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Subject: Actress Ella Marie Morris


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Date Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 10:53:55am

Ella Marie Morris
November 27, 1925 - September 9, 2017

Ella Marie Morris passed peacefully and joyfully from this earth to join her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Crestview Memorial Park with Reverend Dean Savage, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Ella was born to Fred and Maggie (Moser) Fuhrman at Lone Star (adjacent to Petrolia), Texas on November 27, 1925. On September 21, 1970, she married Edward B. Morris at First Baptist Church. Ella attended schools at Dean Dale, Texas and Petrolia High School, graduating in 1944. She was an Honor Graduate of Draughon’s Business
College at an early age. She later furthered her education by attending Vernon Regional Junior College and Midwestern State University. She worked for Civil Service at Sheppard AFB, retiring in 1988 with 33 years of service, and served as Executive Secretary to the 3700 Technical Wing Commander who was in command of all the technical training for students at Sheppard Air Force Base. Ella had much pride in her work during her tenure at Sheppard and was a recipient of many accolades for her superior performances, awards such as QSI’s, Outstanding Superior Performance; Special Act; Letter of Commendations and numerous other recognition awards and honors by completing various courses on base including numerous USAF Air University Extension Courses. She was also a Legal Certified Court Reporter and maintained a Top Secret Clearance throughout her career at SAFB. Prior to working at Sheppard, Ella worked as an Accountant and Office Manager for Patton Roofing and Lumber Company during the years Patton Addition on Seymour Rd. was developed.

Ella was a member of First Baptist Church, Joy Life Group and the Glory Choir. She was also a member of the Area Cattlewomen Association; Faith Chapter 713 Order of the Eastern Star; the Shelomi Temple 43 Daughters of the Nile; the Lone Stars where she was a volunteer at MPEC Conventions; the Wichita Falls Symphony League; past
member of the League of Women Voters of Wichita Falls; served several terms as Treasurer of the once Wichita Falls Newcomer’s Club; a member of the Wichita County Republican Women Association; served several terms on the Board of Directors at the Wichita Club prior to it closing; member of the Elks Lodge #1105; Life member of the
SAFB Officers Club (now called Sheppard Club); member of the Clay County Farm Bureau; the NRA; Post #169 Auxiliary Unit; was instrumental along with 4 others in forming NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) Boomtown Chapter 2329, receiving its Charter, February 9, 2001, where she served as a Vice President and later promoted to National Association of NARFE District 5 representative. She was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) Unit attached to DAV George Register Chapter #41, and served as Commander of the Auxiliary for 10 years. Ella proudly displays her Shrine Certificate reflecting her contribution to the 100-Million Dollar Club in October 2006, in support of the work of the world’s greatest philanthropy. She was listed as a cast member in the movie “Texasville”, filmed in Archer and Wichita counties, with a small role serving coffee to Jeff Bridges. Her favorite hobbies were doing for others on a need basis, music, dancing, reading, and all outdoor sports. Prior to her injury in December 2015, she mostly enjoyed managing and operating her Ranch, tending to her cattle and 8 pet donkeys. In her younger days, she enjoyed good times water skiing, riding horses, and participating in parades and horse shows with her daughters. She loved going shopping for clothes and shoes and took great joy in her appearance.

Marie was known for her beautiful, thoughtful and sweet cards. What she couldn’t say to your face she expressed in a card. She was known for being strong willed, determined and disciplined. She knew “what” she wanted and “how” she wanted it. She minced no words. She valued hard work and planning for the future. Marie saved and sacrificed and loved the farm. Marie loved "the land", her home and her family. She was truly one of a kind and the GREATEST generation was lucky to have her in their company. She was loved and will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Maggie Fuhrman; her husband, Edward B. Morris; her sister, Lillie Mae Corder; and her brother, Eugene Freddie “Bud” Fuhrman.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary M. Adams and husband Tommy, and Connie Sue (Moore) Berlingeri and husband Angel; four grandchildren, Lynwood Adams, Dr. Gina Eckles, Dawn Ritz, and James Berlingeri; six great-grandchildren, Samantha Ritz, Veronica Ritz, Mackenzie Burrs, Thomas “Wilson” Eckles, Troy Dale Adams, and Bianca Jolyn Adams.

For those desiring, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #41, PO Box 8071, Wichita Falls, TX 76307; First Baptist Church, 1200 9th St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301; Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, TX 76310; or to a charity of your choice.

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