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Janet Lou Morris, 75, passed away at 11 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2016, at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. She was born in Battle Creek, Mich., on July 18, 1940, the daughter of Allan F. and Mary (Christie) Billington. She married Val E. Morris, and they are the parents of four children Damon, Jim, Patti and John. They lived for several years in California, where she worked for a telephone company and Security 1st Bank in Montrose. In 1978, the family moved to McLeansboro. She helped her husband at their TV shop on Jackson Street and also worked as a nurse for Dr. Tobey and a nursing home. The family attended the Assembly of God Church in McLeansboro. She taught Sunday school and was a den mother for Cub Scouts and team mother for Little League. She loved to play the piano. She is survived by three sons, Damon (April) Morris of Harrisburg, Jim (Angie) Morris of McLeansboro and John (Joanna) Morris of Bellevue, Wash. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Michael Morris, Melissa Welge, Heather Morris, Erin Morris, Meaghan Wilkey, Jackie Morris, Trevor Morris, Beth Morris, Jude Morris and Grace Morris; four great-grandchildren, Charles, Braxton, Aedon and Dallas; a sister, Patti Ann (Jim) Moses of Bend, Ore.; a brother, Richard Billington of Las Vegas; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by four stepchildren, Valerie, Ellen, Tim and Karen Morris as well as 10 stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Val E. Morris; a daughter, Patti L. Morris; a brother, the Rev. Allen Billington; and a stepson, Bruce Morris. Funeral services was held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Burial was at the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro. Gholson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on  January 21, 2016
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