April 4, 1956 – March 9, 2016
Paula Kinsey Morse died on March 9, 2016, in Whitehall, Mont., surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born on April 4, 1956, to Sylvia and Chester Kinsey in Kalispell. At that time, her father was working on the Hungry Horse Dam. In the following years, her family moved all across Montana and finally settled in the Helena Valley.
In April of 1976, she married into the Morse family in Helena. She spent the next 25 years living in Denton, Mont., raising her two sons. Always a gifted artist, she took up pottery making.
In 2001, Paula moved to Whitehall, where she worked from her home making pottery and providing childcare for many area children. She became a foster parent and provided a loving home to four children over the years.
Never tall in life she responded to a higher calling in 2007 and began her new life as pastor in Wyoming at the Lovell and Deaver United Methodist churches. Every summer she traveled from Wyoming to California to attend courses at Claremont School of Theology. In 2013, she completed a study for licensed local pastors of the United Methodist Church.
She then moved to Clark Fork, Idaho, in 2014 and continued following her calling at the Clark Fork as well as Heron and Noxon, Mont., Methodist churches. She resided in Idaho for just over a year, then she moved back to Whitehall in late 2015 to be closer to her sons. She touched countless lives through her ministry.
Paula is survived by her two sons Jeffery (Cheryl) and Dustin (Summer) Morse; grandchildren Mathew, Liberty, Ryker and Henry; siblings Deva (Glen) Trebas, Nona (Bruce) Patterson, Mary Kinsey (Curtis Stanghill) and Edward (Connie) Kinsey; her beloved aunt Dodie Ridenour, Doris Romanisko and many members of the Morse family.
A special thanks to Mary Kinsey, Karen Rae, Karen Disney, Sue DeBree, Susan Adams-Trembath, Susan Bohannon Jones, Curtis Stanghill and Bridget Morse for caring for Paula during her final days. Additional thanks goes to all those who contacted Paula in her final days and to those who kept her in their thoughts.
Paula asked that memorials be made to local small Methodist churches or to the family to be distributed among the churches that she so deeply loved.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Friday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at the Whitehall Trinity United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be held prior to the services at 11 a.m. at the Whitehall Cemetery.
Having a deep love of music, Paula’s wishes include a desire to have music after the service. Therefore, everyone, both professional and amateur, is encouraged to bring an instrument and share his or her talent.
The Methodist Church in Heron will be holding a Celebration of Pastor Paula’s life on Thursday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a potluck.
To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101