Marianne B. Morris, 81, of Mt. Vernon passed away Monday, August 6, with her family by her side. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 10, at Fletcher Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.
Marianne Bethel (Davis) Morris was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on September 9, 1936, to Jacob and Annice Davis. The family moved around a lot while she was growing up. She lived in Indiana, Illinois, Arizona and Missouri. She graduated from Ava Missouri High School in 1954.
She met Charles Morris in Ava, Missouri, and they were married in 1955. Their first two children were born in Missouri. Then they moved to Oregon and fell in love with Grant County. Four more daughters joined the family. Marianne was a full-time housewife until 1982 when she started working as a security guard, first at Mt. Vernon Peeler Mill, then Malheur Lumber Co. until she retired in 2007.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters and two infant great-granddaughters.
She is survived by her children, Laura Christman, Tim (Donna) Morris, Susan (Pete) DeRoiser, Pam (Jeff) Cherry, Julie (Bruce) Barlow and Evelyn Arnett; brothers Allan Davis, Jacob Davis and Ray Davis; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; cousins; and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation or the American Diabetes Association through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. To offer condolences to her family, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.