Decatur Herald & Review
RoseMarie Hufford Morris, 83 of Cerro Gordo/Oakley died Saturday September 10, 2011, in Decatur Memorial Hospital from heart disease and complications from dialysis.
RoseMarie Hufford was born August 31, 1928, in Oakley Township, daughter of John L. Hufford and Vesta L. Carberry Hufford-Tate.
She graduated from Bois-De'Arc grade school in 1942 and was crowned Corn Queen in 1944. She graduated valedictorian from Mt. Zion High School in 1946. She attended Millikin University for two years, where she had plans to be a teacher.
She married John H. "Bub" Morris Jr., who had joined the Navy in 1943 and served 22 years. As a Navy wife, she had the opportunity to travel throughout the world in places like Norfolk, VA., Great Lakes, IL., Panama Canal Zone, San Diego, CA., Hong Kong, Morocco, Bellingham, Washington, Subic Bay, Philippines, Yokohama Japan, where she climbed Mt. Fuji. She returned to Illinois in 1965 and lived in Oakley and Cerro Gordo.
She worked for Park Inn, Piggly Wiggly, Tollys, Borg-Warner and retired from the Post Office after 28 years. After retirement, she pursued her hobbies and worked part-time at the Christmas Tree farm. She and her husband built and moved into their dream home. She made custom gifts for her family, such as quilts, ceramics and paintings. She served out her husband's term as Oakley Township trustee and then she was re-elected for a second term in 1997-2005.
Surviving are her sons, Jerry and wife Fran of Cerro Gordo, Gary of Peoria, daughter Janice Devlin and husband Edward of Virginia Beach, VA., grandchildren, Juli Lynn Morris Stump and husband Justin of Cerro Gordo, Jenny Michelle Morris McCarty and husband Jason of Oakley, Jami Morris of Cerro Gordo, Timothy Patrick Devlin, Kelly Lynette Devlin, Eric Morris Devlin of Virginia Beach, VA., great-grand children: Jordyn Marie Stump and Joshua Allen Stump of Cerro Gordo, Jadyn Nichole McCarty of Oakley, brother J. Roger Hufford and wife Donna of Decatur. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Virginia Lee Hufford Adcock and her beloved dog Molly.
The family would like to thank Dr. Stephen Goetter and his staff for their support.
Memorials may be made to (ASPCA) American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Homeward Bound or to the Long Creek United Methodist Church.