Irene A. Morris, most recently of Edmond, OK, and previous long-term resident of Ulysses, KS, died Thursday, October 31, 2013, in Edmond. Her home-going was peaceful, and her family rejoices in knowing that she has exchanged her temporary earthly residence for her eternal heavenly one and is now with the Savior she loves.
Irene was born near Moscow, KS, on November 22, 1925, to McHenry (Mack) Wilson Brewer and Jessie Adeline Brewer (Thornhill). Irene was the fourth of Mack and Jessie’s five children. Her brother, Morton, and sisters Marie and Doris are deceased. The youngest, Mary Lou Edmondson, and husband, Kenneth, live in Bolivar, MO.
Irene attended school in Moscow until her family moved to Hugoton just prior to her senior year in high school where she received her high school degree. It was there that she met her future husband, Lyle F. Morris. They were married during WWII in February 1945 near the Norfolk, VA, Naval Base where Lyle was stationed at the time.
This marriage produced four children: Linda C. Cheek and husband, Gary, of Wamego, KS; Rodney (Rod) L. Morris and wife, Deanne, of Eugene, OR; Robert (Bob) D. Morris and wife, Jacque, of Cassville, MO; and Donald (Don) W. Morris and wife, Janna, of Edmond, OK. She leaves behind 10 well-loved grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Irene was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother (“Ma”), and great-grandmother (“Ma Great”), giving of herself for the benefit of her family. She worked very hard as a farmer’s wife. She and Lyle were faithful members of the United Methodist Church in Ulysses during almost all of their 44 years of marriage until his death in 1989. Irene continued to serve in the church until she moved to Edmond in 2009. She was a consistent student of God’s Word and taught Sunday school and led young women’s Bible studies for many years. Many women continue to hold a special place in their heart for her investment in their lives. Irene was known by all as a gentle, kind, serving, industrious, and godly woman.
Irene loved to decorate, and she organized elaborate decorations for many community events, local women’s club events, and served as the wedding decoration coordinator for the United Methodist Church for many years. She had a real gift for decorative detail.
Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Ulysses, KS, on Monday, November 4, at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Janet Hernandez officiating. Interment and graveside service will follow at the Ulysses Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of two ministry organizations that are dear to Irene: Mission USA, 17005 Granite PL, Edmond, OK 73012; and Convoy of Hope, PO Box 219368, Kansas City, MO 64121-7246.
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