December 28, 1925 - December 8, 2009
Sherman- Memorial funeral services for Virginia Morriss will be held
at 3:00 PM, Saturday, December 12 in the Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Lander Bethel of the church will officiate with services under the
direction of Waldo Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held
at West Hill Cemetery before the funeral. Mrs. Morriss, 83, passed away
Tuesday, December 8 at The Renaissance of Sherman.
Virginia Ethel Stephenson Morriss was born December 28, 1925 in
Sherman, TX to Edgar and Viola Stephenson. She attended Sherman schools
and graduated from Sherman High School and Wilson N. Jones Hospital School
of Nursing. Virginia married Jack William Morriss on July 24, 1948. They
were married for 56 years prior to his death in 2004.
Virginia began her nursing career as a clinical supervisor at the
school of nursing. After the nursing school closed, she continued serving
Wilson N. Jones in various positions including stints as Director of Nurses,
Supervisor of the Central Supply Department, Purchasing Agent for all nursing
needs, and began the first inhalation therapy program at the hospital.
She also served as a County School Nurse for 9 years. She retired from
nursing in 1966 to founded Jack & Jen Child Care Centers, serving hundreds
of children over the next 30 years.
Virginia was active in the Altrusa Club of Sherman. She joined the
service organization in 1967 and remained an active member until her death.
She served as Governor of District Nine of Altrusa, which included the
State of Texas from 1979-1981.
Virginia was active in city government serving 2 terms on the Sherman
City Council in 1975-79 and in 1979 was elected Sherman's first woman mayor.
During her time of service, Sherman was designated the ?All American City?
award from the National League of Cities.
Virginia was a member of Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church where
she was a member for 50 years. She was ordained as the first woman elder
and served on many Church committees.
Virginia was honored as a distinguished Alumni of Sherman High School
and lived the last years of her life at The Renaissance of Sherman where
she loved all of her friends and especially her nurse, Pat Morales.
Virginia is survived by two sons, Steve Morriss and wife Katherine
of Denton and Larry Morriss and wife Donneita of Sherman; five grandchildren,
Stephanie Morriss of Dallas, Sterling Morriss of Washington DC, Christian
Morriss and wife Janice of McKinney, Nicholas Morriss and wife Meredith
of Houston, and Zachary Morriss and wife Dallas of McKinney; two great
grandchildren, Remi and Riley Morriss of McKinney; and one sister, Margaret
Daniels and husband James of Cedar Creek Lake, Texas. Mrs. Morriss was
preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters, Martha McAdoo
and Jo'el Bonser.
The family will receive friends after the service at Grand Avenue
Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grand
Avenue Presbyterian Church or Altrusa's Grayson County College Scholarship
Fund, PO Box 2233, Sherman, TX 75091.