Laurel F. Morris
July 10, 1925 – June 1, 2021
Preceded in death by parents; husband; two stepdaughters, Nancy England, Joyce Morris; brothers: Lyle, Keith, and Vern Stewart; sisters, Wilma Schultz, Carol Johnson Brashear. Survived by two younger brothers, Guy and Glen Stewart; stepson, Jay Morris; step-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and their children; dear friends, Terry Burggraff (Kay) and family.
VISITATION: Friday, June 4th from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, June 5th at 10:30am at the West Center Chapel. Interment: Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to a charity of your choice. Complete notice later.
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Laurel Morris died at her home of 68 years on June 1, 2021.
A niece summarized it well, “We will miss Aunt Laurel’s sharp wit and tender heart. “
Laurel was born to Gilbert and Stella Stewart July 10, 1925 in St. Edward, Nebraska, as their fifth child. Three younger brothers soon joined the family. They lived on various farms in the area, finally settling in Boone County, near Newman Grove, Nebraska.
She attended country schools, sometimes being the only girl in her class, until finishing her last two years in Newman Grove, graduating in 1943.
After graduating, Laurel moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she shared a room with her oldest sister and located a job working in the kitchen at Immanuel Hospital. Staying in food service, she started working for the Burlington Train stations.
A widower named Al Morris worked for Burlington. Laurel made a wager with a co-worker saying she would get a date with him. Obviously, it worked. They were married in 1950 and she became an instant mother to three almost adults! Al and Laurel were married until his death in 1994.
After Burlington she worked at Hilltop House, and some years later worked at Ross’s Steakhouse. Laurel sometimes was bartender and waitress, but often would be hostess and/or cashier.
Her heart to care for people with food wasn’t limited to work. Family and friends always enjoyed Laurel’s excellent hospitality and delicious meals.
She possessed a couple of golf trophies, but playing golf slowed some when she was consistently playing better than Al. After retiring from work, Laurel enjoyed caring for her neighbors, her yard, and creating intricate paint by number paintings which became gifts to family and friends.