Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX


Frances Berlene Morris

May 17, 1928December 30, 2019

Frances Berelene "Dena" Morris, of Baytown, Texas went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 30, 2019 at the age of 91. Dena was born in Abilene, Texas on May 17, 1928 to A.D. & Ruby Koonce. The family moved to Baytown when she was 13 years old. She attended Robert E. Lee High School and later married Paul E. Davis. She was a loving mother to their 3 children, Charles "Rusty' Davis, Dennis Wayne Davis, and Paula Dean Davis.

She was remarried on February 24, 1978 to Alva Leo Morris and became a stepmom to Douglas Clark Morris, and daughter-in-law Kelly Eileen Morris. Dena was cheerful, outgoing, and a hard worker. She worked many years for the City of Baytown, and Houston Lighting & Power, where she retired in 1992.

She was known as "Nana" to Codi Renee Davis, Charles R. Davis Jr., Colby Morris and wife Mandie, Mindy Morris Fuller and husband Rusty, Hunter Morris and wife Ami. 8 great grandchildren, Mia Fuller, Maggie Fuller, Levi Fuller, Mae Fuller, Liam Morris, Michaela McAdams, Caeden Morris, and Crewe Morris. She had a great love for her children and also for the Lord. Even during her toughest days on Earth, after the loss of her husband, daughter, and granddaughter, and even when facing her own diagnosis of dementia, she never failed to say how good God had been to her. Her laugh was always boisterous and infectious. She was a clotheshorse, who loved wearing lots of jewelry, collecting things, and decorating her home for every holiday. She was an amazing cook, and she passed down many family favorite recipes. She will be fondly remembered by her family for so many of her famous "Nana quotes", and will be dearly missed by her family and friends alike.

Dena is preceded in death by her husband, Alva Leo Morris, her daughter, Paula Dean Davis, granddaughter Codi Renee Davis, her mother, Ruby Koonce, father A.D. Koonce, and brother Dewey "Sonny" Koonce.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 12 p.m. with a service starting at 1 pm at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown, Texas. Burial is to follow at White's Cemetery in Highlands, Texas, at 2:30 p.m.


  • Visitation Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, January 6, 2020


Frances Berlene Morris

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