Mildred Maxine (Polly) Morthland, 95, of Monroe City, Missouri, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013. She was born July 28, 1917, in Warren Township, Marion County, Missouri, the daughter of John C. and Maurine Mildred Clough Burditt.
She was a graduate of Monroe City High School, Monroe City, Missouri. After graduating, Polly went to work for Hawkins Grocery in Monroe City. She worked there for a few years and then worked in the ACS office at the Marion County Courthouse in Palmyra, Missouri. She then taught school at the Stone School in rural Marion County for three years. After marrying her husband, they eventually moved to Kansas City for a period before World War II. During World War II, while her husband was overseas in the Army Air Corps, she lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. While there she worked at Mikelsons Department Store. After the war, she and her husband returned to Kansas City. She managed the apartment building where she and her husband lived. It was at this time that their daughter Marilyn was born. They returned to Monroe City in 1951 where their son, John, was born. Polly went to work at Kuhlman Die Casting in 1955 as a secretary and was employed at that business until her retirement in 1981.
Although baptized at the Warren Baptist Church in Warren, Missouri, Polly was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Monroe City. She was a board member of Learning Opportunities, Inc. of Monroe City and the Monroe City Manor.
Polly was an avid follower of athletic events. She was an avid Booster in her younger years of all Monroe City High School athletic events. She followed the achievement, both atheletic and academic, of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with interest. She was a life long University of Missouri Tiger fan. Polly was very proud of her family, both those Burditt and Clough relatives who preceded her as well as her children and grandchildren. She was especially close to her grandson, Andrew Morthland, who is developmentally disabled.
She married Morrison Hibbert Morthland, April 3, 1938. He passed away October 8, 1974. Survivors include: one daughter, Marilyn A. Ragan, Bismark, North Dakota; one son: John B. Morthland and wife Corliss, Hannibal, Missouri; six grandchildren: Allyson M. Morthland, Andrew B. Morthland, Geoffrey C. Morthland and wife Sara, Jennifer A. Kuntson and husband Derek, Matthew Ragan and wife Michelle, Bradley Ragan and wife Martha; seven great-grandchildren: Emily and Connor Kuntson, Trevor, Katie, Hunter, Kobee and Keegan Ragan. Also survived by a very special niece Betty Peters and husband Norbert and their daughter Lee Ann Peters. Also survived by a nephew and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother John C. Burditt, and one son-in-law, James E. Ragan.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the First Baptist Church, Monroe City, Missouri, Rev. Milton Baumgardner will officiate, burial from the St. Jude Cemetery, Monroe City, Missouri. Visitation will be from 5 till 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Garner Funeral Home, Monroe City, Missouri.
Pallbearers will be Geoffrey Morthland, Bradley Morthland, Matthew Ragan, Derek Kuntson, Norbert Peters and Jesse Ewert.
Memorials have been suggested to the Monroe City First Baptist Church, Monroe City Nutriton Center or the Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri. Online condolences can be made at