catharine (Cairns) Morgan of Kansas City passed away on March 25, 2020 at Kingswood Health Center at age 102.

She was born on October 15, 1917 in Pineville, Kentucky and moved to Kansas City after she graduated with a degree in fine arts from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.  She completed training in laboratory technology at KC General Hospital. 

In 1941, she married David B. Morgan, a dermatologist, and was married until his death in late 2001.  They raised 5 children in their home on Jefferson Street where she lived for 66 years.  She saw many of her neighbors at her 100th birthday party.  She is well known as the founder of the Brookside Fourth of July Parade in the 1950s, a tradition that continues today. 

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church since 1947 and taught 4th grade Sunday School for many years.  She was dedicated to befriending the less fortunate and socially isolated. 

She is survived by her daughter Ann and husband Bob Woodling of Redmond, WA, daughter Margie and husband Bert Ehrmann of Dallas, son Dr. David and wife Nancy Morgan of Leawood, son Tom and wife LaVerne Morgan of Midland, TX, and son Bob and wife Mary Morgan of Overland Park.  She has 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church at a later date.

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Wednesday, Apr. 1st 2020 | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Elsie C. Morgan”

  1. Derron Rolf Says:

    My sympathies to your family. To think of everything that happened in her lifetime is amazing to me.

    Bob, I hope all is well with you and your family. We are well. I am holed up here in the Missouri countryside.


  2. Sarah Martin Douglas Says:

    Sending peace and comfort to the Morgan family. Losing a mother is so sad. The last time I saw Elsie was at my own mother’s funeral in 2015.

    My family lived at 6508 Jefferson from the mid 1950s-1970s.
    My sisters Edeen and Abbey and I attended many Popsicle
    Parades on the 4th of July! Still some of my fondest memories
    from childhood.

    Blessings to you all.

  3. Bonnie and Max Hayes Says:

    Dave, Nancy, David, Andrew and Sarah and Families,
    Elsie had a certain spunk about her and a “girl-like” sense of delight. We always enjoyed seeing her as she joined Dave and Nancy at church periodically.What an amazing blessing God gave her to reach her 102nd birthday! We celebrate her life and know that her entire family hold precious memories close in their hearts. May the peace and comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ be near the family.
    With love, Bonnie and Max Hayes

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