Julia Ruth Morse, daughter of the late John and Emma Schwebel Day, was born on Feb. 20, 1916, in Horine, Mo., and died at her home near Essex, Mo., on March 14, 2012, at the age of 96.
Mrs. Morse had lived in St. Louis and Jefferson County before moving to Southeast Missouri 71 years ago. She was a member of the Beech Grove General Baptist Church. She had worked at Maupin's Variety Store for many years.
She was married to Curtis A. Wilson, on March 8, 1941, in Imperial, Mo. He preceded her in death. On September 5, 1948, she married Leonard Earl Morse in Fisk, Mo. He preceded her in death on July 7,1984.
Surviving are three sons and spouses, Curtis A., Jr. and Dianne Wilson of Columbia, S.C., Herman and Sharon Morse of Dexter, David Morse of Essex; five grandchildren, Dee Ann Bales of Utah, Nancy D'Lynn Hatcher of S.C., Curtis Alan Wilson of Ga., Leonard Ethan Morse of Mo., and Erin Meilin Zumdahl of Iowa; fifteen great-grandchildren, Ashley Wiederhold, Robert Wiederhold, Justin Spisak, Austin Spisak, Noah Spisak, Erin Bales, Mason Hatcher, Katherine Hatcher, AnnDee Hatcher, Drew Wilson, Lorelai Wilson, Hayden Morse, Kyle Holladay, Maya Zumdahl, and Piper Zumdahl. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by three brothers in infancy and one brother, Paul Day, and three sisters, Maybelle Huskey, Viola Ebling, and Lucy Weilandich.
Visitation will be on Thursday, March 15, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chiles-Cooper Funer-al Home in Bloomfield, Mo.
Funeral services will be on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Mo., with Rev. Don Lafferty of Bloomfield officiating. Interment will be in the Walker Cemetery near Bloomfield, Mo.