Bertha Irene Thurman Morgan

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bertha Irene Thurman Morgan, 83, of Fort Scott died, Friday May 22, 2009, at Mercy Health Center of Fort Scott. She was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Spring City, Tenn., the daughter of Jesse Carroll and Maggie Jane (Swafford) Thurman. She married Clarence Joseph "Joe" Morgan Nov. 7, 1947, in Rhea County, Tenn.

She was first and foremost God's child. She was a wife, mother, homemaker, church secretary, motel manager, and an elementary school teacher. She was a true Tennessee Volunteer. She was involved in garden clubs and church clubs, and was a member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son; Billy Mack Morgan of East Tennessee, and a daughter; Jane Morgan Milburn of Fort Scott; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Erma Thurman; numerous loved nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by Joe Morgan, her parents, two brothers; William Allen Thurman, and Thomas Mack Thurman, and three sisters; Cora Mae Hicks, Cornina McClure, and Sally Rowena Thomas.

According to her wishes, she was cremated. Services will be held at a later date, and interment will be at the Smith-Wilkey Cemetery in Rhea County, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to the donor's charity of choice. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Online expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to the family at