Cleo Bird Morris
December 27, 1918 – March 29, 2016
Cleo Mae Bird Morris was born December 27, 1918. She passed away March 29, 2016 in Houston, Texas at the age of 97.
A resident of Dallas for over 70 years, Cleo moved to Houston to be in assisted living near her sons Marvin and Bill, and their wives, Carol and Rosalba, in 2013. Cleo was born in Hydro, Oklahoma to William Arthur and Hattie Mae Bird, and moved to Texon, Texas at age 3. She was the only girl in the family with brothers Clayton, Clifford and George. She graduated from Regan County High School. She met the love of her life, Marvin Morris in Dallas as he “tagged along” with his brother and wife when they took Cleo to a movie. They married in 1939 in Dallas, Texas, and lived together for 61 years.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother enjoying a full and active life. When her four children were growing up, she was active in PTA and kept the kids busy pursuing their interests in scouting, sports, and crafts. When the kids left home, she studied computers and worked as a supervisor in keypunch financial operations for Margot La Mode, leaving there to establish the Morris Antique Gallery. She really enjoyed studying antiques and collecting! Cleo had always been an excellent seamstress, and with more time to play became very interested in painting pottery and T-shirts. All of us in the family enjoyed the things she made, and hoped she would not sell something before we could talk her out of it. She also was an excellent gardener, which led her to join the local chapter of the Federated Garden Club of America, and become a flower show judge. She and her friend, Nancy Cherryhomes, started the Lakewood Wildflower Club and the Lakewood Antiques Study Club. She served these organizations in various capacities – President, VP, Treasurer, cook and friend. At the tender age of 84 she took systems classes and took to personal computers, amazing the younger generation. She helped others always! As an active member of Skillman Avenue Church of Christ for 60 years, she visited the sick, cooked meals, and participated in any way she could. Her food was legendary! She and Marvin, Sr. were members of the Knife and Fork Club and entertained at their house frequently. They were also members of the Lakewood Country Club.
Throughout their lives Cleo and Marvin served others, and now they will be once again reunited in heaven.
Survivors include her daughters: Betty Lynn Seifert (Walter) and Nancy Lee King (Bill deceased); her sons: Marvin L. Morris, Jr. (Carol) and William W. Morris (Rosalba); grandchildren: Kevin Morris, Keith Morris, Eli Seifert, Sara Marguerite Seifert, William L. King, Rachel Morris and Ruth Morris; great grandchildren: Dylan Morris, Megan Morris, Tristen Morris, Charles Watson-Ross, Liam Seifert-Ross, and Morgan Seifert-Ross.
Viewing Friday Evening, April 1 at 6:00 pm; Funeral Services Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 12 noon in the Grove Hill Funeral Home Chapel. Chuck Adair presiding. Internment in Grove Hill Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Skillman Ave Church of Christ in lieu of flowers.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Cleo Bird Morris
April 10, 2016
My heartfelt sympathies to all of Cleo's family but especially to Buddy and Betty Lynn who probably don't remember me. Maxine Adams and I (we are from Texon too) lived with the three of them during WWII when Marvin was in the Navy.
Reading her obituary brought back memories of those times, how much fun we had, how we coped with no car, and concern for loved ones in the service. She welcomed many men from Texon who were in the service, including George and Clifford, to spend a night or a meal.
Even then Cleo was a good cook and despite food shortages, always provided great meals. She introduced me to cauliflower, now one of my favorite vegetables.
We visited a few times through the years and she and Marvin came to a Texon Reunion.
She accomplished much in her long life, thanks to her own initiative and with the help of Marvin.
I will always remember her.
Jane Wilson Spraggins
April 4, 2016
Our condolences Betty, Walter , Eli and Marguerite.
Bruce Thompson and Marisin
Norma & Ron
April 4, 2016
Betty --- So sorry for your loss. She had a long, good life.