Lucile Joyce Morris passed away on Dec. 1.
Joyce was born in Lewiston, Idaho to Kenneth Healy and Lois Turner Healy Burgert. She joined her sister and lifelong best friend Margaret. They grew up during the depression and the Second World War. While her stepfather was serving in Europe her mother worked as a cook in various diners to support the family.
After the end of the war, the family eventually made their way to Burns when her stepfather, C.B. Slim Burgert found work at the Island Ranch and then later Edward Hines Lumber Company.
She graduated from Burns High School in 1950 and in August of that year she and Leland Morris were married. Their first daughter Angela was born in 1953 to be followed by Diana in 1955. Lee and Joyce raised their family in Burns and enjoyed the outdoor opportunities for camping, fishing, hunting and enjoying the beauty with family and friends.
Joyce was also a member of a pinochle club from the 1950s until the early 2000s. There were eight women who met once per month rotating hostess duties. It was always a great pleasure for her to spend the time enjoying friends and cards. Some of the players changed, but many were members to the end. They were Opal Filteau, LaBerta Thompson, Colleen Norton, Pat Sneva. Joyce was also a member of the Peace Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid group. She volunteered for about 40 years at the schools for various programs in both classrooms and in one-on-one student opportunities.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 70 years, Leland; her daughter, Angela (Robert) Eytchison, daughter, Diana (Dennis) Davis; son-in-law, Pat Nearing; grandchildren, Carly Gunderson (Ed Haase), Scott Nearing (Calla); great-grandson, Hunter Haase; sister-in-law, Norma Springston; nephews, Steve (Tami) Springston, Jason (Jennifer), Michael (Mary), Jeff (Irene) Springston, Grant Springston, Mike Burgert, and Pat Burgert; niece, Hannah Springston. One great-niece and two great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Aaron “Sandy” Morris and Gladys Jones Morris; sister, Margaret Elliott; brother, V.W. Billy Burgert; brother-in-law, Bill Springston; great-niece, Erin Springston; and one of Joyce’s special friends, Ann Miller.
In accordance with Joyce’s wishes there will be no funeral service.
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