Hanora “Dodie” Marie Morin (Gates)
February 14, 1933 – March 13, 2023
Hanora died peacefully surrounded by loved ones in San Jose, CA after a brief illness.
Hanora was born on a cold winter’s night in the south upstairs bedroom of the family farmstead just southwest of Loraine, North Dakota to Francis and Teresa Gates. She graduated from Mohall High School in 1951 and continued her education at Bottineau School of Forestry. Although she loved Forestry, she found her true passion was children, so she transferred to Minot Teachers College to pursue her dream of teaching elementary school.
On July 23, 1955, Hanora married Raymond Morin at St. Jerome Church in Mohall, North Dakota. They went on to have four children, all boys. The family eventually migrated and settled in San Jose, CA where Hanora finished her schooling and graduated from San Jose State University with a teaching degree. She went on to teach at Saint Catherine Catholic School in Morgan Hill for 20 years.
Upon retiring, Hanora would visit North Dakota often and cherished every trip. She also loved attending her grandchildren’s, and later her great grandchildren’s, events. Another place you could surely find her was at her church, Church of the Transfiguration, in San Jose where she was a devoted daily volunteer. The highlight of her service at Transfiguration was their annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance, an event her family looked forward to each year.
Hanora was proceeded in death by two brothers, two sisters, husband, Raymond, and son, Daniel. She is survived by three sons, Michael (Liana), Peter (Elizabeth) and Frank Patrick, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Her door (and refrigerator!) were always open for guests, friends and, of course, family. She will be missed greatly.
Please join us on Friday, April 28, 2023 at Church of the Transfiguration (4325 Jarvis Avenue) for services. Rosary will begin at 1:00pm followed by mass at 1:30pm and reception from 2:45 – 4:45pm at Mt. Tabor Hall. We look forward to sharing stories with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.