Mary Catherine Drey was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Early, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Lucey) Drey. She was baptized and later confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early. Her education began at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Early, where she graduated with the class of 1938.
On Nov. 18, 1946, Mary was united in marriage to Frances Walter Morgan at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early. They were blessed with nine children: Dan, Shane, Marilee, Pat, Joe, Laurie, Tim, Cathy and Rob. Having been a life-long and devoted member of the catholic faith, Mary served in the Catholic Daughter's of the Americas. She was a member of Has Beens Nursing Group. Above all else, Mary loved her family. She took great pride in entertaining them at her table, where she was often heard saying, "there is always a place at the table, what is one more." Her love of cooking was one of her many gifts to her children and grandchildren.
Those who will cherish Mary's memory are her children: Dan (Kathy) Morgan of Corning; Shane (Mary) Morgan of LeMars; Marilee (Allen) Tayler of Decorah; Pat (Donna) Morgan of Storm Lake; Joe Morgan of Ferguson, Missouri; Laurie (Chuck) Tucker of Alachua, Fla.; Tim Morgan of New Orleans, La.; Cathy (Russ) Babe of Schleswig, ; Rob (Lisa) Morgan of Schofield, Wis.; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Smith of Lake View; other extended family and many friends.
Preceding Mary in death are her parents; her husband; four sisters; and one brother.