Fran Morlock, 82, of Aberdeen and formerly Ipswich, passed away Monday, November 2, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Aberdeen.
Public visitation will be from 6-8:00 PM, Thursday at Gramm Funeral Home in Ipswich. Masks and distancing are greatly encouraged.
Due to COVID, a private family funeral service will be held on Friday, November 6th at 2:00pm at The Gramm Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Wickard of Richland Wesyelan Church officiating. Burial will take place at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Frances was born on February 20, 1938 to Carl and Amanda (Fischer) Peterson in Grandin, North Dakota. Fran graduated from Grandin High School in 1956 and attended Interstate Business College after graduation.
Fran married James “Jim” Morlock on August 4th, 1962 in Fargo, North Dakota. Jim and Fran moved to Minneapolis, MN after the wedding and started their family there. Two sons were born to them, Mark in 1968 and Michael in 1970. Fran was employed at Norwest Bank and Park School Credit Union while they lived in the Minneapolis area.
In late 1976 Jim and Fran decided to venture West and bought the Newspaper in Ipswich. Fran at this time also decided to start her own flower shop (Prairie Floral) and ran this for many years in conjunction with the Newspaper. Jim and Fran ran these businesses until Jim’s health started to fail due to Leukemia and they sold the businesses. After Jim’s passing in 1990, Fran started to work at Walmart in the business office and later in the craft area till her retirement in 2010. After her retirement, Fran did crafts and often attended the craft shows in the area selling her crafts. Fran was a Charter member of the Ipswich Lioness Club and later a member of the Ipswich Lions Club when they merged together holding many different positions within the club, she was also active in the Ipswich Legion Auxiliary.
Fran continued to make Ipswich her home till she moved to Bethesda Towne Square in January of 2018 and most recently AngelHaus both located in Aberdeen.
Blessed to have shared Fran’s life are her son’s Mark (Sue) Morlock of Aberdeen and their children Chrystal (Kyle) Watkins of Pierre, and Steven Morlock of Aberdeen. Michael (Lisa) Morlock of Urbandale, IA and their children, Will Morlock and Emma Morlock, both of Urbandale, IA. She is also survived by her sister’s Lillian Wollman, Gilette, WY, Evelyn Peterson, Fargo, ND and Shirley Peterson, Fargo, ND. Brother in-law Harley Morlock of Smithville, MO and Sister in-law Marge Turner of Apple Valley, MN Fran is preceeded in death by her husband Jim, both of her parents and sister Phyliss and infant sister Alice.
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