Morrow, Laura May “Poppy”, Bridgeport, Michigan


Laura May Fierke was born in Saginaw County to Andrew and Lydia (Graf) Fierke November 4, 1918. She grew up on a dairy farm on Tittabawassee Road. Sadly, Laura’s siblings, Marian, Herbert, Rosemary and Kenneth have all passed away. She attended Arthur Hill High School, graduating in 1936. After graduation, she traveled with the Hershey family to Dearborn, Chicago, Kansas City and Texas as a nanny to their 2 children, Billie and Betty Jane. Mr. Hershey was a Montgomery Ward store manager. Upon returning to Saginaw around 1940, she worked at Carters, Heavenriches and finally ended up at Lufkin Rule where she worked until she married. She met her husband, Kenneth, at a Farm Bureau youth group party, after her brother, Herb, introduced them. They married on September 11, 1943. Kenneth passed away on October 12, 1985 after 42 years of marriage. They had 4 children, Bonnie (Dan) Dibble, Jim (Nancy) Morrow, Pam (Ron) Jarzabkowski and Terry Morrow who were all raised on the Morrow family farm on Baker Road. Laura had six grandchildren, Jeana (Mike) Mueller, Vicki (Scott) Norris, Michael (Aeryc) Morrow, Michelle (Amy) Morrow, Tammy (Richard) Estalella and Jeff (Becky) Jarzabkowski; seven great-grandchildren, Katie, Rebecca, Johnathon, Dalton, Dylan, Jeff, Jr. and Alec; a brother-in-law, Russ Morrow; several nieces and nephews and close family friends, Dick and Chris Parent. Her son, Terry, predeceased her in 2008. Laura was a waitress for many years, starting in 1949 waiting tables at Ramond’s, Richie’s Drive-In, Pic-Nic and Chris’s High Life, the Exit in Birch Run and finally retiring from Render’s Restaurant in 1983. Our biggest treat was every weekend mom would let us sort out and roll her tip money for her. In addition to her day job she also worked banquets at the Candlelite Banquet Center on the weekends. Laura was always cooking and baking. She was well known for her chocolate chip cookies and whenever there was a birthday, the call went out to granny for a favorite birthday care. She always had a garden and supplies the family with freezer vegetables, strawberry jam and freezer berries that made the best strawberry shortcake that was ever tasted. Another of Laura’s passions was her family. She not only helped raise her grandchildren, but was the best babysitter her great-grandchildren could ever have asked for. Her grandkids and great grands were truly the light of her life. God blessed her with incredible genes and a loving family and loyal friends that keep her days busy and full of challenges. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at W. L. Case and Company, 5700 Dixie Highway. Sr. Margo Tafoya will officiate with burial in Oakgrove Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the chapel Wednesday from 2:00-8:00 p. m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to Bridgeport Community Church or the American Heart Association. www.casefuneralhome.com