|Birth: ||Mar. 31, 1918|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 2014|
Lily Charlene Morris passed away on April 6, 2014, shortly after celebrating her 96th birthday. The cause of death was respiratory failure due to congestive heart failure.
Lily was born in Erick, Oklahoma, on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1918, the 7th child born to Charles and Frances Ogilbee. After the death of the oldest child at a young age, the family finally settled in Temple, Oklahoma, where Lily and her siblings attended Temple schools and all graduated from Temple High School.
On June 18, 1938, Lily married Coy Morris and the young couple moved in with Coy's family who were farming near the neighboring community of Comanche, Oklahoma. In the Fall of 1939, the couple left Oklahoma and headed for Oregon where they hoped to farm. After losing their savings in Arizona, the couple picked cotton to make enough money to continue their journey, finally reaching Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1939 where family members had already settled. Rather than continue on to Oregon, Lily and Coy decided to stay in Los Angeles where they had the support of family and friends to find work and a better future.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Coy joined the U.S. Navy and Lily worked various job in Los Angeles while making every effort to meet Coy whenever his ship docked in ports up and down the West Coast, if necessary quitting her job to do so. At the end of the war, Lily and Coy settled in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County, where they had a son in 1946 and a daughter of 1948. In 1949, they purchased a home in Rosemead, California, where they continued to live until Coy retired from his job as an Operating Engineer for Los Angeles County in June 1978, and they moved to Anderson where they purchased a small walnut orchard.
Coy and Lily celebrated their 50th Anniversary at their home on June 18, 1988, and enjoyed 71 years together before Coy's death in 2009.
In the 30-plus years they lived in Anderson, Coy and Lily's home was the "go to" place for big family holiday celebrations. Christmas and Thanksgiving were especially important, with guests attending from throughout California and beyond. And Lily's oatmeal cookie recipe is famous among family members.
Until his death in 2009, Coy worked in the orchard while Lily maintained their home and felt it keenly whenever a tree was lost, as sometimes happened during bad weather, and even regretted every single walnut taken by squirrels! Lily helped care for Coy's mother who lived in an apartment adjacent to the family home until her death at 99. For a number of years, she also cared for her older sister, Margaret, who passed away in 2004 after moving in with Coy and Lily when she went blind in her 80's.
Lily stayed in the family home in Anderson for several years following Coy's death, before moving into Oakdale Heights Assisted Living facility in Redding in March 2012.
In addition to her husband, Lily was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings. Lily will be greatly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Donette Morris, of Anderson, and her daughter, Nelda Morris, of Sacramento, and many devoted nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews, as well as friends in California and across the country.
As a young girl, Lily was baptized at First Baptist Church of Temple, Oklahoma, and never moved her membership to another church. She looked forward to being reunited with Coy, and the knowledge that Coy and Lily are together again is a great comfort to their family and friends.
Published in Redding Record Searchlight
April 12, 2014
Lawncrest Memorial Park
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Record added: Apr 12, 2014
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