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Coworkers, classmates gather to remember Morros

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — Millicent Morros will posthumously receive her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership in April, Goshen College President Jim Brenneman announced Monday, March 11, at a memorial service for Morros.

“(The announcement) brought many tears for us as her classmates,” said Kent Miller, a student in Morros’ class. “We were hoping.”

About 75 friends, family, classmates and coworkers met Monday at the Newcomer Center on the Goshen College campus to remember and celebrate Morros’ life. She was shot and killed in downtown Goshen by Eric Haitsma, her ex-boyfriend, on her way to work on March 4.

Miller said the class, which has studied together for 18 months, will wear pink flowers at its April 28 commencement to honor Morros.

“She was a huge fan of the color pink even though she was a tomboy,” Miller said.

“It struck me how people from the class portrayed her,” Bodie Stegelmann, an attorney at Yoder, Ainlay, Ulmer and Buckingham said. “I could nod and say, ‘That was Millicent.’”

Morros worked as Stegelmann’s secretary for two and a half years before being promoted to an estate paralegal position.

Brenneman said Morros was a passionate learner and volunteered for local organizations from nursing homes to reading programs at elementary schools.

“She didn’t just volunteer, she gave her life,” Stegelmann said. “She was so proud of the little boy she read with and would tell me about the strides he was making.”

Stegelmann and Miller said Morros was direct, positive and always looking to learn something new.

In class, she made an effort to make new students feel welcome in the close-knit group of around 18 students, Miller said.

“If there was something she hadn’t worked on before, she said, ‘Let me do it so I know how,’” Stegelmann said. “She was pleasant and engaging and asked questions about how you were doing.”

Morros’ Goshen College class and coworkers are discussing possible memorials for her, such as planting a tree or establishing a scholarship fund.

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