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Etta Mae Morris

Etta Mae Morris went to her heavenly home Saturday morning, September 27, 2014 from Arbor Place Memory Care Facility in Medford. She was 89. She requested no funeral services, but family members and friends will gather at 3:00 p.m. Saturday October 11, 2014 at Phoenix Presbyterian Church, 121 2nd Street, for a celebration of her life.

Etta Mae was born in Hamer, Idaho August 16, 1925, one of eight children of Weston and Agnes Barnes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 2010; by her mother and father; six brothers, George, Wes, Jack, Bub, Tommy, and Gale; her youngest son, Gene Weston in 1953; a nephew Larry Barnes and niece Echo Tanner.

Etta Mae grew up in Hamer where she worked on her parents' homestead and graduated in Hamer's one-room school house. She fondly referred to these times as some of the best of her life. After WWII ended, Etta Mae married Clarence Morris in Missoula, Mont. August 24, 1945. They moved to Oregon in 1946 where she was employed for many years as the food service manager of the old F.W. Woolworth fountain. She later became the manager of the old J.J. Newberry fountain in downtown Medford and later at its location in the Medford Center. She finally became a cook for the Medford and Phoenix-Talent school districts from which she retired in her 60s.

Throughout the 70 years that she lived in Phoenix, she enjoyed helping her husband, Clarence, build numerous houses there and raise many vegetable gardens together. Etta Mae also enjoyed sewing and making quilts for her beloved family members. She was an avid cook and baker as she always cherished the many gatherings of family and friends. Her hobbies also included a large record collection that spanned many decades.

Etta Mae is survived by her daughter, Nellie Kay (David) of Phoenix; son, Paul Morris (Janet) of Graham, Wash; five grandchildren, Brian (Sally) Hansen, Todd (Melissa) Hansen, Tammy (Mark) Hidde, Paul Jr. (Sally) Morris, Brad (Lisa) Beach; 14 great-grandchildren, Dustin (Sara) Sharpe, Ashley, Kayle (Bill) Knouse, Felisha, Whitney, Jesse, Timothy, Madison, Brooke, Chase, Kaelyn, Jacob, Kyan, and Andrew; six great-great-grandchildren, Sydney, Liam, Jayden, Lilly, Ashton, and Daphne Mae (named for her great-great-granny Mae); nieces and nephews, Teresa (Phillip) Keplinger, Cassie, Duane (Cindy) Sinks, Linda (Del), Darrell, Mae, Timothy (Kathy), John (Annette), Weston (Jackie), Thomas (Joy), Dominic, Judy, and Marlena; sister, Jennie Sinks and sisters-in-law Frances Barnes and Frankie Barnes Bailey.

Your family is so very happy to know that you are now with your beloved husband of 65 years, Clarence and your little boy Gene. What a joyous moment when you entered the gates of Heaven! Our hearts ache because you have left us, but we know as each of us makes that journey, we will join you once again. You touched our lives with your precious love and you will stay forever in our hearts.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to rend and a time to sew" Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7

Since we will have all the time we need in Heaven, you can teach all of us how to sew quilts while listening to your country music. Hugs and kisses "Granny Mae".

Etta Mae Morris