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Ethelyn L. (Plescher) Morningstar

February 29, 1924 ~ July 26, 2020 (age 96)


Ethelyn Morningstar, age 96, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 at home.  She was born February 29, 1924 in Hart, the daughter of Garrett and Rose (Ingalls) Plescher.

Ethelyn was raised in the Hesperia area.  She moved to Shelby at the beginning of high school and graduated from Shelby High School with the Class of 1943.  Ethelyn worked as a “Rosey the Riveter” in Whitehall contributing to the war effort after high school. 

She was talented in the arts, as a poet, artist and storyteller.  She also was a seamstress and upholsterer.  She enjoyed her flower garden, arranging flowers and making wreathes.  She was employed at the Shelby Department Store for many years.  She and Pat enjoyed traveling to Europe, Australia, Argentina and Thailand to visit their daughter Patricia when she was living abroad.  

She married Patrick Morningstar on December 26, 1943.  She was a founding member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shelby.  Patrick preceded her in death on May 16, 2018.

She is survived by her daughters, Penny Morningstar-Butler and husband, Robert Butler, Michele Morningstar, Robin Morningstar and Patricia Mahn and husband, Mark Mahn; grandchildren, Joseph Brigham, Jeff Brigham, Stephanie (Todd) Godfrey, Danielle Forbear, Travis (Rebecca) Forbear, Terrah (Kevin) Schmieding, Celeste (Chris) Jablonski, Molly Morningstar-Bertrand and husband, Matthew Bertrand, Zachary Downer (and Amanda), Mark Adam (Cheryl) Mahn, Dominic Mahn and Steven Mahn; and nine great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, Ethelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Edith Mead and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 30th, 10 am until the Funeral Mass at 11 am at St. James Catholic Church in Montague with Father Peter Omogo as Celebrant.  Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Shelby.  Please consider one of Ethelyn’s favorite charities as a memorial: St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959.

There will also be a life celebration for Ethelyn at a later date after COVID restrictions are lifted.  

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ethelyn L. (Plescher) Morningstar, please visit our floral store.


July 30, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. James Catholic Church (Montague)

Funeral Mass
July 30, 2020

11:00 AM
St. James Catholic Church (Montague)

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