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Rose E. Morin

Rose E. Morin Rose E. Morin, age 83, of Manhattan, died March 18, 2020, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

She was born May 12, 1936, in Damar, Kansas, the daughter of George and Sadie (Kerr) Favreau. Rose spent her early life in the Damar, Kansas area. As the oldest of twelve children, she spent most of her young life cleaning, cooking, washing and ironing though she did have some time for fun in the summer with her cousins.

Rose was married to Robert E. “Bob” Morin at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Damar, Kansas, on June 17, 1954. In the first eleven years after her marriage to Bob they had four children, whom she raised. The family settled in Manhattan, Kansas in 1964. Her husband Bob spent a lot of time working, spending time with extracurricular activities, and for thirty-four years had a traveling job and spent a lot of time away from home. She carpooled the kids to Catholic schools and attended all their school and sporting activities. A lot of the kids’ accomplishments came because of her help. She was the driving force for her three sons to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Rose did a good job raising the kids, just ask them.

Rose was very proud of her family. She made sure she was either present at, or there shortly after, the birth of each one of her grandkids. She also followed up with gifts to the grandkids. Rose really wanted a great-grandchild in the family. She finally got her wish about a year and a half before she passed away, a beautiful great-granddaughter. She had two more great-grandkids who were born in the three months after she passed.

Rose had a very strong faith in God and her religion. She made sure that the family went to Mass every Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation. If she did not go because of illness or weather, she made sure she went to Mass sometime within the next few days. She always wanted the kids dressed nicely for Mass like they were going to a banquet. There were comments made from people in church that Rose’s kids looked so good in the way they were dressed. Rose made sure the kids were well-behaved in church. If they misbehaved, Bob would take them out and do what was needed to correct the children.

Rose was a very good housekeeper, cook, seamstress, gardener and hostess. She kept a clean house and was a good organizer with home and family duties. Throughout her life, she lived in twelve different homes. She kept all of them very neat and clean. Neighbors, friends, and family would come in and say “Rose, you have such a very neat, clean house”. She was a very good cook. Every place she lived, neighbors and friends would ask her for recipes. She started out with the Betty Crocker cookbook. Since that time, she has accumulated hundreds of cookbooks. She probably used a recipe out of each of those books for some purpose. She was very generous with preparing food dishes to give to needy people. When there was special need for food for a family, she brought them a big pan of barbequed meat balls. The families receiving the meatballs couldn’t wait until she left so they could dig into the wonderful tasting BBQ meatballs. Rose was a good seamstress. She made a lot of the kids’ clothes when they were young and continued to make clothes the rest of her life. She made baby blankets for each of the grandkids. Rose loved her flowers. Every place she lived, she had flowers outside in pots, boxes, and beds. She always loved flowers and green plants inside the house. She also loved to garden and raise her herb plants. She loved fresh vegetables from her garden such as lettuce, spinach, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Rose helped to host many parties which included the old Luckey High gang, her golfing buddies, and many K-State tailgate parties. The parties were held at home and the K-State parking lot. Rose became famous for her deviled eggs. There were two avid K-State football fans who consumed most of them.

After the kids were older she attended Manhattan Area Vo-Tech and earned a Secretarial Degree. Rose enjoyed her part-time work with Manhattan Floral for 12 years, gaining experience with floral arrangements, working with people and taking care of needs of customers in the flower shop.

Rose had a lot of natural athletic ability. She started out in grade school playing baseball. Many times, the boys would pick her as the #1 pick to be on their baseball team. She played softball for three years for the women’s traveling softball teams of Oberlin and Manhattan, Kansas. She played tennis and even beat her husband a few times. She was a good water skier, including on two skis, one ski, the knee board, the round board, shoe skis, but no barefoot. Rose was a good snow skier on the green and blue slopes. She tried the black slopes with the moguls one time and fell and messed up her knee which eliminated her snow skiing. She bowled for sixty years in many different bowling leagues and carried a very good average for ladies. She loved going to the national bowling tournaments and her favorite city for bowling trips was Reno. She would have been good at horseshoes, but they didn’t make horseshoes for left-handers.

Her main sport was golf. She played golf for around fifty-four years. For the last forty years of her life, she played a lot of golf. Any time anybody wanted to play a round, Rose was ready. Everybody wanted Rose to play on their team. She participated with many tournaments at Stagg Hill Golf Club and many throughout the state of Kansas. Many of these were fundraisers for special needs. She played golf in many states, she even played in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Bermuda. If you played golf with Rose, you played by the rules. If you used the foot wedge, you got charged for a stroke. She served on the Board of Directors at Stagg Hill Golf Club during the time the golf course was flooded in 1993. During that time, the board spent many hours trying to figure out how to get the money to keep Stagg Hill Golf Club in operation. Within a year, the course was open for play. Her last golf play was in May 2019. Rose and her 3 golfing buddies played 4 rounds of golf on courses in Southwest Kansas. Shortly after she got back to Manhattan, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and did not play another round.

She was a member of the Kansas Women’s Golf Association, Little Apple Lanes Ladies Bowling Group, participated in many state and national tournaments, served as a golf course rater and played more than forty golf courses around the state of Kansas.

She was also a member of the infamous Altar Society Circle 4. Several members of Circle 4 formed ‘The Stitch and Bitch’ club. The word got out they did more bitchin’ than stitchin’. Rose was involved with many bridge groups over her life. Rose was involved with school activities and PTA, a member of the Parish Council for a few years, and was a minister of hospitality for many years at Seven Dolors Catholic Church. She volunteered at the parish food pantry and Budget Shop, was an RCIA sponsor, served as a room mother and helped at the school library, and served breakfast for many years to the needy at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Rose loved to shop. She did all the shopping for her husband and family members and loved to shop for her grandkids. She especially loved to shop for Christmas presents for everybody. She made sure that every kid and grandkid got something on their birthday. This could be a gift, could be money, later in life they got a card. Rose’s comment would be while sitting in her chair in the house “I have pain in my knee and pain in my foot sitting here, I might as well go out and go shopping.”

Rose loved to travel. Through her life, she took trips to many parts of the country and enjoyed life with her husband, family, and friends. After Bob retired, they spent ten years traveling to see kids, grandkids, and attending grandkids’ births. She took cruise trips with friends across the Atlantic and through Europe. On one trip, she spent time in Wiesbaden, Germany and found the military base and home where she, son Terry, and Bob lived while he was serving in the Army.

The last 20 years of her life were spent living in the Westbank townhomes. She enjoyed helping neighbors, decorating the clubhouse to match up with the seasons and holidays, and golfing with neighbors. Rose developed numerous friendships within the neighborhood. She was involved with many social activities within the complex. She really enjoyed the pool and especially enjoyed the times when the kids and grandkids would come and enjoy the pool with her.

She was very optimistic, opinionated, thoughtful of others, somewhat conservative, and liked to help other people. Rose was a proud lady. She made sure she was always well-dressed with clean, neat clothes, lipstick on and hair brushed neatly. She always had a smile on her face. Throughout her life, she was very active and developed into a very strong lady, both physically and mentally. She was very friendly. She always met people with a very distinguished smile on her face. To summarize Rose, she was the best of the best in everything.

Survivors include her husband Bob of Manhattan; four children: Terry Morin and his wife Linda of Moscow, Idaho, Dale Morin and his wife Ann-Carroll of Houston, Texas, Mike Morin of Manhattan, and Julie Melchior and her husband Dan of Lenexa, Kansas; 10 siblings: Jim Favreau of West Covina, CA, Ramona Fowler of El Dorado, KS, Karen Jones of Rose Hill, KS, John Favreau of Waverly, KS, Stan Favreau of Bullhead City, AZ, Gerard Favreau of Viola, KS, Betty Thomison of Rose Hill, KS, Bill Favreau of Benton, KS, Kahni Christianson of East Wanatchee, WA, and Mark Favreau of Rose Hill, KS; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents and by two siblings: Lavern Favreau and Mary Reisman.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Thursday, August 6th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home with a Prayer Vigil to follow at 7:30 in the funeral home chapel. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, August 7 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church with Father Kerry Ninemire as celebrant. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 o’clock noon on Saturday, August 8 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Damar, Kansas, followed by inurnment at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, also in Damar, Kansas.

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Memorial contributions may be made to either the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Stagg Hill Golf Club or the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Mom’s Rosary Tribute:

For those that don’t know me, I’m Dale…commonly referred to as #2 son; although as I tell her, #1 in her heart.

I’d like to thank you all for being here. I know if it wasn’t for the current climate, so many more would have attended but know they are all with us in spirit.

First, I want to thank you all for prayers and support (Via Christi; doctors, nurses, staff; caregivers; Good Shepard Hospice; Eric of Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen; Fr Kerry; so many friends, family, Westbank Townhome neighbors, golfing ladies, the grocery shoppers, bakers, chauffer’s…and the list goes on. We couldn’t have made it through the last several months without you. Driving up today, a lady called in asking for advice on how to get through a difficult operation. The answer was ‘family and friends’. If you have those, you can get through anything. So again…thank you so much for what you’ve done and what you’ll likely continue to do.

So…we are all here to celebrate Mom’s life…and I say celebrate because there is so much about Mom to celebrate. A few interesting notes about 1936.
• In 1936, Miss America’s first name was Rose-how appropriate
• Girl Scout cookies were first introduced…probably what led to her baking skills
• The calendar for 1936 and 2020 are exactly the same
• A birthdate of May 12, 1936 means: Selflessness, Forgiveness, Creativity…all very appropriate qualities of Mom.

You can tell from the flyer, and countless comments, that she was always smiling…that’s true…though sometimes I’m sure it was not easy.

Mom was not a complex woman. She was very devoted in faith, and devoted to her family and to her friends.
• She was there to make sure we were on task for school work, get us to various school and after school activities...making sure we were doing what we needed to do and being where we needed to be.
• Her willingness to always lend a helping hand, whether it was Altar Society, Elderly visitations, church activities and events or other support.
• Held the family together while Dad was travelling and providing for all of us…and so thankful to Dad for that…as Mom was able to stay home and play quarterback, wide receiver…and occasionally…referee. Which meant she was typically the first line of defense for any discipline. Not the most glamorous role, but one she embraced knowing the importance of raising respectful, honest and appreciative kids.
o For many kids, the dreaded six words from their moms were “wait until your father gets home”…for me it was two words “bend over”. I’m not sure what hurt more…the way she said it, or the punishment itself.

But Mom also had her favorite 6 words that I think epitomized her philosophy on life. Those words are: “Drive for show…putt for dough”. She loved golf. While she didn’t start until many of us were out of the house, she made up for it. If she wasn’t playing, she was either watching it or thinking about it. And she was very good at it.

Now, you may ask yourself, what in the world does a golf phrase have to do with her philosophy on life? Well, to me it means she not usually one to be in the limelight; or one to bring attention to herself…never really the big, highly visible, actions. She was all about doing the little things, or the behind-the-scenes things that made such a big difference. Things like;
• Always having fresh baked desserts (something I still brag about on her today);
• Her interest in being a part of her children’s lives and activities whether it was religious, school, sports, academic events, scouts or anything else we had going on;
• Taking me to get my allergy shots in Topeka and stopping at Dairy Queen on the way home;
• Hauling me to my customers for lawn mowing…always making sure I had plenty of food, water…and gas
• Seeing her relax and enjoy herself at football tailgates, whether it was at home games, Mother’s weekends for fraternity or sorority events, and bowl games-no matter where they were
• All the vacations and trips to the lake growing up; including watching her ski, tube and kneeboard
• Welcoming my entire fraternity pledge class into the house (when I showed up completely unexpected) on a cold Sunday afternoon…letting us all hang out by the fireplace while she rustled up a home cooked meal of ham and mashed potatoes for us all. My fraternity brothers still talk about that day.
• She also served as a surrogate mother for my 2 kids during their time at K-State-ironing my son’s shirts for a last minute date; making potato soup for my daughter when she’d come over for a mental break or to study…and many times, just being there for them.

As for golf, somehow those skills skipped her kids and landed squarely in the lap of her grandson Nathan. I know he’s been playing for a while now and sounds like he’s very good at it.

Dad told me I had to stick to 5-7 minutes so while I could go on, I will wrap it up now.

So in closing, I truly hope you continue to celebrate all of the ways she made your lives better and pray we all continue to carry her motto of ”drive for show…putt for dough” and do all the little things for those around us that make such a big difference.

Mom, I know you are up listening, and giving us that same smile that we have all come to know and love. I also know you will continue to watch over and support all of us until we meet again.

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