Iris Morgan has many reasons to call Muskogee home.
The main reason could be the family she didn’t know she had until she was in her 40s.
Morgan, 69, grew up in Oklahoma City and California with her adopted family.
Her mother was very young when she gave birth to Morgan.
When Morgan found her birth mother as an adult, she was welcomed into a whole new family. She lived in Muskogee for a few years after meeting the new family, then returned to California. In 2005, she came to Muskogee to stay.
“I feel rooted here,” she said. “I lived in Sacramento for 30 to 40 years. It just wasn’t home. When I came back and found my mom, it was like finding that missing piece.”
Morgan lives with a friend in a house that brims with collectibles and garage sale items. Shelves at the front door hold Morgan’s collection of Painted Ponies. She has a dining room table, chairs and hutch that she bought for $300 — “next to nothing,” she said.
She also tends to a spacious yard.
“I’m happiest here when I am on the John Deere mowing,” she said. “When I lived out in the country, I used to brush hog.”
Morgan has held several jobs since her move back to Muskogee. She was a night-time house parent at the Murrow Home.
“Those kids were there not because of something they did. They were there because of family situations,” she said.
She now is the manager of Eufaula Monument. She said she feels that with this job, she’s helping people.
“I’ve lost a lot of people in my life,” she said. “And I understand what they are going through.”
Meet Iris Morgan
CAREER: Retired after 34 years at AT&T; currently manager of Eufaula Monument.
EDUCATION: Graduated high school, Chico, Calif., 1962; One year at Chico State College.
FAMILY: Son, Mike Thrall, two granddaughters.
CHURCH: Grace Episcopal.
HOBBIES: Golf, fishing, going to garage sales.