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Kristi Morley

May 5, 1968-Nov. 30, 2008

Former Detroit Lakes resident Kristi Morley, 40, of Mahnomen, died on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at the Mahnomen Health Center.

Kristi LaRae Warren was born May 5, 1968 in Detroit Lakes. She spent her first five years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, before moving to Minneapolis. She attended St. Albert Catholic School and later graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis.

Following high school, Kristi and James Longfield together had three children: James, Anthony and Stephanie. Kristi later moved to Detroit Lakes and attended Northwest Technical College. After studying chef training, she graduated in 1989. In 1994, Kristi met Michael Morley. Together they made their home in Detroit Lakes, where they raised their son, Erik, daughter, Pamela and twin sons, Dana and Dava. In 1995, they moved to White Earth, where they lived until moving to Waubun in 1997.

Kristi worked for several years at the Shooting Star Casino, in the housekeeping department. Michael and Kristi were married on May 8, 1999 in Mahnomen, where they purchased a home in October of that year. They continued to make their home in Mahnomen with their children.

Kristi truly treasured her family, especially her children and grandchildren. While keeping busy with seven children, she also kept an immaculate house. She enjoyed reading, cooking, and occasionally playing at the casino. Kristi liked going to pow wows, listening to the traditional music and watching her children dance. She also liked fishing and spending time outdoors.

Kristi is survived by her husband, Michael Morley; seven children, James (Tammy Guenther) Longfield, Anthony Longfield, Stephanie (Luke Wadena) Longfield, Erik Warren, Pamela Morley, Dana Morley and Dava Morley, all of Mahnomen; two granddaughters; her mother, Ivy Ailport of Ogema; three brothers, Dale (Becky) Warren, Marcus (Lisa) Warren and Daniel Warren, all of Ogema; and two sisters, Norma (Francis White) Jacobson of Mahnomen and Jena Ailport of Ogema.

Preceding Kristi in death were her father, John Warren; stepfather, Harry Ailport; sister, Pamela Warren; and niece, Amber Crosby.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the White Earth Community Center, continuing until the start of funeral services on Friday. A Traditional Wake Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the community center.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in White Earth. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in White Earth.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger, Minn. An online guest book is available at