Martha Vivian Morris, Nov. 23, 1928 - May 10, 2012, formerly of Columbia

Courtesy of Memorial Funeral Home
Friday, May 11, 2012 | 11:10 a.m. CDT; updated 11:58 a.m. CDT, Friday, May 11, 2012
Martha Morris, formerly of Columbia, passed away May 10, 2012, at the age of 83.

Martha Vivian Morris, age 83, of Ballwin and formerly of Columbia, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2012 in Ballwin. She was born on November 23, 1928 in Sturgeon to her parents, Mayer and Louisa Brink.

Martha was the youngest of 5. She married James "Blackie" Morris, Jr. in Columbia on Dec. 24, 1949. They had 3 children. He preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 1996. She attended Sturgeon High School and graduated in 1947. She was a longtime resident of Columbia, before moving to the St. Louis area in 2001.  She was employed by General Telephone as a operator for over 10 years. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, canning homegrown vegetables and traveling with her children and grandchildren. She was a star guard on the Sturgeon High School Bulldogs basketball team.  

Martha will be remembered by her children; Kathy Smith and her husband Haden of Ballwin; James Morris and his wife; Courtney of Grain Valley; and Tim Morris and his wife, Pamela of Centralia. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Cliff Smith of Ballwin, Haden M. Smith and his fiancé Sophie Zavaglia of St. Louis; Jay Morris and his wife Marcia of Kansas City; Becky Morris of Independence; Tim Morris of Fulton and Haden Morris of Centralia. She also has two great grandchildren.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Mayer and Louisa Brink; her sister, Kathreen Taylor; and her brothers Herschel, Wilbert and Harold Brink.

Martha's family would like to thank BJC Hospice, and especially Peg and Debbie for their love and support through the last few weeks of her life.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Graveside Service for Martha at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  

Please make donations in Martha's memory to Barnes Jewish Hospice.

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