Velva A. Morris, the daughter of the late Ben and Lillie Dykes Hardy, was born in Alpena, Ark., on Sept. 26, 1916, and died at the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau on Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at the age of 87.
Mrs. Morris had lived in Arkansas and Bloomfield for many years. She moved to St. Louis for 20 years before moving to Dexter 22 years ago.
Mrs. Morris worked as a book binder and was later employed by Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis until her retirement.
She was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Dexter.
In 1935, she was married to Doy Creed. On Sept. 26, 1980, she was married to Earnest A. Morris in St. Louis, and he preceded her in death in 1986.
Surviving are three daughters, Joyce VanDeutekom of Ballwin, Carolyn McLaughlin of Holt, and Jan Crowley of Dexter; one brother, Curtis Hardy of Dexter; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by one sister, Raffeleta Edwards.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter with Rev. Fred Leist of Dexter officiating.
Interment followed in the North Antioch Cemetery near Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.