Cleo Morrison

Aug. 12, 1931-Dec. 13, 2016

Cleo Joyce Morrison,

85, Minot, formerly of Des

Lacs, died Tuesday, De-

cember 13, 2016 in her


Cleo Joyce Morrison

was born on August 12,

1931. in Sherwood, ND,

the daughter of Henry and

Ida (Littlejohn) DesLau-

riers. She was raised and

educated in Sherwood,

ND, graduating from Sher-

wood High School in

1949. After earning a

two-year Standard Teach-

ing Certificate at Minot

Teacher’s College, she

taught in Columbus, ND

for two years and in

Mohall for two years.

Cleo married the love of

her life, Doug Morrison,

on June 26, 1955 at St.

James Catholic Church in

Sherwood. They made

their home in Mohall for a

short time, until moving

to their home in Minot.

Four children were the

result of their union:

Steve, Diane, Mark and

Debbie. Along with nur-

turing her family, she also

attended night classes un-

til graduating from Minot

State College with a

Teaching Degree in 1975.

She taught kindergarten

and pre-school at Little

Flower Catholic School in

Minot until retiring in


Doug died on February

4, 2002. She continued to

live in their home until

the flood of 2011 forced

her to move out. She then

moved into a condomini-

um in southeast Minot,

where she resided for two

years. Due to her health,

she then moved in with

her daughter Debbie, who

cared for her until her

time of death.

Cleo was a longtime

member of Little Flower

Catholic Church, where

she was involved in the

confraternity of Christian

Mother’s and Bible study

group, until becoming a

member of her daughter’s

church, Our Lady of

Grace Catholic Church.

She enjoyed cooking and

baking and was known for

her famous homemade

buns and cinnamon rolls.

She also enjoyed sewing

and camping. While

camping with her

daughters a few years ago,

she had her first and only

experience with the jet-ski

and motorcycle, all in one

day. She had a special

love for animals, but cats

and dogs were her favor-

ite. You could often find

her spending time with

her family, especially her

grandchildren. When her

grandchildren would stay

with her, she’d always

make sure their tummies

were full by making her

famous pancakes, ma-

caroni and cheese, pop-

corn and milkshakes, just

to name a few. She also

would make homemade

play-doe, which kept

them entertained for

hours. She will be truly

missed by all who shared

in her life.

Family: Those cherish-

ing her memory include

her children: Steve (Vicki)

Morrison, Omaha, NE,

Mark (Sherry) Morrison,

Vacaville, CA, Diane

(Jody) Martin and Debbie

(Doug) Opland, both of

Des Lacs; grandchildren:

Erin (Dan) Pusch, Omaha,

NE, Kyle Morrison,

Omaha, NE, Lexi (Abe)

Nelson, Roseville, CA, Jor-

dan (Michael) McCollam,

Vacaville, CA, Caleb

Morrison, Sacramento,

CA, Josiah Morrison, Va-

caville, CA, Jessica (Bra-

dy) Carpenter, Ashley Op-

land, both of Minot, Chel-

sey Opland, Des Lacs,

April (Colby) Anderson,

Glenburn and Kayla Mar-

tin, Des Lacs;

great-grandchildren:  Mi-

kaela and Tyson Pusch,

Macie Nelson, Kaylee and

Jesse McCollam, Hadley

Carpenter and Jace Ander-

son; brother: Gary (Jenny)

Des Lauriers, Minot, along

with numerous nieces and


She was preceded in

death by her parents and


Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Wednesday, December

28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in

Our Lady of Grace Cathol-

ic Church, Minot.

Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Tuesday, De-

cember 27, 2016 from

3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

in Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred

to Our Lady of Grace

Catholic Church, Little

Flower Catholic Church,

Bishop Ryan High School

Foundation, all of Minot

or an organization of the

donor’s choice.

Those wanting to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories and

condolences are invited to

use the expressions of

sympathy section at