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October 8, 2013

Mary Louise (Smith) Morris

Mary Louise (Smith) Morris passed away on Oct. 5, 2013, at Stillwater Medical Center, surrounded by her family as she passed from this earthly home to her mansion in heaven with her Lord. We are celebrating this life journey on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Solid Rock Church with pastor Dan Yankunas officiating. She will be laid to rest at Clarkson Cemetery in Coyle. Pallbearers will be Bill Hicks, Craig Hicks, Mike Pendleton, Tony Pendleton, Drue Gillpatrick, Brently Grantham, Virgil Grantham and Rodney Swink.

 Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater.

Mary Louise was born on Jan. 18, 1924, in New York, to Vera Mae Bezanson. She moved to Oklahoma when she was three and was raised by many other family friends. This was to be the beginning of the difficult raising, which later in life was the foundation to her strong core family values. She met and married the love of her life, Drue Morris, on April 4, 1942, in Ada. They were married 52 years and had four children.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Kuhn, of Wichita, Kan.; daughters, Jo Ann Pendleton and husband, Mike , of Stillwater, Linda Hicks and husband, Bill, of Stillwater; daughters-in-law, Dorothy Morris, of Stillwater, Donna Morris, of Stillwater; grandchildren, Connie Hite and husband, John, from Glencoe, Tony Pendleton and wife, Danielle, of Stillwater, Sue Stokes and husband, Rickey, of Glencoe, Craig Hicks and wife, Pam, of Lewisville, Texas, Lou Ann Grantham and husband, Virgil, of Eufaula, Leslie Gillpatrick, of Stillwater, Renee Reichman, of Stillwater, and Regan Reichman, of Stillwater; 16 great-grandchildren and 13 great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Jessie Ann Flynt; mother, Vera Flynt; brother, Freddy Flynt; husband, Drue Morris; sons, Kenneth Drue Morris, James “Jim” Phillip Morris; grandson, Rion Reichman.

Mary stayed home to raise her children till 1955. She went to work for Simack as a meat wrapper. From there, she worked at the old M & W and Humpty Dumpty as a meat wrapper as well. It was at this time she started her cleaning business where she cleaned for doctors and dentist offices and for Quapaw Cement Company. She retired at 62 when her husband’s health started to fail. She stayed home and took very good care of him until he passed. She always kept busy raising a big garden, tending to her yard, raising her wildflowers, canning vegetables, helping others and babysitting grandchildren. She was very active in her family role and she was the foundation of a very strong family. She loved to entertain with her big dinners and she loved her family. Mary was a very strong and independent person that took care of others. She showed her love for people by helping them.

 Some of the life lessons that mother passed to her children and her grandchildren and her great grandchildren were her love of the Lord. Love your family and take care of them, be frugal with your money, always do what is right, don't lie, cheat or steal and if you don't have something nice to say keep your mouth shut. Work hard, it doesn't matter where you started, it matters where you finished. Help others, spend quality time with your family laughing and crying together and enjoying them, for they are your blood relatives and get along with them. Learn to love each other in spite of our differences.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Westhaven Nursing Home for all the love, compassion and care she received while residing there. She was blessed with caregivers who loved and adored her, and even called her Grandma Mary.

A special thank you to Stillwater Medical Center and the staff for their support, care and attention we all received during our short stay on medical floor.  The dedication they each showed to do their job as a team did not go unnoticed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stillwater Humane Society in Snuffy's name.

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