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Mary I. Morris

Jul 3, 2012 - Staff

Mary I. Morris, 68, of Riverton, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Mike Smith will officiate. There will be a viewing starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday before the services.

Mary Irene Jenkins was born Feb. 14, 1944, in Red Cloud, Neb., to Byron Wayne Jenkins and Genevieve Mary Fountain. She was a 1962 graduate of Briggsdale Colorado High School.

Mary married Bill Ora Snyder on Dec. 23, 1963, in Greeley, Colo. Together they had two children, Michael and Renee. They divorced after 29 years. She then married Larry James Morris on June 20, 1992, in Scottsbluff, Neb. He preceded her in death Jan. 13, 2002.

Mary was of the Baptist faith.

She started her working career at the age of 10, when she was the janitor at the Briggsdale Baptist Church. She had many careers including driving a school bus, a Mountain Bell operator, a secretary for the mining industry in Gas Hills, an executive secretary and executive housekeeper for Holiday Inn, and she worked for Holly Sugar, and worked at both Riverton Home Care and Little Wind Hospice.

She was also active in volunteer work, she was in the Military Officers Wives' Club, Cookie Ladies, in which she made goods and visited veterans in the hospital, made receiving blankets for Abba's House, was on bowling leagues, was a den mother for Brownies, was a Red Cross volunteer and was involved with the DYA, youth organization through military for sports.

She loved to cook, bake, make rugs, volunteer, help those in need with shelter and commodities, taking care of family and friends through terminal illness, and most of all loved her garden and teaching her family gardening and canning.

She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife Sheila of Riverton; her daughter, Renee Snyder of Greybull; grandchildren Grace, Christopher, Taylor and Noah Snyder all of Riverton; brother Byron Jenkins of Greeley, Colo.; sister Alice McCarty and husband David of Morgan, Texas; aunt Dollie Lash of California; uncle Jack Fountain and wife Penny of Red Cloud, Neb.; sister-in-law Karen Koenig of Gering, Neb.; sister of heart, Linda Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather Lawrence "L.C." Carter; husband Larry Morris; mother-in-law Arlene Morris; and grandparents Ava and Ray Fountain and Etla and Lloyd Fewell; brother Richard Ivie.

Memorial may be made to Amedisys Hospice or the Riverton Senior Center.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com) of Riverton.

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