LaVelle Moritz

LaVelle Moritz, 76, of Windsor, Missouri, died Sunday evening, January 7, 2018, at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.

She was born January 19, 1941, in Sweden, Mo., the daughter of George Edward Gourley and Edith Lorene (Workman) Gourley. On May 26, 1962, in Mountain Grove, Mo., she married Francis Leland Moritz and they shared almost 56 years of marriage together.

LaVelle learned to cook at an early age, winning a prized electric skillet as a senior in high school. She cooked many meals for her family with this skillet. While her daughters were young, she was a homemaker. From 1987-1996 she worked as a cook at the Windsor Elementary School. She then returned home and enjoyed keeping grandchildren and liked to paint and draw. She was a member of the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and the Altar Society of the church.

In addition to her husband Francis of the home, survivors include 2 daughters, Deneen Girgin and her husband Aydi, and Melissa “Missy” Moritz, all of Windsor; 2 granddaughters, Ashley Girgin and Autumn Girgin, both of Springfield, Mo.; 2 brothers-in-law, John Moritz and his wife Wanda, Ozark, Mo., and Philip Moritz and his wife Linda, Ashland, Mo.; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and all 6 siblings, being the last living member of the Gourley family. She was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law Twila Sue Lawson and her husband Dale.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018, at the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Windsor, with Father Jim Taranto officiating. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.