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Linda (Morris) Elsey Obituary
Linda Morris Elsey, 77, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
Service: Was held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 800 West 5th St. Fort Worth.
Linda was born Linda Claire Chalker on November 12, 1940 to Alene Reynolds Chalker and Robert Warren Chalker in Cisco, Texas.
Linda was raised in Abilene, Texas, attending Alta Vista Elementary, South Junior High and Abilene High School. Linda attended Baylor University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education to become a teacher.
In December 1961 she married Mike Liles, of Tyler, Texas, who was an undergraduate student at Baylor University. Linda started her elementary school teaching career while Mike earned a law degree at Baylor Law School. They moved to Brownfield before living in Galveston, where son Todd Liles was born.
They moved to Fort Worth in 1966, where Linda made her permanent home, and a daughter, Laura Liles in 1967.
In 1974, Linda met Jack B. Morris, and they were together for the next 30 years, where they shared a wonderful marriage and life with their family. Linda retired from teaching to focus solely on her family while Jack grew his successful company, MP Industries. She had a love of gourmet cooking, reading and serving on various nonprofit boards. They bought a second home in Ruidoso, NM, where Linda had vacationed as a child, and she and Jack spent summers with those they loved. Each year Linda and Jack travelled extensively, sharing a lifetime of wonderful experiences together.
Together, their love of others and desire to help those most in need led them to create The Morris Foundation of Fort Worth in 1986. Their mission was to help the disadvantaged in Fort Worth and Tarrant county in the areas of education, social services and healthcare. Linda continued to serve the public on various boards over many years, while she and Jack funded hundreds of programs, scholarships, endowed chairs and physical spaces in the area. After Jack's passing in 2004, Linda continued to build upon their legacy as the sole trustee of the Foundation, and on the boards she served.
Linda married David Elsey, of Rockport, Texas in 2007. Linda and David had known each other in high school and reconnected at a class reunion. David, a former Army officer, White House Presidential Staff Communications Officer, and National Space Program Manager, married Linda in 2007. They spent the past eleven years together in Fort Worth, Ruidoso and traveling-enjoying life together.
Linda is survived by husband David, children Todd and Laura, David's son, Mitch Elsey of Ruidoso and children KD, Zech, and Leah; David's daughter Lee Hutchinson husband Danny and their children Abigail Fletcher and husband Jake, and great-granddaughter Avery, and Samuel Hutchinson and wife Emily.
Linda is also survived by her family with Jack, son-in-law Bill Uhr and wife Marzena of Dallas, granddaughter Sheila Page and husband Derek of Fort Worth, and great grandchildren Chevy, Caroline and Allison Goff; grandson Thomas Uhr of Austin, and great grandchildren Alexandra, Jack, Anna Katherine Uhr. Daughter Michelle Piotrowski and husband Andy of Scottsdale, and granddaughters Rachel and Jacque Piotrowski and four-legged children, dogs Annabelle and Lucy.
Linda led a life devoted to her family, and those in need. She was a most loving, kind, positive and caring soul. She always comported herself with grace and dignity. Linda's life of generosity to and care for others will live on in the hearts of those she loved and the many others whose lives have been and will be enriched by her and Jack's legacy for generations to come.
Published in Ruidoso News on July 11, 2018
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