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Betty Bryant Morris


1924 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Betty Bryant Morris, age 85, died Thursday night, February 11, 2010, following an extended illness.
Betty was born December 29, 1924, in Lordsburg, New Mexico where her father was an Engineer employed by the Bureau of Reclamation. Betty retired in 1983 after 37 years as an Educator, 31 years of which she spent teaching in the Tucumcari Public Schools. During the first 6 years of her teaching career, she taught in the Quay County communities of McAllister, Montoya, and Wheatland where she met her future husband, Buford (Curly) Bryand. As the last teacher at the Montoya School, she not only the teacher, but the superintendent, principal, and janitor as she joked. She had earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and her Masters' degree from the University of New Mexico. Betty promoted education and the arts in her community as an avid supporter of the Quay Council Arts and Humanities and also was a member of the Tucumcari Public Library Board for which she served 25 years. In later years, she also served on the New Mexico Arts Commission.
Surviving Betty B. Morris is her husband, Thomas G. Morris of Tucumcari; her son, Dr Pat Bryant and wife, Lynne and their children, Christopher and Michaela Bryant all of LaCrosse Wisconsin; her stepchildren, Tommy Morris and wife, Regina and their daughter, Jenna of Tucumcari and Elizabeth Morris of Tucumcari. Also surviving is one sister, Jeanne Hobbs of Bishop, California and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Buford (Curly) Bryant in 1992; by her parents, Wilfred and Lettie Baker and by her brother, Lory Baker.
Graveside services celebrating her life will be Saturday morning, February 20, 2010, beginning at 10:00 AM with Father Gay Welborn, of the St. Michaels Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will follow there in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401, 575 41-3815.
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