Mary Lee  Morris


I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Mary Lee Morris, 83 a faithful servant of the Lord was called into eternal rest on April 8, 2019.
Mary's life journey began on Oct. 9, 1935, in Forest City, Ark., the daughter of Mary Alford and Jimmie Tubbett. Mary was raised and beloved by her grandparents, Mary Magdeline and Rodger Alford. Mary was united in holy matrimony to Otto Morris Jr. He preceded her in death. To their union three children were born, Rose, Brenda, and Otto III.
Mary was a longtime resident and friend of the community of Danville, where she raised her family; she was a dedicated member of Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church (formerly Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church) where she sang in the choir for many years until she was no longer able. Mary was a member of Blacks in Government; and an active member of the Spiritual Connections women's group along with many saintly women in the community who strived to share the love of God and the gospel through singing and educational workshops. Mary was a loving and caring person and was beloved by many that graced her presence; she possessed a wisdom to nurture and build upon the lives of others. Mary enjoyed sitting on her porch and spending time with friends and family, and cooking meals for her many grandchildren. Mary was affectionately known by many as "Momma Lucy;" she was truly a mother to all.
Mary believed in the necessity of hard work; she was a cook at George's Buffett for many years, and took on a second occupation at the VA Illiana Healthcare System in the Foodservice Department where she retired after 26 years of service. After retirement, she spent her years serving others and creating special moments with her family and friends.
Mary leaves to cherish her memory two children, Rose (Eddie) Driver of Decatur, and Brenda (Clyde) Butler of Danville; one sister, Blanche Alford-Rodgers of Forest City, Ark.; a special cousin who she was raised with and considered as a sister, Jearlene (Curtis) Bradly of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Shawna (late Shawn) Mullins and Tanisha (Keith) Hoskins of Danville, and Charlene Hoskins of Peoria; eight great-grandchildren, Troy, De'Janae, Brianna, Ta'Rayia, Mari, Amari, Kendi, and Kai; and seven great-great grandchildren, all whom she loved; wto special god-daughters, Judy Criss and Cynthia Grant; and special friends, Willie Robinson, Lois Knox, Louise Cunningham, Darlene Harrison, and Linda Rowell.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otto Morris Jr.; and son, Otto Morris III; brother, Theodus Alford; and a special sister-in- law, Erlie Dean Shaw.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at noon Monday, April 15, 2019, at Philadelphia Baptist Church, 423 N. Washington St., Danville. Visitation will be from 11 a.m until the time of the service. A public viewing be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St. Officiating: Pastor Courtney Watson. Internment; Atherton Cemetery.
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