Obituary-Barbara A. Morphew


Barbara A. Morphew, 92, of Cordova, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at Hope Creek Nursing and Rehab in East Moline.
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Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Port Byron. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the Cordova Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to Don, her husband of 64 years. Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church. Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Barbara was born July 10, 1931 in Sterling, IL to Louis and Aleda (Anderson) Sandrock. She graduated from Prophetstown (IL) High School with the class of 1949. She married Donald Morphew on August 9, 1953. Together they farmed in Whiteside and Rock Island Counties where she took care of the home and managed the books until 1979. After retiring from farming, Barbara worked as the receptionist and bookkeeper for Glade Dentistry in Port Byron for 15 years where she made countless friends and acquaintances.

Barb was famous for her Halloween Caramel Corn where she would spend two days preparing and bagging over 100 individual treats for neighborhood children. She did this for so many years that parents bringing their children would comment on how they had received the caramel corn as children.

She continued the Sandrock tradition of making Spud Nuts (potato-based donuts), spending time cooking with grandchildren and passing the recipe down to future generations.

Barb was known as quite the storyteller. One story she told was of “Wash Day” growing up on the farm. On wash day, Grandma Sandrock would carry the laundry out to the wash house outside the house to the south. She would heat the water from the boiler and fill the tubs. First to be washed were the sheets and bedding, next would be their underwear, followed by their regular clothes and lastly their chore clothes. Starting with the cleanest clothes and ending with the dirtiest. The clothes were transferred from the wash tub to the first of two rinse tubs, then the second rinse tub, then run through the ringer before being hung up on the clothesline on the west side of the house. She was also fond of telling of her time working as a telephone operator in the days of the switchboards when she had to memorize a lot of the phone numbers.

She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, and a loyal follower of local Riverdale sports. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church since 1964 where she was involved with the WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church America) and loved telling stories of making potato soup for Maundy Thursday supper.

Barbara is survived by her children, Jim (Karen) Morphew, Casa Grande, AZ, Jerry (Pam) Morphew, East Peoria, IL, and Johanne (Jim “Tazz”) Hines, Cordova, IL; grandchildren, Brent Richardson, Chrissy (D’Wayne) Walter, Jennifer Morphew (Cesar Ramirez-Fuentes), Jacki Morphew, Jonah (Joanna) Sallows-Hines, Ashley Hines; great grandchildren, Tristan Winters, Cecilia Sallows-Hines, Gabriel Morphew; and a great-great granddaughter, Hazel Winters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and her siblings Burdette Sandrock, and Betty Lou (Sandrock) Olsen.

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