Jill Catherine Morphew, 63, of New Deal, Texas, and Pueblo West, Colorado, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019. She was born on March 19, 1956, in West Covina, California, to Robert and Marilyn Bishop. She was the answer to years of prayers for a baby sister by her big brother Larry. Larry fulfilled his role of big brother by protecting her from neighborhood bullies and subsequent teenage suiters. Jill was a happy and outgoing child who made friends easily and loved animals, both traits that would carry on through adulthood. Once, Jill disappeared only for her mother to find her petting a wild horse her uncle wouldn’t let anyone near as it couldn’t be tamed. She had a way of making people and animals alike feel comfortable and loved.
Jill’s formative years were spent in Denver, Colorado, where she was an eager student who loved to study languages including Spanish, French, Hebrew, and Greek. She discovered her calling in life when she found Christ as a teenager. Jill dreamed of spreading God’s word across the world, becoming a wife and starting a family. She found a second home in the church where she met Kip who fell in love with her joyful smile and infectious laugh. Jill and Kip were married on October 19, 1976, in Morrison, Colorado, in his parents’ home.
Jill and Kip spent their life together serving others. This began when they were foster parents as newlyweds and continued with the adoption of their own children. Over the years they ministered by opening their home to people who were in need. The Morphew’s home was welcome to all and filled with scripture written in Jill’s beautiful penmanship and the scent of her famous homemade pizza and chicken nuggets.
As a family the Morphews enjoyed 4 wheeling, hiking, and camping in the Colorado Mountains. They later found a love for the northern California coast where Jill would sit for hours watching the whales in the ocean. Whether at home or on visits to the mountains, Jill loved to go on walks where she would sing hymns and pray. Jill was a living example of the fruits of the Spirit: Joy, love, peace, and patience—especially for her children and grandchildren.
It’s been said that Jill never met a stranger. Her fellowship extended to Belgium and beyond. When Jill’s health began to decline, she received thousands of prayers from around the world and was always sustained by her faith. She will be remembered for her kind smile and gentle nature.
Jill is survived by her husband David Kip Morphew; children Rocky Morphew and his wife Crystal, Jennifer Ard and her husband Dean, Branson Morphew, and Zackary Morphew; brother Larry Bishop and his wife Edwina.
She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Marilyn Bishop.
A memorial service for Jill will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 3rd, 2019, at Combest Family Memorial Chapel. Memorials can be sent to Colorado Christian Services.