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Lori Sue Derksen (Morgan), a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully in her Fennville, Michigan home on October 14, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on June 5, 1966, in Winter Garden, Florida, Lori was a vivacious spirit known for her love of family, nature, and life's simple pleasures.
A native of Winter Garden, Lori's zest for life was evident from the start. She was the cherished daughter of the late Eddie and Shirley Morgan and the adored sister of Donna Fortier, Kimberly Morgan, Gene Morgan, twins Gail Phillips and Dale Morgan. Her family was a cornerstone of her existence, and she carried their love and teachings throughout her life.
Lori was a devoted mother to her children, Michael Morgan, Kristy Morgan, Thomas Harrell, and Stephanie Harrell (Donte Williams). Her love for them was boundless, and she was their constant source of support and encouragement. Lori's joy multiplied with the birth of her grandchildren, Markus, Joel, Harmonie, Lillianna, and A'Mara, Johnathen, and Allison. She was a doting grandmother, always ready with a warm hug, a listening ear, and a plate of homemade cookies.
Her interests were as diverse and colorful as the gardens she loved to tend. Lori had a passion for being outside in the sunshine and near the water. She loved traveling, exploring new places with a sense of wonder and curiosity that was infectious. Her garden was a riot of colors, a reflection of her vibrant personality. She had a particular fondness for beautiful, colorful flowers, and she spent countless hours tending to them with loving care.
Lori had a soft spot for animals, especially her dogs, Dobbie, Rarity, and Darby. They were her constant companions, always by her side, sharing in her joys and comforting her in times of sorrow. She also had a unique hobby of collecting clowns and lighthouses, a testament to her love for laughter and her guiding light in life.
Lori had a great sense of humor and loved a good laugh. Her laughter was infectious, and she had the unique ability to find joy in the simplest things. Her positive outlook on life was inspiring, and she touched the lives of everyone she met with her warmth and kindness.
In her 57 years, Lori Sue Derksen lived a life full of love, laughter, and beautiful memories. She will be remembered for her radiant smile, her generous heart, and her unwavering love for her family. Her spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those who loved her, and her memories will forever be a source of comfort and strength.
As we say goodbye to Lori, we celebrate her life and the joy she brought into ours. She was a beacon of light in our lives, guiding us with her love and laughter. Her legacy will live on in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.
We will miss Lori dearly, but we take comfort in knowing that she is at peace and that her love will remain with us always. Her life was a testament to the power of love, the beauty of nature, and the joy of laughter. We are grateful for the time we had.
Friends may meet with the family for a visitation at Chappell Funeral Home, 637 West Main St., Fennville, Michigan 49408, on Friday 27, 2023 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM with the service beginning at 2:00 PM. Lori will be laid to rest in Fennville Cemetery immediately following the service.