Alma Morris of 3400 8th St. passed away on July, 19, 2019.
I got a long distance call on July 19th, from Jesus. He informed me that I had overstayed my time with you and it was time to come on home. I regret this, leaving you in such a hurry. I have no doubt that you will forgive me, for soon you will catch up with me. My advice to you and others is PLEASE BE READY WHEN HE CALLS AND HAVE YOUR BUSINESS IN ORDER!
My sons, Bernard Morris and Verron Morris; mother, Ethel Baxter; husband, Guy Edward Morris Jr. and sister, Gladys Elaine Kellogg have all gone on before me. I am anxious to meet them and other relatives and join in with friends too, at his wonderful place they call HEAVEN.
As I look back over the years that the Lord has given me, February 22, 1919 till now, has been very interesting. Seems like a long time with all the things that have happened in that life span, yet they were ‘good years’ spent.
Recalling some of the tasks that filled my life time, my life was rewarding. I did a few things. The first and most important thing I did was joining Maple Street Baptist Church a few months after birth. Through those doors I came and I am now leaving. While spending all my life in the church, I tried to do the things God wanted me to do. At Maple Street I served in many positions. I organized the Maple Leaf Youth Choir, sang in all the other choirs, played the organ for several choirs and served 8 years as organist for the State Convention.
he ‘Wee Sisters Trio’, was a singing group I sang with for a few years. We sang with many big bands that passed through the city. Count Basie and Fletcher Henderson to name a couple. In 1939, at the State Fair, we took second billing to Shirley (Temple) Black.
I attended Des Moines Public Schools and later worked for them shortly after graduation. I started and ended my career at Washington School after 28 years of service. I also worked at several schools on the south side. The old Washington PTA members, 8 of us, still have monthly get togethers.
I was a member of Princess Oziel Chapter #9, Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliated and served as Worthy Matron as well. I was also a founding member of the Social Light Queens. I was also a member of several other Federated Clubs, Social Clubs and Church Groups.
Caretaker seemed to have been my call and role in my family. I cared for my husband, mother, sister and son. I gave them all tender, loving care; often better than the law allowed.
After taking an early retirement, to care for my mother, she passed. Shortly after her death, I went to work for Rep. Tom Baker at the Iowa Legislature for three years.
Traveling and cooking were my favorite things to do.
In 1976, I started the McDonald Family Reunion. Every time we got together, Oh What A Time, What A Time. The old and the young would come and reminisce of good times and bad. History was relived in a short few days. To stay young, I joined the Senior Companion and the Hospice of Iowa Society. Both jobs were very rewarding.
I leave behind my daughters in law, Paula Morris and Joan Morris; grandchildren, Michael (Felicia) Morris, Veronica Morris, Kesha (Jason) Epps, Constella (Bryan) Simien, Mary (Anthony) Carson, Amber Morris, Cameron Morris; several great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Michael Walden; step-grandchildren, Larry Allen, Keisha Walker, Gabrielle (Quetin) Walker; godson, Brian Glinton and a host of other relatives and friends. I await your arrival. Remember me for the things I have done and what I didn’t do; and remind me of it when you come home.