Linda Lee Morris
February 25, 1959 ~ August 12, 2013
Linda Lee Morris passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, in Moses Lake, WA. Linda was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in December of 2008. Linda was well aware of the difficult road she would be traveling with the progression of the disease. She put up a courageous fight until the very end. Linda Lee Morris was born on February 25, 1959, in Spokane, WA to her parents, Gilbert and Stanna White. She was the oldest of two children. Her brother is Dean White. Linda spent her childhood on her parent’s cattle ranch north of Ritzville, along Crab Creek. She attended Ritzville schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Linda was an exceptional student; a teacher’s delight and always one to be counted upon. She rode in the back of the bus and was always accepted by the guys as one of them. Linda was Captain of the Broncettes during her senior year in high school, was a member of Honor Society, FHA, and played the flute in the RHS Pep Band. Linda Lee had a photographic memory, a vast vocabulary, a quick wit and rapid fire opinions. The cattle rancher’s daughter was taught by her Daddy not to dumb down to anyone. After graduating from Ritzville in 1977, she attended Big Bend Community College for two years, getting her Associate’s degree. In 1979, Linda Lee transferred to Eastern Washington University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in Home Economics in 1981. She would gleefully tell the story of the professor adopting her as a second professor in the class, as most girls in the class would burn water. Linda Lee met her future husband, John O. Morris, Jr., on a blind date April 18, 1980. She went to meet John’s parents and family on their farm a month later on May 18, 1980, the day Mt. St. Helens blew. Linda married John in Ritzville, WA on November 7, 1981. Her wedding dress belonged to her mother, Stanna Lee. Linda reconstructed it to fit her and the dress had an 1890’s style theme. Linda was a homemaker, first, who supported her husband in his family farm business. She did many tailoring and altering jobs. Her passion was serving in her medieval history group, the Society for Creative Anachronism or the SCA. She was a member of the Barony of Wastekeep in TriCities, WA. Her costumes were very fine in detail and intricate. Linda was intrigued by the history of the Medieval time period. She owned many books and writings of that time period. Linda was active in her church, the Ephrata United Methodist Church. She was always an eager and enthusiastic worker of the church rummage sale. Linda loved people unconditionally and would gladly give anyone something to eat. She loved animals, particularly the many stray cats that found themselves soon sitting on her lap inside the home. She loved dogs and was always eager to let them out of the kennel and walk them down the ditch bank. She had a great love of family and would call her mother and her beloved aunt, Peggy, two to three times per week. She was very fond of her husband, John, her daddy, Gilbert, her mother, Stanna Lee, her brother, Dean and her mother-in-law, Shirley Morris. It was very easy to tell that Linda was always around, listening to her joyful laugh that came from the abstract and colorful ideas and comments she originated.
Linda is survived by the love of her life, John O. Morris, Jr.; her father, Gilbert and mother, Stanna Lee; her brother, Dean; and many relatives and friends.
Linda’s family would like to thank those many true friends and caregivers that stepped up and gave John Morris, Dean White, Gilbert and Stanna Lee White support, comfort and encouragement during this long suffering, grief-filled journey.
The family requests that memorials be sent to the Ephrata United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church of Ritzville, WA, The Inland Northwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, or the Summer Wood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center Employees Emergency Fund. There will be a Graveyard Service at the Ritzville Cemetery on Rosenoff Road at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013, followed by a reception at Trinity United Methodist Church on 107 W. 2nd Ave in Ritzville. A Memorial Service will be held the following day at Ephrata United Methodist Church, 117 C Street NW in Ephrata, WA at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Danekas Funeral Home of Ritzville, WA is entrusted with arrangements. People wishing to post a word for Linda may do so at the Danekas Funeral Home Web Site: www.danekasfuneralhome.org. You Go Linda! Heaven is one soul richer!