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Mrs Jewell <I>Morris</I> Broer

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Mrs Jewell Morris Broer

  • Birth 30 Mar 1922 Welaka, Putnam County, Florida, USA
  • Death 18 Dec 2011 East Palatka, Putnam County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Palatka, Putnam County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 99666979

Jewel Morris Broer, 89, of East Palatka, passed away Sundayt, December 18, 2011 in Palatka following a short illness.
The granddaughter of William Jackson who brought his family to Welaka in 1879, she was born in Welaka, the daughter of Lycurgus Alexander Morris and Elizabeth "Bessie" McRae Hutchinson Morris. In 1888, her father and his partner, W. H. Beasley, started the Welaka seafood industry that grew into an annual million dollar business. In 1946, the town honored her father, then 80 years old, for his pioneer work in the seafood industry. After graduation from Crescent City High School in 1940 and the advent of World War II, Jewell Morris enlisted in the U.S. Navy Waves. Stationed in Washington, D.C. in 1942, she prepared dispatches, translating them into the Navajo Language Code, a code the Japanese were never able to decipher, aiding out nation in winning the war. After her discharge in December 1945, she enrolled at Stetson University and earned her degree in finance. She lived for a while in Raton, New Mexico with her brother-in-law, a C.P.A.; then returned to Palatka, where she met and married Sam Broer of East Palatka. They had a little ranch in East Palatka and enjoyed working with cattle. Latter they bought and collected antique cars. She also took pleasure in accompanying her husband on hunting trips to New Mexico and visiting family there. She was the first employee of Hudson Pulp & Paper Credit Union and later transferred from the credit union to the Hudson mill facility, now Georgia Pacific, from which she retired. For many years, she was pianist and treasurer of the First Baptist Church of East Palatka.
She was preceded in death by her parents, L. A. and Bessie Morris; half brothers, Clarence Lycurgus Morris, Earl Harry Morris, Oscar Heath Morris, Warren Hutchinson and John Hutchinson and half-sisters, Mary Adeline Morris, Lillian Clementine Morris, Emma Eveline Morris Hill, Alice Rosalie Morris Wells Wilkinson, Edith Hutchinson Ausbuan and Mary Alice Hutchinson; brother William Jackson Morris and sister Claire Morris Young. She was the youngest child in the large Morris-Hutchinson family.
She is survived by her great-nephew Richard Earl Morris and wife Connie who have been constant loving caregivers for several years, a niece, Naomi King Owen of Ocala, nephew, Jimmy Morris of Palatka, sister-in-law Pauline Broer Faircloth of Valdosta, Ga., a niece by marriage, Emma Lou Morris, her husband's niece and nephews, Ann Faircloth Register, Billy Faircloth, George Flanders and Gary Flanders and several nieces and nephews who live out of state.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka with Dr. Don Aycock officiating. Burial will follow at Palatka Memorial Gardens with military honors presented by the U.S. Navy.


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  • Created by: Mack Wills
  • Added: 27 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99666979
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mrs Jewell Morris Broer (30 Mar 1922–18 Dec 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99666979, citing Palatka Memorial Gardens, Palatka, Putnam County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Mack Wills (contributor 46912082) .