Born in Flagstaff, Arizona, the middle daughter in the family of a college professor, Marjory was outgoing and social. She spent most of her youth in Albion, Michigan. When her father got a position at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, her family relocated and Marjory graduated from Theodore Roosevelt HS. Known for her quick wit and sharp mind, she enjoyed her days as a Theta at Drake University. Marjory met and married Richard Morris, a pharmacy student at Drake.
The couple moved to Glendale, California, and Marjory worked as an elementary school teacher at the Westlake Girls School for a couple of years. After having her first child, Patty, they moved to Canoga Park, CA, and had Betsy, Jennifer, and Tom. Marjory was active with her interest in conservative politics, religion, water skiing, bridge and social events. The family then moved to Northridge, where her last child, Fred, was born. Fred’s birth came quickly and he was delivered by his father at home!
Marjory helped out at the pharmacies, most recently Sea View Pharmacy in San Clemente. The family joined a tennis club and Marjory enjoyed playing tennis. Raising five children was a big job; she ran a strict but loving household. She instilled the importance of eating a healthy and natural diet in the home, and fully involved herself in her children’s sports and art activities, giving her support and tireless time. She became more focused on her Christian faith and her love for her Lord and Savior, leaving a legacy of faith in her family. You could always spot her on Sunday with a hat and beautiful jewelry, matching her coordinated ensemble.
The family moved and lived in San Clemente, CA, for many years, after vacationing here in 1973 and falling in love with the town. Sadly, Marjory and Richard divorced, but she found strength in God, her family and friends and chose to see the glass half full. Marjory enjoyed traveling throughout North America, Europe and parts of Asia. She worked hard at relationships with her family and friends, keeping and loving many of her high school, college and church friends all of her life. Next, Marjory moved to a smaller house in San Clemente after a few years as an empty nester and started developing some health issues. She relished all the seasons and took pride in decorating for every holiday. Finally, Marjory resided at the Villas, where she renewed her zest for life. She enjoyed the security, activities, meals and new friendships.
Marjory is remembered for her honest, determined, devoted spirit. Faith, family and friends carried her to the end of her life. She leaves five children, two sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law, ten grandchildren, two grand daughters-in-law, and two great grandsons. She is survived by sisters Evelyn Shaver of Nebraska, and Sue Kemmerer of Iowa. She will be missed, but we celebrate the beginning of her eternal life.
A service in celebration of the life of Marjory Morris will be held on December 22 at 1:30 PM at South Shores Church, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, Monarch Beach, CA 92629. Gifts in Marjory’s memory may be given to South Shores Church.