Esther Louise Schneider Morris


Esther Louise Schneider Morris died April 7, 2003, in Denver Colo. She was 76.

Morris was born Jan. 23, 1927, to Hazel Lewis of Burchard, Neb. She later was adopted at the age of 6 by Dr. Albert Leo Schneider and Emma Lenke (German governess) of Brady, Neb., on Feb. 17, 1933.

She attended grade school at Brady and, as her father was an active reserve officer in the U. S. Army and active in CCC Camps, she attended schools in Berryman, Mo., and Boonville, Ark., graduating from eighth grade in Brady.

In 1941, Morris attended the Catholic Girls Academy of Holy Angels of Minneapolis, Minn., as a resident student while her father was stationed at Fort Snelling, Minn. In the 1943 fall term she entered her remaining school years in Brady Public Schools, graduating with a class of seven in 1945.

As she was growing up, Morris spent summers studying voice, piano and pipe organ at the University of Nebraska under Dr. Westbrook and Mme. Rosa Raisa, a Chicago opera star and at McPhail School of Music in Chicago, Lamont School of Music in Denver and at music camp one summer at Interlochen, Mich., at the International School of Music and under the direction of Maestro James Wolfe of New York City.

After graduation May 17, 1945, Morris entered the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clydee, Mo., June 12, 1945, as a postulant. She was accepted as a novice Dec. 8, 1945, taking the white veil until Oct. 27, 1947, when she was dismissed because of acute asthma as health reasons.

On Dec. 1, 1947, she married Elmer Frank Morris of Brady in the Chapel of Season in St. Joseph, Mo. They were engaged in farming south of Brady at that time.

To this union five children were born with three living, Roy Albert Morris, Catherine Louise Wilkenson and Randolph Earl Morris.

Morris worked as a nurse's aide for 35 years in hospitals and nursing homes in Nebraska, Montrose, Colo., and Craig. She also did some private nursing and was a C.C.D. instructor in the Catholic church.

She is survived by her children Randolph (Theresa) Morris, of Lakewood, Colo., Roy (Colleen) Morris, of Montrose, and Catherine L. Wilkenson, of Neosho, Mo.; and nine grandchildren.

Services were April 10, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel in Craig with Fr. Roger Lascelle officiating. The organist was Anne Carr and the soloist was Wanda Brown. Selections were "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."

Pallbearers were Randy Morris, Shane Morris, Sarah Morris, Roy Morris, Spencer Morris and Elizabeth Crockett.

Honorary pallbearers were all her many friends.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery.

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