Sep 232011

Linda Lee Morphis, 55, of Snowflake died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low following a lengthy illness. A private family service will be held at her ranch as Linda is laid to rest among the beautiful trees and bushes that dot her little “piece of heaven.”

She was born on June 11, 1956, in Eugene, Ore., to the late James and Nancy Eleanor (Bevan) Forcia.

Linda moved to Arizona from her native Oregon in 1986 and found her heaven on earth in Snowflake. She and her husband have a beautiful ranch where she enjoyed living the “country life.”

She married David Lloyd Morphis on July 31, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nev., and recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary together.

As a young girl, Linda learned the value of hard work. For many years she and her husband worked for Westco Construction Company out of Pinetop. She was a loyal and dependable worker, and was able to do the work of any man. She loved her job!

She learned to appreciate the simple things in life and found that her greatest joys were in the great-out-of-doors.

Linda was a great animal lover and cared for many pets over the years, including her dogs, cats and horses. She loved to escape the pressures of this world by jumping on her horses and going for long rides, as she was an accomplished horsewoman. Whenever atop her horses, Linda always was on the lookout for rocks. Her family will always remember her as a great rock hunter. She has a beautiful collection of rocks that will forever be treasured by her family.

Survivors include her husband, David Morphis of Snowflake; her daughter, Jennifer (Timothy L.) Towner of Snowflake; her son, Jason Thompson of Snowflake; two sisters, Vicki (Dan) McCullom of Auburn, Wash., and Cynthia (Marty) Dowling of Auburn, Wash.; a brother, Tom Keller of the Pacific Northwest; and three grandchildren, Sarah, Michael and Darian, all of Snowflake.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.