Terry Morphew

Born in Kansas City, KS on August 17, 1937

Departed on August 6, 2018 and resided in Lakewood, CO

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Terry Morphew, of Lakewood, Colorado went to be with the Lord after a three-year battle with cancer on August 6, 2018, at 80 years old. Born Terry Donne Hillmer, to Armin and Clare Wilk Hillmer, in Kansas City, Kansas on August 17, 1937, she is a proud graduate of the original Shawnee Mission High School class of 1955. She received an associates degree from St. John’s College, in Winfield, Kansas, but was always happy to cheer for the KU Jayhawks. Terry met and married Gordon Arthur Morphew on May 31,1959 in Kansas City. She worked as a flight attendant for TWA until she became pregnant with their first child. Mother to Todd and Tracy, Terry was a homemaker once her children were born. The family started attending at St Philip & St James church, which Terry would continue to attend for the next 48 years. Her favorite dog breed was miniature schnauzers, and she owned four of them in succession, over the next 25 years. After the sudden death of her husband in 1978, Terry began her retail career, working at Joslins and selling Mary Kay Cosmetics, which she sold for almost 40 years.  She happily volunteered at the Central City Opera Guild, and was a member of Pinehurst Country club, where she played tennis. She was Baskin Robins Ice Cream’s number one fan- originally of their pralines and cream flavor, but eventually switching to Jamoca almond fudge. She enjoyed years of bridge games with sweet friends, associations with Clipped Wings for retired flight attendants and her “sports club”, various bible study groups, and a newfound love of Zumba dancing in her later years, which introduced her to new, special friends. She fiercely battled her cancer diagnosis for three years, and was so blessed by the care and treatment of those at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, and the prayers and love from family and friends.

 Terry is lovingly remembered by her two children, Todd and Tracy, her son-in-law, Steve, her three grandchildren, Molly (Colin), Matt, and Emily, her brother, Reid Hillmer, her sister-in-law, Jean, and her nieces and nephews, Eric, Emma, Mark, and Paul, her brother-in-law Rodger Morphew, and her nieces Stacie, Lori, and Kristen.

 A Funeral Service in memory of Terry will be held on Friday August 10th at 10:00 am, at St. Philip & St. James Episcopal Church, 2797 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, 80236. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Terry to the American Cancer Society, by mail at American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123 or online at donate3.cancer.org.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Jennifer Mackey-Fleck and Mary Jane Mackey :

    So sorry to learn about Terry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. So Strange, just this AM, before I read about the death of Terry, I kept thinking of her and how pretty she was with her “new” white hair! Have many good memories of Terry at the Lakewood Elks Club. Wonderful, Wonderful gal. Will miss her!

  3. Rick Gardner :

    I mourn the passing of my former bridge partner. Terry was a wonderful person with such a joie de vivre. I will miss her wonderful personality and positive outlook on life. Farewell, my friend and safe journey.

  4. It was always a special time when Terry came to Jeremiah Gals. She always added a lively, joyful spark to our gatherings.
    I will miss her.

  5. Terry was always smiling and concerned how others were doing regardless of her status. I admired her resiliency. I will miss her cheerful continence. Blessings to her family as they grieve their loss.

  6. Phyllis Joslin & Sam Thiessen :

    Terry’s smiling face and bubbly personality will be deeply missed by her friends at Sports ‘n Social Connections. She truly had a special zest for life. We will miss our “almost next door” neighbor.

  7. Marlene Martin :

    Terry’s warmth and sweet spirit livened up our Jeremiah Gals social times. She will be missed!

  8. Leslee Breene :

    Terry was a special, joyful spirit. She will be missed in the Thraemoor Social Club.

  9. Marge Carriger :

    Terry was a lovely person and always fun to talk to

  10. I would often run into Terry at a recreation center where she was always involved in some class that I also enjoyed. She was such a lovely person and will be missed by all.

  11. Patti McCarty Doan :

    I will miss our talks and your wonderful positive outlook, Terri!

  12. Janelle (Shane) Ipson :

    Dear Tracy and Todd,
    I’ve been thinking of and praying for you two and your Mom since I started following on Caring Bridge. I’m so sorry she lost her battle with cancer. I know you were all very close. She was such a dear person and she passed on her sweet nature to you and your family. I wish I could of gone to the service, but I live in Oregon. Please know that my whole family thinks and prays for you often. Love you and God bless you.

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