Catherine Irene Morgan (Langdon/Lorentzen)…August 14, 2014

Catherine-Irene-MorganCatherine Morgan (Langdon-Lorentzen), a resident of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico for the past 29 years, passed away on August 14, 2014 at home with her son and his wife by her side, Clint and Connie Langdon. She was 89 years 5 months and 19 days old.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Knut and Merle (Mott) Lorentzen, and husbands, Charles O. Langdon and Thomas “Ted” Morgan; two step daughters-in-law, Elva (Raymond) McCurry, and Rachel Johnson; sisters-in law Lorene (Earl) Confer and Geri Anderson; and brother-in-law Glythe Tucker.

Catherine is survived by her sons, Clint Langdon (Connie) of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; Bill (W. O,) Langdon (Sandy) of Lamar, Colorado; step son, Tom Morgan (Roberta) of Albany, Oregon; step-son-in-law, Roy Johnson (Idma), Lamar, Colorado; two grandsons, Edward Langdon (Emilda) of Evans, Colorado; Riley Langdon (Lindsay) of Fountain, Colorado; and ten great grandchildren; two sister-in-laws, Dorothy Tucker of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Ada Morrison of Buena Vista, Colorado; a brother-in-law, Ralph Anderson, of Laramie, Wyoming; many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Catherine went to Clover Meadow School through the 8th grade in Clover Meadow, Colorado. She graduated in 1945 from Lamar Union High School, Lamar, Colorado. She went to work at Wheelers Grocery and met Charles. They were married January 1, 1949 and made their home in Lamar, Colorado. She worked at Wheelers Grocery as a clerk. After Clint was born the family moved to Anaheim, California and she helped the family business working at Knots Berry Farm; she and Dollie Langdon made bonnets and sold them at the gift shop. After several years they moved back to Lamar, where she ran a boarding house at 204 South 3rd, Lamar, Colorado. Bill was born during these years and in 1956 they bought a Skelly Gas Station with Bulk Gas and Oil delivery. Catherine ran the station and kept their own books, while Charles made the deliveries.

They bought Bristol Machine Shop in 1960, again she kept the books and continued running the business while raising two rambunctious boys. They sold this business and in 1962 they bought May Valley Store and Repair, May Valley, Colorado. Catherine was Mercantile Store Keeper and ran New Holland Parts Business (the largest outside of Denver, Colorado). She sold used cars, RV’s and campers (large and small) and had a full service Mechanic shop.

They started coming down to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in 1985. She continued to run May Valley Store and Repair until they closed the store in 1987.

Catherine was always helping the boys with their livestock, working with the horses at home, and was active in various positions with Vaqueros Saddle Club (life time member) in Lamar, Colorado. She was also a member of Lamar Rebekah’s for many years, and a member of Home Demonstration Club in Lamar, Colorado. Charles and Catherine were married 41 years.

In 1997, while at a Senior Trip to Laughlin, Nevada she met Ted Morgan. They were married in May and made their home year round in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. They loved their retirement lifestyle in T or C, NM. She played May I cards, shuffled with other seniors, Beading, and dancing at the Play House in Truth or Consequences. She enjoyed cooking and baking and having family and friends over for a good game of Mexican Train (Dominos) and Fast Track; they were also active members of the Moose Lodge of Buena Vista, Colorado and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and VFW Auxiliary. They fished together and traveled together and enjoyed visiting with the grandchildren, later the great grandchildren as well. Ted and Catherine were married 12 years.

Catherine became an active member of Church at the Butte, Elephant Butte, New Mexico where she helped with meals, was a door greeter, helped with decorations, helped with transportation and really “anywhere” she was needed. She will be missed; but, we know she has gone on before us to be in a much better place, with her Lord and Savior.

Catherine’s wishes were to be cremated. Memorial services will be August 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at Church at the Butte, 516 Hwy 195, Elephant Butte, NM with graveside services August 30, 2014 at Fairmont Cemetery, Lamar, CO. In lieu of flowers, Catherine’s wishes were, make a donation to Open Arms Pregnancy Center or WIRED (Youth Ministries) at Church at the Butte, P. O. Box 1346, Elephant Butte, NM 87901-1346. The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences and contributions.

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