Eloise Williams Morris
July 5, 1927 Ė Dec. 22, 2011
Williams Morris, longtime Waukesha resident, died unexpectedly on
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at her home at Avalon Square at the age of 84.
Eloise was born on July 5, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of
Raymond Scoresby and Mary (nee Benes) Williams. She was a 1945 graduate of
Lincoln High School in Milwaukee and then graduated from Carroll College
in 1949 with a bachelorís degree in Bible. After raising her family, she
obtained her librarian certificate from UW-Whitewater and then obtained a
masterís degree from UW-La Crosse in educational media. On Sept. 4, 1954
she married John Lewis Morris at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in
Milwaukee; he preceded her in death on Aug. 29, 2008. Prior to her
marriage, Eloise worked at the Waukesha Public Library and later worked
for 20 years as a librarian at Lakeside Elementary School in Hartland.
Always dedicated to her community, Eloise was a member of many community
organizations. She was a member of the Waukesha Symphony Auxiliary/League
where she sold dolls to help raise money for music scholarships and was
honored as a "First Lady." She was a member of the Waukesha
County Historical Society where she was awarded the Libbie Nolan Award and
was on the editorial board of the "Landmark Magazine." Always
interested in genealogy, Eloise was the Davies family historian and
traveled to Wales and the Czech Republic to do research, was a founding
member of the Waukesha County Genealogical Society where she earned a
service award, and she also held the family history sessions at Avalon
Manor for over 20 years. As a member of the Friends of the Waukesha Public
Library, she was on the committee for the first expansion of the library.
Eloise was a founding member and past president of the P.E.O Chapter BM
and a current member of Chapter AQ. She was a member of the Welsh Club of
Greater Milwaukee where she enjoyed assisting at special events and was a
member of the Waukesha County St. Davidís Society where she was the
first female president. A strong woman of faith, Eloise was a member of
First Presbyterian Church where she was co-president with her husband John
of the Mariners for over 15 years and was a member of the church choir for
over 50 years.
Eloise is lovingly survived by her children: Leslie Raymond (Mary) Morris,
Dr. Cathleen Ann (the late Ron Peters) Morris, both of Waukesha, and
Robert John (Lita) Morris of Murfreesboro, Tenn., as well as her
grandchildren: Kathryn, Brandon and Brittany. Also surviving are her
sister Shirley (the late James) Howard of Menomonee Falls and
brother-in-law and sister-in-law David (Sacia) Morris of Onalaska along
with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to her
husband, she was preceded in death by her son Richard David Morris in
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 from 11 a.m. until the
2 p.m. funeral service at First Presbyterian Church, 810 N. East Ave.,
Waukesha. The Rev. Nicole Farley and the Rev. Don Clarke will preside.
Graveside services will immediately follow at Jerusalem Cemetery in Wales.
If desired, memorials are appreciated to Carroll University, 100 N. East
Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, to Avalon Square, 222 Park Place, Waukesha, WI
53186 or to Cottey College (P.E.O. Sisterhood), 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO
For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation
and Preplanning Services at 262-547-4035 or go to
directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.