Morris, Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose “Betty” Morris, 91, of Galesburg died at 12:13 am Monday, May 26, 2014 in Rosewood Care Center.

She was born November 30, 1922 in Streator, Ill. the daughter of Clarence T. and Edna I. Wirick Stites. She married John Richard Morris on February 1, 1947 in Wataga, Ill. He preceded her in death in 1995.

She is survived by his children, Mary M. (Nick) Watson of Momence, Ill., Nancy L. (Ray) Budde and Susan A. (Robin) Luken both of Galesburg; John R. (Rose) Morris, Jr. of Monmouth, Ill. and Duane E. (Cindy) Morris of Pinckney, Mich.,eleven grandchildren Mike (Dianne) Budde, Nathan (Jaime) Budde, Katherine Budde, Elizabeth Watson, Robert Luken, Eric ( Jennifer) Luken, Crystal Corry, Heather Corry, Tonya Corry, Carlie Morris, and Hannah Morris, five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother John E. Stites and her sister, Ruth E. Johnson.

She worked for the IRS for 19 years, retiring in 1988. She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1940. She was a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Wataga. She has served as president, treasurer and secretary of the St. Aloysius Altar Society. She was a member the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She enjoyed luncheons with her Henderson friends, her farm group, and morning coffee at HyVee.

Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 am Friday May 30, 2014 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church Wataga, Ill. Rev. Deus-Dedit Byabato officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Thursday evening May 29, 2014 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Rosary will be prayed at 7 pm. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Galesburg. Memorial may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church or the Quad City Honor Flight. Online condolence may be made at