February 10, 1953 - July 19, 2021
Nora Jane Morris, age 68, of Boyceville, WI went to heaven on Monday, July 19, 2021, at her new home. Nora had fought an exceptionally long battle with Stage IV Pancreatic cancer. Nora was born February 10, 1953, to Walter Sukut and Barbara Millicent (Huntley) Sukut in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. At six months of age, Nora moved with her missionary parents to Japan where she lived with her brothers Mark and Don and sister Kathy (Harper) until she was 14 years old. Nora spoke fluent Japanese into adulthood and always loved Japanese food and Japan. After returning from Japan, Nora and her family lived in Avon, South Dakota where she graduated from high school in 1971. Nora went to the University of South Dakota for her freshman year of college but transferred to Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 1975. After graduation, Nora worked with disadvantaged children in Rockford, Illinois. She then worked at Hennepin County as a grant writer from 1977-1978 where she met her future husband, Robert. Nora went on to work for the Saint Paul Schools, Out of School Youth program before becoming a School Social Worker for Saint Paul Schools. She acquired her Master’s Degree in Counseling in Education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls while working full time for Saint Paul Schools. Nora devoted her life to helping children who were abused or neglected or who had emotional or other needs. She loved her school children and often expressed a desire to adopt them away from their difficult circumstances. Nora was a strong advocate for her school children and was loved by them and her co-workers who nominated her for Minnesota School Social Worker of the Year. She was President of the Minnesota School Social Worker’s Association in 1988 while pregnant with her first child. Nora was planning to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year and wished to open a private counseling practice during her retirement. Her plans were interrupted when she was diagnosed with very advanced Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer on January 31, 2019, 10 days before her 66th birthday. Nora was told there was no cure and she had only 2-6 months left to live. Nora far exceeded her doctors’ expectations and battled her cancer for 2.5 years. In that time, Nora was blessed to see two more grandchildren born, build and move into her dream home and to celebrate three birthdays and anniversaries. Nora poured herself into her calling and her family, always putting the needs of others above her own. Nora was a selfless, loving, kind and strong Christian who, even as she was given a grim prognosis, worried more about her students, co-workers and family than she did herself. Nora married Robert Morris on June 19, 1982, at Plymouth Covenant Church in Plymouth, Minnesota. Nora and Bob lived in Plymouth until December 2020 when they moved to their beautiful new home (which Nora lovingly designed) on a picturesque hilltop near Menomonie, Wisconsin. After being told they couldn’t have children and to adopt, Nora and Bob were blessed with two children, Jacob Robert and Lauren Marie who were raised in Plymouth. Jacob went on to become a medical doctor specializing in Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, WI and Lauren obtained her PhD in Bioinformatics and is a professor at Cornell College, in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Nora loved travel, entertaining, gardening, cooking, sewing, reading and making a wonderful home for her family. Nora especially loved her summers when she could spend time with her children at the rustic little lake cabin she built with Bob and camping vacations and Spring Breaks in Florida with her extended family. Nora was very proud of her children and their achievements but even more so because they are kind adults with strong Christian faith and Christian spouses. Jake and Lauren faithfully called or facetimed with Nora every day during her long battle. Nora’s love for her family and theirs for her, along with love, prayers and support of family and many friends gave Nora the strength to battle her horrible cancer far beyond anyone’s expectations. Nora also received excellent care from the Mayo Clinic and the Avera Cancer Hospital. Due to her rock-solid faith in Jesus Christ and life after death, Nora faced her death without fear and looked forward to joining her mother and father in heaven. During her entire cancer journey, Nora never cried for herself, only for her husband and those she would leave behind. Nora felt that she had lived a blessed life and went to heaven peacefully at her new home as she wished. Her last words to her husband were “I love you” as she squeezed his hand. Nora will be sorely missed by her loving husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends but we feel blessed to have had such an exceptionally wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Robert’s Angel on Earth is now an Angel in Heaven who we all look forward to joining one day. Nora is survived by: Husband Robert Morris who lives in their new home in Boyceville, Wisconsin Son Jacob Morris, MD and his wife Genae of Eau Claire, Wisconsin Daughter Lauren Jepsen, PhD and her husband Nathan of Lisbon, Iowa Grandchildren: Walter Morris, Genevieve (Evie) Morris, Harvey Morris, Milo Morris and Adeline Jepsen Brother Mark Sukut and his wife Lisa of Livingston, Montana Brother Don Sukut and his wife Joni of Hermitage, Tennessee Sister Kathy Harper and her husband Dewey of Winston-Salem, North Carolina Many special nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews Her loyal dog Poppy who she loved and who loves her dearly Nora was preceded to heaven by: Mother Barbara who went to heaven three days after Nora received her cancer diagnosis Father Walter who went to heaven one year later 3 days after Nora’s 67th birthday A celebration of Nora’s life: Will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, WI with Jacob Morris officiating. After the service, all friends and family are welcome at Nora and Bob’s new home six miles West of Menomonie where lunch will be served. Later in the afternoon Nora’s ashes will be buried with her tree. Nora’s tree is a sugar maple which was chosen for its strength and inner sweetness which matches Nora’s character.
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