Jean "Jeannie" Morris

March 6, 1926January 6, 2020

Jean “Jeannie” Morris, age 93, of Benton, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 6, 2020. She was born March 6, 1926 in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania to parents Andrew Harcharek and Frances Trotsky Harcharek. Jean graduated from Newport High School in 1943. She married the love of her life, Clifford Morris on August 11, 1944 at St. Michaels Church in Glen Lyon. Clifford entered the United States Army during WWII. Jean joined the ranks of women serving the war effort on the home front by working in a bullet factory in Virginia. After the war ended, she became a dedicated homemaker, caring for her husband and kids. Jean later worked as a cook and caregiver at Heritage Day Care in Sherwood. She was honored as “Employee of the Month” in March, 2006. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for many years.

Jean was a “neatnik” with many loves and hobbies – she had a passion for cooking and baking, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She adored candy! Especially dark chocolate and Ribbon Candy. Crafting was a favorite pastime and she also loved to play poker and other card games, playing the quarter casino slots (she was very lucky), hanging out with her sisters and playing bingo. Jean had a green thumb and created beautiful landscaped yards for her family.

Being a mother was her main passion and she was involved in all her girls’ activities, serving as a Girl Scout Leader & Cookie Chairman, helping the schools with fundraisers , helping the girls with their homework and always being at the bus stop to pick them up when it rained or snowed. She enjoyed a very loving and close relationship with her daughters.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Frances Harcharek; her beloved husband of 58 years, Clifford E. Morris; infant daughter Carol Jean Morris; grandson, Jeffrey Guidas Kennedy; sisters Marie Peresta and Cil Waselus of Levittown, Pennsylvania and son-in-law, Robert Kennedy, Jr.. Left to celebrate her memory are her daughters, Donna Morris Kennedy Peters of Benton and Carole Morris Ferrer (Andre) of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Robert Morris Kennedy of Maumelle, Jeanne Kennedy Richardson of Maumelle, Joseph Daniel Kennedy of St. Louis, MO and Teresa Kennedy McAnany of DeSoto, MO; great grandchildren Grayden William Kennedy, Everly Noelle Kennedy, Isabelle Jean Kennedy, Miriam Carol Kennedy, Eve Ann Marie Kennedy, Ian McAnany, Kennedy McAnany and Lady Mia Von Richardson.

A Memorial Celebration of Jean’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 23rd at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Rd., NLR with a reception immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Jean was a tremendous lover of animals, that family asks that donations be made in her memory to Rescue Road, 17200 Chenal Parkway, Suite 300, Box 171, Little Rock 72223 or via Donations may also be sent directly by PayPal using id Please share your memories with Jean’s family at


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Reception Thursday, January 23, 2020


Jean "Jeannie" Morris

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