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Martha Vivian Morris enjoyed spending time with her family

Friday, May 11, 2012 | 3:51 p.m. CDT; updated 3:56 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 12, 2012

COLUMBIA – Martha Vivian Morris worked as a telephone operator for General Telephone for more than ten years. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, traveling with her family and canning homegrown vegetables.

Martha Vivian Morris of Ballwin, formerly of Columbia, died Thursday, May 10. She was 83 years old.

She was born Nov. 23, 1928, in Sturgeon to Mayer and Louisa Brink.

Mrs. Morris was the youngest of five children and was a star guard on the Sturgeon High School Bulldogs basketball team before she graduated in 1947.

She married James "Blackie" Morris, Jr. in Columbia on December 24, 1949.

Mrs. Morris is survived 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; and grandchildren, Cliff Smith of Ballwin; Haden M. Smith and his fiancee, Sophie Zavaglia, of St. Louis; Tim Morris of Fulton; and Haden Morris of Centralia. She also has two great-grandchildren. 

Her husband, parents, sister Kathreen Taylor and three brothers, Herschel, Wilbert and Harold Brink died earlier. 

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 West.

Memorial contributions can be made to Barnes-Jewish Hospice, 1 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63110. Tributes can be posted at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.


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