Eloise Morgan, age 81, of Polo, MO, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 22, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Sept. 22, 1936, the daughter of Cecil J. and Sarah Edith (Miller) Hogan in Leeton, MO.
Eloise had lived in Polo since childhood. She was a 1954 graduate of Polo High School. On June 5, 1955, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, James Laurence Morgan at the Methodist Church in Polo. To this union two children were born.
Eloise drove bus #26 for the Polo School District from 1976 until her retirement in 2005. She also worked as a waitress, owned M & M Spreading with her husband, and was a homemaker and clerk for the city of Polo. She also worked as a cook at the Caldwell County Nutrition Center for many years. Eloise was a member of the Knoxville Community Church in Rayville. She was energetic, independent, and had a zest for life. Eloise enjoyed gardening and farming. She was the friendliest and most helpful person you would meet. She will be dearly missed by all who know her.
Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents; brother, John Cecil Hogan; and an infant brother.
Before Eloise’s mother, Edith, passed away in 1948, she asked her good friend and neighbor Laurine Stone to always keep ribbons in Eloise’s hair. This promise grew to a lifelong relationship in which Laurine taught Eloise how to be a Christian wife and mother, a strong and independent lady, and a good friend to many. After the passing of her husband James in 2006, she had 12 more years spent with family and many, many friends.
Those left to mourn her passing include her daughter, Kim (Dennis) Snodgrass of Polo; son, Kevin (Gwen) Morgan of Polo; grandsons, Phillip (Ashley) Snodgrass of Higginsville, Justin (Shannon) Morgan of Shiloh, IL, Jon (Cassie) Morgan of Polo, and Lance (Julie) Snodgrass of Urbana, IL; one granddaughter, Megan (Frankie) Banhart of Kansas City; four great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Knoxville Community Church (six miles south of Polo on Hwy. 13) with Rev. David Miller officiating. The family received friends Tuesday evening at Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo. Pallbearers were Justin Morgan, Jon Morgan, Phillip Snodgrass, Lance Snodgrass, Mark Morgan and Kendall Morgan. Interment followed the services at Mirabile Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Knoxville Community Church or the Mirabile Cemetery in loving memory of Eloise Morgan, and may be left at or mailed to Stith Family Funeral Home, 301 E. Elm St., Polo, MO 64671.
Arrangements were under the direction of Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo.