MARIANNE MORRIS

Marianne Elizabeth Morris  
Our bright and shining star, Marianne Elizabeth Morris passed on February 15, 2018, breaking the hearts of everyone who knew and loved her.  Marianne was born at Sibley Memorial Hospital on June 14, 1967 and grew up in Bethesda, MD. She attended Bradley Elementary School, and North Bethesda Junior High School, graduating from Walt Whitman High School in 1985. After briefly enrolling at Montgomery County Community College, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning both Bachelors and Juris Doctor degrees. Residing in Milwaukee, Marianne became a shareholder in the law firm now known as Crivello Carlson. Returning to the Washington, DC area, she worked briefly at the Department of Housing and Urban Development before relocating to Hagerstown where she worked for the firm of Ira Cooke Law. She is survived by her husband, Donald O'Dell; her beloved daughter, Emily Elizabeth Belke; her loving mother, Elizabeth Morris; siblings, Thomas Morris and Catherine Morris; a niece, Elizabeth MacGregor; her godmother, Elisabeth Barrett and innumerable friends. A marriage to Paul Belke ended in divorce. In her last decade, Marianne struggled with an opioid addiction, which had devastating effects on her life and the lives of those who loved and supported her. Acknowledgement of Marianne's addiction is important for her family to share in the hopes that this conversation may help save the lives of others living with this disease.
Published by The Washington Post on Feb. 20, 2018.
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Marianne:
You are never forgotten. I often think of you and always with a smile. You will forever remain in my heart and in my thoughts.
Love, Mary Anne.
Mary Bauer
February 17, 2021
Marianne:
You are always remembered in my heart and my prayers. I miss you. You were a true friend to me and a great boss. I will always remember you. Love, Mary Anne
Mary Bauer
February 14, 2019
You will be greatly missed, my friend.

Laurie Lampe
Laurie Lampe
Friend
June 11, 2018
She was my hero.
Nathan Rust
March 21, 2018
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)
February 24, 2018
Thank you for allowing us to meet you and your lovely daughter Emily. We will miss you around the Grosvenor.
February 22, 2018
So proud that you all are sharing Marianne's addiction. I am organizing a program to urge no jail for addiction but medical treatment for a medical problem. My feeling is that the sooner we as a society realize that good, capable, smart friends can get caught up in addiction the sooner we can help. Our grandson is recovering (hopefully) from addiction to heroin and I have formed a group "jail no more" to try to get medical treatment for addicts. Sooner we all realize that no matter how fine a family you come from or how smart you may be you can become an addict and be caught in a awful web from which there is little hope of escaping. Love, Barbara
barbara summers
Friend
February 21, 2018
I met Marianne in the 7th grade and now some 35 years later I can honestly say she was one of a kind. A voracious reader, caustically sharp, and a barrel of laughs. We had so many good times together. We went on to college, law school and a fair amount of turmoil together. Her Irish family and my Ethiopian family saw the decades roll by and we were both truly blessed. I will miss her dearly. She'd abhor the cliche - but she was the ying to my yang. Best friends forever. Rest In Peace Mari. All my love to her family.
Tizeta Wodajo
February 21, 2018
Profound sadness on the loss of this beautiful soul. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
February 20, 2018
We loved her, simple as that. Her family. And thanks to all who also cared. Much appreciated. Love always.
Elizabeth Morris
Mother
February 20, 2018
My deepest sympathy to her brother Tommy Morris, who my brother and I knew very well as kids, and the entire Morris family. I sit here shocked over the news. We only recently reconnected on social media and cannot imagine the grief her family is going through. My prayers go out to the entire Morris family.

Strat Cavros
Strat Cavros
February 20, 2018
I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for shedding light and spreading awareness of addiction so that the stigma is lessened for others.
Marcia W.
February 20, 2018
Marianne - Everyone whose lives you touched loved you and will always love you. You will always be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. It was a pleasure having you as a boss. You were a wonderful woman and a good friend. I will never forget you. My heartfelt sympathy to your family and especially to Emily. May she always know you're here in spirit with all of us.....forever...Love, Mary Anne
Mary Anne Bauer
February 20, 2018
I'm sorry to read about the passing of your beloved Marianne. Thank you for your honesty regarding her struggles with addiction...I pray and have faith this shall help many....my heartfelt condolences for your tremendous loss....
A,stranger who cares
February 20, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 comfort your family.
February 20, 2018
Dear Family of Marianne Morris,
I'm so sorry for your loss and appreciate you sharing Marianne's potential as well as the the tragic role of opioid addition in her life. May her memory and your openness bring more support to others, I never knew Marianne but grew up in Montgomery County and attended MCPS in the same era and felt moved to offer condolences. With sympathy, Phyllis
Phyllis Caldwell
February 20, 2018
All of her colleagues and friends at Crivello Carlson will miss her very much. She was smart, funny and beautiful. We will never forget her.
February 20, 2018
We send our deepest sympathies to Marianne's family and friends. This is such a hard time- we hope you can find strength together to bear this heavy burden, and to help Emily, in time, move forward.

Your bravery in openly discussing the addiction that Marianne fought is a true sign of the family's love for others. We need to find some way to stem this tide of addiction. Keeping it in the sunlight is a great first step.

Love to you all!
Henry & Laura Hirsch
February 20, 2018
Deepest sympathy to Marianne's entire family. I had the privilege of knowing Marianne for several years when I was a new attorney at her law firm. Her good natured, unassuming personality was always a bright light. So sorry to hear about her struggles. Agree that more needs to be done.
Sally Bruch
February 20, 2018
I did not know Marianne but after reading the obituary my heart goes out for your family. Opioid addiction is real and nothing to be ashamed of. I was so impressed with your willness to bring attention to the disease of addiction.
Robert Lubran
February 20, 2018
Marianne and I were friends and colleagues during her Milwaukee days. I'm deeply saddened by this terrible news. My sincere condolences to the family. My heart especially goes out to her daughter Emily, of whom she was so proud and about whom I've heard so many wonderful things over the years. May your memories of happy times together bring you comfort and peace.
Carmen Anderson
February 20, 2018
My condolences to the family. May the peace of God and the fond memories you cherish comfort and sustain you in your time of need.
-RM
February 20, 2018
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