“There is a deepness to her soul.” This is what Lisa’s mother shared with me two days before Lisa’s death.
Lisa Morgan died on Saturday, May 15, 2021, after her 9-month journey with stage 4 metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. She was 53 years old.
I wish there were a different word than love to adequately describe the emotional intimacy, complete trust, and healing we shared in our over 20-year partnership and marriage. The greatest gift we gave one another was unconditional love and full acceptance of our authentic selves, which brought out the best versions of ourselves.
Lisa loved her three sons unconditionally. Being a mom was her greatest aspiration. She profoundly influenced family and friends by emulating pure acceptance and love for her children. In her presence, people felt understood and loved. She had a comforting soul that made people feel at home.
“Mom’s love for my brothers and me was absolute. It flowed through us all, an unyielding force of unconditional acceptance. Her spirit thrives within us, always there to remind us of the love that exists so powerfully between us. It was a gift to be my mom’s son. One that will continue to move me forward in the direction of love.”
“The words that come to mind when describing Lisa are warm, quiet, generous, vulnerable truth. In sitting with that, I can’t point to any specific memory. It’s just the way she was. The time I spent with her, with both Lisa and Mary - so much of it has always been heart time. What I shared with Lisa and Mary together permeates my being. The memories of sitting together and talking and connecting, they all kind of bleed together, and I carry the meaning, that relationship with me everywhere I go, all the time.”
Lisa was courageous, elegant, intelligent, warm, gentle - simply a beautiful bright Light to all who knew her. Introverted, Lisa lovingly touched lives in a quiet, graceful way. She was grace amplified. She loved the mountains, trees, hiking, meditation, our pet companions and enjoyed living a healthy and holistic lifestyle.
“I associated lotus flowers with Lisa. Lotus will root themselves in mud and travel through water to emerge as these beautiful flowers. It honestly makes me think of Lisa. Rooting herself in the mud with all of these events in her life. All of these hardships. She traveled through the water with her wife and emerged as this beautiful flower. A flower that is symbolic of rebirth. I really truly feel that this is Lisa’s rebirth into a being that is pure warmth and light, and into a being that can fully receive the unconditional love that she has provided for so many people and pets.”
Lisa was the cherished wife of Mary Morgan and the loving mother of Reese (Ashleigh), Ethan (Rachel), and Avery. She was the treasured daughter of Carol (Jack), sister of Sondra (Dave), step-sister of Elizabeth, and aunt of Megan (Matt), Haley, Dana (Rob), Drew (Ellen), and survived by other relatives and friends.
Lisa was preceded in death by father Mike, grandparents Clarence and Gay, Ken and Mary, step-brother Jeff, and other extended family.
Our family sends the most profound heartfelt appreciation to Loren Uecker, our end-of-life midwife, who was phenomenal in providing emotional and spiritual guidance and support as we navigated Lisa’s cancer journey with her. Loren helped create a sacred space for my wife’s transition and be cared for in the home. She lovingly held the space for all of our fears, deep sadness, and grief during the last week of Lisa’s life and was instrumental in Lisa’s peaceful transition.
May the long time sun
Shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light
Guide your way on
Lisa adored, cherished, and loved trees. There is no greater way to celebrate Lisa’s life than through planting a tree or a grove of trees in her honor.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” - John Muir
Instead of flowers, please plant a tree in memory of Lisa Morgan through A Living Tribute: Plant a Tree in Someone's Memory & Restore a Community and select a community restoration effort in one of these three areas near and dear to Lisa’s heart:
Mailing address for a commemorative or memorial card in Lisa's name may be sent to: In Memoriam, 7290 W. 119th Place, Broomfield, CO 80020.
A private ceremony for Lisa’s immediate family will take place later this summer where they will hike in the Colorado mountains and spread her ashes near one of her most memorable hikes.
A Living Tribute
Colorado State Forests (Wildfire tree recovery)
Colorado - Boulder (Wildfire & invasive insect tree recovery)
Texas - Bastrop State Park (Loblolly pine tree recovery) or any forest/park area that resonates with you