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CHLORIS (CORKY) ARLENE MORRIS Chloris (Corky) Arlene Morris was born in Delphos, Iowa on July 17, 1928 and went to be with the Lord on April 20, 2016. She lived in Corydon, Iowa while growing up. In 1947, after marrying her high school sweetheart, Jerald Dene Kesterson, they moved to Yakima, Washington. The Kesterson's moved to Kennewick in 1957. She met and married Gordon Morris in 1977 and moved to Richland where she lived in her dream home until recently. She worked at Kennewick General Hospital and Kadlec Medical Center in accounts receivable for many years. She was one of the most giving, sweetest, kindest, and caring women you'd ever want to meet with a heart that loved her family very, very much. (Some even called her a "saint.") She loved spending time working in her yard with all the plants, shrubs and flowers and delighted in feeding all the birds and squirrels that came to visit, as well as gazing at all the beautiful sunsets from her patio. She had a green thumb and enjoyed caring for her "jungle" of house plants. She enjoyed spending time with her husband at their summer home at Twin Lakes on the Colville Indian Reservation for many years. She looked forward to her walks looking at and picking wildflowers, as well as an occasional mushroom, spending time on the deck overlooking the lake while feeding the birds and squirrels by hand, as well as watching all the other wildlife around, and fishing (especially when she caught the biggest one!). She is survived by her husband of almost 39 years, Gordon Morris, sons Ken Kesterson of Richland, David Kesterson of Colville, and Mark Kesterson of Pasco, step-children Sandra Morris of Kennewick and Ron Morris of Richland, grandchildren Gray Kesterson of Pasco, Chance Kesterson of Colville, Holly Morris of Centralia, and Jamie Morris of Richland, great-granddaughter Finley Stidham, and sisters Susie Seals of Boonville, Missouri, Lois McDonald of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Jeanne Robison of Sioux City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Reynolds. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. There will be no service other than a celebration of life with her family. Smart Cremation is responsible for the final arrangements. Baby's boat the silver moon Sailing in the sky Sailing o'er the sea of sleep, While the clouds float by. Sail, Baby, sail Out upon that sea, Only don't forget to sail Back again to me. Baby's fishing for a dream, Fishing near and far, His line a silver moonbeam is, His bait a silver star. Sail, Baby, sail Out upon that sea, Only don't forget to sail Back again to me. "The Slumber Boat" (Written by Alice Riley and published in 1898)
Published in Tri-City Herald on Apr. 29, 2016