Flossie E. "Granny" Yancey Morris, 76, of Rushville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 2:05 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at home surrounded by family.
She was born in Sullivan, to John and Julia Locke Yancey on Sept. 27, 1935. She married Franklin Fair in Beardstown, who passed away in 1959. She then married Paul L. Morris in Beardstown, on Oct. 15, 1960, and he survives.
They have five children, Jan (husband, Tony) Williams of Jacksonville, Rick (wife, Cara) Morris of Virginia, Roger Morris of Stonefort, Ruth (husband, Steve) Hurt of Mackinaw and Paul Leon (wife, Misty) Morris of Rushville. There are 10 surviving grandchildren, Christy Turner, Katie (Rob) Swaner, Tiffany Williams, Faren Williams, Collin Morris, Valerie (Justin) Shoemaker, Kelly Jo (Patrick) McGrath, Cody Morris, Abby Morris and Adam Hulvey. Nine great-grandkids also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, John "Bud" Yancey Jr., Charlie Yancey and Walter Leon Yancey.
Flossie was known as Granny by many in her community for her caring ways and from her ownership of the Christian bookstore, Granny's Love 'N Stuff, in Rushville. She devoted her life to taking care of others, including 13 foster children and many foreign students from Western Illinois University who found a second home at the Morris farm. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1971 from WIU and her Masters in Science in Education Administration in 1978. Mrs. Morris taught school in Astoria, Timewell, Beardstown and Rushville. She lived her life as a servant of the faith she followed daily. She will be missed by many. She is a member of the Astoria Christian Church.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastors Gary Sheets and Brandon Llewellyn officiating. Interment will be at Rushville City Cemetery. Calling hours will begin at 2 p.m. today with family visitation from 5-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to either Shiloh Christian Children's Ranch, P.O. Box 606, Shelbina, MO 63468 or Lamoine Christian Service Camp, 2760 E. Country Road 1600, Tennessee, IL 62374. In lieu of flowers the family wants to honor Granny's request to have children's shoes sent or brought to the funeral home to be donated to children in need. Private condolences and expressions of sympathy may be left at www.worthingtonfh.com
. Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on September 14, 2012