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Morris Otto Gregory
Morris O. Gregory, 87, was born and raised in Mapleton, Idaho, and thrived in Cub River Canyon. He married his first love, Janece Bodily, on June 2, 1953 in the Logan Temple, and they subsequently lived in various locations in his career with the railroad. While living in Provo and working as a lineman for the power company, Morris was asked by his father if he wanted to buy the family farm. He and Janece and their first six of eight children moved north and made multiple sacrifices to modernize and expand dairy operations. Working with his family in challenging but beautiful surroundings was highly important to Morris.
Morris served faithfully in his church callings, including as scout master and as bishop of the Mapleton Ward. During this time, Morris and Janece happily welcomed Laura (Griffeth) Toledo to their family. Morris was known for his integrity and work ethic. At retirement, he and Janece were called to serve in the West Indies mission on the island of Grenada. He lost Janece to melanoma in 1999. After a period of deep mourning, he was blessed to meet Ruth Ann Jenson, the second love of his life, whom he married temporally in the Logan temple on February 3, 2001. Morris and Ruth Ann were called to the Singapore mission and served in Malaysia. They served as temple workers for about 15 years.
Morris found great joy in hosting his family’s annual reunion on his farm each June. A perfect day for him might include hunting, fishing, gardening, working on the farm, eating pumpkin pie, or watching BYU football or basketball games… not necessarily in that order.
Morris is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann, his eight children: Harold (Janet), Nancy (Clair) Condie, DeVon (Brenda), Michael (Sheri), Reese (Ellen), Robert (Tina), Marie Freestone, and Tina Bodell; and by Ruth Ann’s nine children: Eleanor, Paul (Dawn), Justin (Lori), Cynthia (Mario), Quinn (Jennifer), Heather (Roy), Morgan (Camie), Amy (Erik), and Daren (Bec). He was very proud of each of these children, his 36 grandchildren, his 41 bonus grandchildren, and his 39 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janece; son-in-laws Stuart Bodell and Thomas Freestone; and a granddaughter, Kaylynn Gregory.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the Mapleton Ward Chapel, 5307 E. Cub River Rd., Preston, Idaho. The services will be streamed live and may be watched Saturday at 11 am (MST) by clicking on one of the following link:
Viewings will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Mapleton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com
So sorry Ruth Anne, Morris was a wonderful man. Our prayers are with you. Love, Gerrit, Amanda, Elise and Rylee VanBeekum
Amanda VanBeekum Oct 28 2021 9:21 PM
May our Savior be with your family during your hour of sorrow.
Jeff & Sheri Spatig Oct 25 2021 6:03 PM
I'm so sorry Ruth and family, your dad has always been a fixture in my life ,not always constant but just always been there as a friend.
Lora and Mike Johnson Oct 25 2021 4:13 PM
Oh Aunt Ruth Ann, we are so heartbroken for you. We are so grateful that you and Morris could share 20 happy years together!
We love you, and all your family!
Carolyn Fowkes McCleve Oct 25 2021 2:55 AM
We send our love and sympathy to you and your families. May you feel the love of the Savior at this tender time.
Dan and Jane Madsen (cousin of Ruth Ann)
Jane Madsen Oct 24 2021 5:47 PM
So extremely sad to hear of Morris's passing. He is with Janice now. I have so many fond memories of both of them.
Laura Spatig Thorpe Oct 24 2021 11:55 AM