Margery Morris died at the home early Thursday morning, June 19, 2008, in Jefferson City. A loving mother and grandmother, a gifted, and classy lady, she will be greatly missed by her beloved family and friends.
Margery was born to Lola Tuttel Lott and George Lott in Cape Girardeau on April 1, 1923. She graduated from Risco High School in 1940 and from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College in Springfield in 1944 with a BS in Education, concentrating in English literature. She was noted in the 1943-1944 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She attended Missouri University Law School from 1944-1946, the only female in her class and received an LLB (now J.D.) in 1944. She was an invited member to the Kappa Beta Pi Legal Sorority in February 1946.
She was employed as a legal researcher in the Missouri State Legislative Research, Capitol Building in Jefferson City, starting in 1947, where she worked with state legislators to capture their proposals into written bills, using legal terms and precise language, which would then be presented to the General Assembly. Her legal expertise was in education, and she worked with the legislators on the education bills between 1961 and 1963 when most of Missouri's education laws were rewritten. She had the honor of working with Senator Thomas Eagleton at the time he was a member of the Legislative Research Committee. She attained the status of senior counselor with the Missouri Bar in 1997, after 50 years of membership.
Margery was married to Mont Ellis Adamson, a fellow SMS college mate, on June 7, 1946. Mr. Adamson died in February 1960. On April 1, 1967, she married M.E. Morris, former Missouri State Treasurer and Director of Revenue. Mr. Morris died in July 1988.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Mark Adamson and Terri; one daughter, Megan Adamson; two grandchildren, Mark Adamson and Ben Adamson; also cousins, Roberta Perkins, Guy and Judy Perkins, Tyler and Cindy Perkins, Dylan, Garret, and Evan Perkins.
During her retirement years from the 1980's to the present, she actively participated in community and church activities, and continued to actively volunteer her time and expertise. In 1985-1986, she volunteered her time to the Jefferson City Charter Commission as the editor for the charted drafting, Resolution RS 86-4. Throughout the 1990's, she was active in various roles with the 1st United Presbyterian Church of Jefferson City, including the researching, drafting and editing of the Charter Revision for the Presbyterian Women, from 1997-1998, during the time that her vision was fading from macular degeneration.
Margery continued to enjoy learning and the arts during retirement. She enjoyed ceramics classes for seniors, and was a member of the Richardson Auditorium Fine Arts series and the Morning Music Club. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels, and for St. Mary's and Memorial Hospital Auxiliaries. She had enjoyed gardening at home and delighted in the exciting MU-KU Football Bowl game on TV, this past season.
Graveside service will be conducted on Saturday June 28, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Bernie Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the 1st United Presbyterian Church, Madison St., Jefferson City, Missouri.