DOROTHY JANE (“SUNNY”) MORRIS
Dorothy Jane (“Sunny”) Morris was born December 25, 1918 in St. Louis, Mo. She was the eldest of four children born to Henry and Edna (Heinzel) Nabe. She passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Tri-County Care Center, Vandalia, Mo., where she resided for seven years.
Sunny graduated from Cleveland High School, St. Louis, in 1936, at the age of 18. She moved away from home soon after her graduation. She worked at Monsanto Chemical Company as a bookkeeper, and later worked at Scruggs, Vandervort, and Barney, an upscale department store in St. Louis.
She started sewing at a young age and eventually took specialized classes, becoming an accomplished seamstress. She designed and made most of her own clothing, including coats, jackets, hats, and purses to match her assorted outfits.
Sunny married Rual R. Morris on April 3, 1943 at hte Central Presbyterian Church, Clayton, Mo. To that union was born one son, Cary R. Morris. At the time of their marriage, Rual was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and thereafter Rual and Sunny moved to New York. they had an apartment on Staten Island. Sunny worked as an accountant for IBM, and her office overlooked Central Park. She enjoyed telling the story of going to work each day—taking the train on Staten Island, then boarding the Staten Island ferry, going across the harbor past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. From the ferry she would board the subway and ride it downtown to her office.
After WWII, Sunny and Rual moved from New York to Charleston, S.C., before returning to Richmond Heights in St. Louis. They moved to Vandalia, Mo. in 1946, when Rual joined his father, Roz Morris, at the Vandalia State Bank. She spent the remainder of her life in Vandalia.
In her early years, Sunny enjoyed ice skating and dancing. She loved to reminisce about hte days of ballroom dancing, and joyfully recalled her evenings of dancing at the St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom. Besides her life-long love for sewing, Sunny loved to sing, and her favorite hobby was golf. She described golf as “my game,” and dearly loved competing at various golf courses in Missouri and across the United States. She belonged to the Missouri Women’s Amateur Golf Association, the Vandalia Country Club, Mexico Country Club, and the Country Club of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
Above all else, Sunny Morris loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and took advantage of every opportunity to share the Good News with those she met! She was an active member of the Mexico First Presbyterian Church, where she was a faithful member of the choir for many years. She later moved her membership to the Vandalia First Presbyterian Church. Her favorite memories were of singing Christmas music, especially the solo parts she had for “The Messiah.” She enjoyed a great variety of music and was very happy to belong to the Vandalia St. Cecilia Music Club for many years. Sunny often expressed her thankfulness to God for giving her the gift of vocal music.
Sunny is survived by her son, Cary Morris, Springfield, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Mary Jayne Muschany, Carefree, Ariz.; nephews Jim (Teresa) Nabe, St. Louis; Robert (Chris) Crandell, Florissant, Mo.; Ron (Karen) Morris, Vandalia; nieces Joan Madden, St. Louis; Judy (Mike) Belshir, Houston, Texas; Linda (Noel) Harris, of Bolivar, Mo.; Fran Jerman, of Vandalia; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Sunny was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings and their spouses Walbert “Bud” (Estelle) Nabe; Audrey (Jim) Schulte; and Arlene (Charlie) Crandell; Rual Morris; brothers-and-sisters-in-law; Ray and Murryl Morris and Ernest and Charlene Wilson; and brother-in-law, Donald Muschany.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 30, 2014, at the funeral home, immediately followed by the funeral and celebration of Sunny’s life at 1:30 p.m. The Reverend Joel Montgomery, Vandalia First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Special music will be provided by Kevin Morris, accompanied by Barbara Elzea, and by members of the St. Cecilia Music Club. Pallbearers include Mike Bahr, Josh Davis, Joseph Clithero, Ryan Morris, Bob Hunn, and Dewey Straube. Honorary pallbearers are Monte Hoover, Ron Morris, and Darin Clithero.
Memorials are suggested to the Vandalia Tri-County Care Center Activity Department or the Vandalia first Presbyterian Church.