Misty Retha Morton, 42, of Jackson, passed away unexpectedlly on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at her home in Jackson.

She was born August 19, 1974, in Cape Girardeau, to Ralph and Retha Volz Morton. She was a 1992 graduate of Jackson High School, and was employed at Modern Woodmen in Jackson.

She was member of First Baptist Church in Millersville, Missouri.  She was a faithful Christian and had a special gift for witnessing and ministering to children and youth.

Loving survivors include her parents, Ralph and Retha Morton of Jackson; three siblings, Darlene (Noel) Jordan of Owensboro, Kentucky, Tammy (Andy) Stephens of Wingo, Kentucky, and Rusty (Kristy) Morton of Gardner, Kansas.

Misty was a proud and loving aunt to Lauren (Tyler) Hundley, Austin Stephens, Allison Morton, and Logan Stephens.  She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins; and dear friends, Brenda Houchins and Kelly Darby.

Visitation is Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 11 a.m. to service time, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral is Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home, with the Revs. Bob Houchins, Don Estes, and Wavis Jordan officiating.

Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis or Samaritan’s Purse (specifically for Operation Christmas Child).

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19 Comments
  1. Gaye Laird

    Ralph, Retha and family, I am so terribly sorry to learn of Misty’s passing. Please know you are all in my prayers.

  2. Lisa (Shirley) Hammond

    I don’t have words to tell you how saddened I am by your loss. I will always remember Misty laughing, smiling. Her eyes smiled as brightly as her mouth.

    May the strength of her relationship with Jesus bring you comfort. My prayers are with your family.

  3. Vicki Schuette

    Ralph, Retha, and family,
    Thinking and praying for you! Praying for God’s comfort to surround you and sustain you.
    Misty will truly be missed!
    Love you,
    Jim and Vicki Schuette

  4. Sabdy Welker

    To the family of Misty, I am so terribly sorry for your great loss. Misty was such an AMAZING young lady who meant the world to me. She always had that smile no matter what and was a ray of sunshine that always brightened my day!!! I am sure going to miss my dear friend. Prayers for comfort and strength to all of you along with my deepest sympathy and love

  5. Theresa & Larry Payne

    Prayers lifted high for you all Darlene and Noel Jordan

  6. Bob Kembel

    Ralph and Retha we were so shocked and saddened to hear about Misty. Our lives were touched by having known her she was a very special person. Our thought and prayers are with you guys and your family.

  7. Kristi King

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I went to school with Misty and always enjoyed running in to her around town. God’s light truly showed through her. I pray peace and comfort over your family in this difficult time. God bless you.

  8. Joy Lewis Whitsel

    I have fond memories of joining Misty in youth group activities and youth choir at Jackson FBC. She will be missed.

  9. Brenda McQuay Seal

    Ralph and Retha, my heart is breaking for you. Misty will always be remembered for that beautiful smile and generous giving spirit. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  10. Vella (smith) Friedman

    Ralph and Retha and family. I am so sorry to hear of Misty’s passing. Please know my prayers are with your family.

  11. Vella (smith) friedman

    Ralph and Retha and family. I was so saddened to hear of Mistys passing. Please know we are lifting your family up in prayer.

  12. Oooh Misty, I imagine you now sitting on a hillside in Heaven reading stories to the children surrounding you on every side….we love you!! Although you are already missed immensely, I know you are among wonderful company!!

    Ralph and Retha,
    You are loved and we are praying. I’m sincerely sorry for your loss and the pain that accompanies, hang in there!!

  13. Sarah Wilson

    Retha and Ralph,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Misty was such a light, she truly radiated the love of Jesus. I have so many wonderful memories of youth group choir and she and Aric Beckham playing practical jokes on Craig Stout! She will be greatly missed.
    Sarah Jones Wilson

  14. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this loss. Ralph, Retha and family, you all will forever in our hearts. May God hold you in His loving arms until you are together again.

  15. Craig & Jane Stout

    At times like these we are at a loss for words. We are saddened at the loss of a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Then, we rejoice at God’s Word which reads “absent from the body, present with the Lord.”
    I watched Misty grow in Christ as a teenager. Then, with the benefit of social media I watched the teenager become a woman of Christ. I rejoiced at getting to see her again after our paths had separated. I will miss seeing the smile that went all the way across her face.
    I am so thankful for the gift of Misty’s life. I am thankful she allowed God to use her to touch the many lives which crossed her path. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Craig and Jane Stout

  16. Kelly King

    I am so very sorry to hear of Misty’s passing. What a remarkable Christ centered and loving woman! I remember her from church at FBC Jackson growing up with Tammy and Darlene. I pray for peace and comfort to you all. Love and hugs to you!

  17. Courtney McQuade

    I am so sorry Ralph and Retha. May God’s peace, that surpasses all understanding, surround you.

  18. Beverly Prater

    I am so sorry to hear of Misty’s passing. I will always remember the time we had together at FBC Jackson back in the day. I know now Misty is rejoicing in heaven! Praying for all of you during this time!

    Beverly Marks Prater

  19. willa J. Cook

    Ralph, Retha,
    I was so sorry to read of Misty’s passing. This is such a sad time and I want to express my deepest sympathy.

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