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Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary

3655 5Th Ave, San Diego, CA

OBITUARY

Prudy Morris

March 27, 1961November 27, 2019

Providence “Prudy” DiStefano Morris was born on March 27, 1961 in Buffalo, New York. She attended Annunciation School and Mount St. Mary’s Academy. Prudy graduated with honors from the prestigious Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and later earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the State University of New York, where she was elected to the Rho Chi International Honor Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences. She was a clinical pharmacist at Fairfax Hospital until 1991 when she moved to San Diego to become a clinical/academic pharmacist at the University of California, San Diego. She was a nationally awarded and locally trusted pharmacist and achieved the rank of Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy in the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her superb and attentive mentorship helped shape the careers of many young pharmacists and led to her appointments at the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare and Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. She received numerous awards for pharmaceutical excellence, including Fellowship in both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Prudy was devoted to service in the San Diego community. She was a consistent and reliable volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and Catholic Church. She donated her vacation time as a pharmacist to help with The American Lung Association’s annual residential camp for children with asthma. She was an eloquent public speaker and spent much of her time educating San Diego youth about lung health, avoidance of accidental poisoning and the importance of proper nutrition.

Prudy married Timothy Morris in 1992. They raised their two children, Tessa and Edward, in the Mission Hills community. She became well-known for her energy, vigor and gregariousness. She was an athlete throughout most of her life in activities ranging from performance dancing to triathlons. Although stricken with multi-system atrophy, a degenerative neurological disease, during her last decade of life, she became an example of how a disabled person could live a life of adventure, travel, laughter and friendship.

Besides her husband and children, Prudy is survived by her brother Philip, sisters Joanne and Carla, her nephew Sam and nieces Magen and Roxanne. Viewing for friends and family will be Friday, December 6, 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary: 3655 Fifth Ave, San Diego. Funeral services are Saturday, December 7, 10:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4080 Hawk St, San Diego.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Gale Romanowski

December 7, 2019

I met Prudy shortly after she and Tim arrived in San Diego in 1991. I knew after meeting her that she was a force to be reckoned with — truly a spark plug of energy! Prudy worked tirelessly for the things she believed in including Pharmacy and her St. Vincent community and asthma education etc. I admired Prudy’s endless energy and of course we had a lot of great times together. We were the SD “cousins” camping, skiing, traveling celebrating, hanging out, laughing together ... Prudy always loved a good celebration, bringing people together at her home. She faced her diagnosis with grace and determination, traveling, enjoying life and not giving up til the end. I will miss you my dear beautiful friend.

James Colbert

December 7, 2019

My Friend Prudy,
I remember first meeting you and Tim in a little bar down the road from the UCSD Medical Center shortly after you came in 1991. I had just come back from the Middle East serving in Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War. The energy and enthusiasm that you displayed for our profession was inspiring. That meeting was the first of many that we would have over the years. During this time you made a difference in the profession in San Diego and beyond. You have influenced and mentored so many of us over the last several decades. Thank you my friend. Rest In Peace.
James Colbert

PAULINE CHAN

December 6, 2019

Dear Prudy,
We first met at the San Diego Society of Health System Pharmacists when you needed to pass on the “San Diego Currents” newsletter editorship and I volunteered. We ended up editing the newsletter together. You were so amazing, extraordinary and brilliant in every way! I learned so much from you!
We both received our fellowship recognition at CSHP in 2002 and ASHP in 2003. I still remember after the ASHP fellowship recognition ceremony at the San Diego Convention Center, we had lunch together by the water front, just the two of us. It was a beautiful day. We talked about our family, our kids and our work. We were grateful and felt very blessed.
Prudy, I admire you for your courage, your persistence, also your sense of humor and kindness. I will miss you and will always treasure our friendship. Through faith, we will meet again!

Rick Berry

December 6, 2019

Pru - we became good friends at MCP and managed to stay in touch all these years. Like everybody else, I will miss you. I know you are in another dimension smiling at us and probably dancing again.
Tim, Tessa and Edward - I am so sorry for your loss and the void this leaves in your lives.

Rick Berry

Harminder Sikand

December 5, 2019

Dear Prudy,
I first met you in 1997 when I moved to San Diego and you were a FORCE to be reckoned with! Bright, beautiful, articulate and charming you captured the audience large and small. Over the years we started SDPRL, shared our stories of raising children, the pre-college, in college and post college conversations were especially invigorating. I admire your light, your resilience and your passion. You will always be in my thoughts as will Tim and the kids. Here is to a peaceful journey beyond.
In friendship and love,
Harminder

Candis Morello

November 30, 2019

Prudy,
You were one of the first pharmacists I met at UCSD when I was a student in 1995. I initially was drawn to your bright positive attitude and warm smile, and eventually became to admire your forward thinking ways, fiery personality, and it always made me smile when you applied lipstick after every meal! I loved working with your for years advancing our profession through activities within professional societies such as SDSHP and CSHP, teaching in Pharmacy Practice at UCSD SSPPS, and creating our clinical practices together at the VA. You've been a positive role model for so many and I am grateful to be counted among those who have benefited from your expertise and beautiful soul. Many blessings to your children whom you loved so very much. Please continue to guide them from up above. May you rest now, sweet friend.

Shirley Tsunoda

November 30, 2019

Prudy,
I felt a connection to you the first time I met you. I was immediately drawn to your warmth and infectious energy. I’m sorry that I hadn’t seen you in recent years. My deepest condolences to all of your loved ones that you leave behind. May your sweet soul Rest In Peace.

In sympathy,
Shirley Tsunoda

Palmer Taylor

November 29, 2019

Prudy Morris was an important contributor to clinical pharmacy and one of the resolute supporters of starting a second school of pharmacy in the University of California system with the charter class entry in 2002. The profession of pharmacy and the San Diego community should take pride in her contributions in the academic arena to enhance the science and practice of pharmacy..

Sorry that I will be in Israel for a scientific meeting during the week of the service, but my thoughts from the Holy Land will be with you.

Sincerely,

Palmer Taylor

Kathalina ( Mule’) Haper

November 29, 2019

Remember being at your house playing those 45’s over and over till we drove everyone crazy. Such a beautiful voice you had my sweet cousin. I’m sorry we all lost touch as the years went by.
But I never stopped thinking of all of my cousins one time or another. I will miss you my beautiful cousin. May God watch over your family ,, Love to all💕
-Kathy.
Tonawanda,NY

Andy Ortiz

November 29, 2019

Prudy:
The most determined person I knew, she was destined for success! I am very fortunate to of had the opportunity to share many great experiences with her! Gone to early, fly high Prudy you accomplished your goals and was a trooper the last years. God speed and Rest In Peace 🙏🙏🙏🙏

FROM THE FAMILY