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04/04/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Nancy Houser Morris

Nancy Lucille Houser Morris
(18 Sept 1917 - 01 Apr 2010)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1935

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   The sad news continues to arrive.  Nancy Houser Morris, Class of @ 1935, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2010 in Harrisonburg at the age of 92.

From the Daily Press - 04/04/10:  

                   Nancy L. Houser Morris

  HARRISONBURG - Nancy Lucille Morris experienced the reality of the miracle of Easter in being welcomed into Heaven on April 1, 2010.

Lucille was born on Sept. 18, 1917 in Richmond, Va., to Samuel William Houser and Mamie Newland Houser. She was youngest of four children; Samuel, Mary, and Bennie.

She attended grammar school at the Jackson School in Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School where she sang in the Glee Club beginning her freshman year.
Lucille worked at Langley Air Force Base for 25 years; one year in supply and 24 years as an Administrative Assistant to the Base Chaplain. She was married on Jan. 1, 1937, in the church parlor of First Presbyterian Church, Newport News to William Clay Morris of Charlottesville, Va., a model maker for NASA at Langley Air Force Base.

She sang in the Newport News Operatic Society, and in Newport News Presbyterian Church choir for 30 years, 25 years in the choir of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, and four years in First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg. She taught Sunday School and served as an Elder of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church.

Lucille moved to Sunnyside Retirement Community in 1988, living in the Highlands. She was the Founding Director of Sunnyside Singers and held the position for 10 years; leading the Singers in programs at Sunnyside and throughout the community.

She is survived by a son, Dr. William Samuel Morris, and wife, Pat, of Kilmarnock, Va.; a daughter, Patricia Funston of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Lucille donated her body to the Anatomical Society of Virginia.

Charitable contributions may be made to Sunnyside Community Fellowship Fund by mail to: Sunnyside Communities, Development Department, 600L University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or online at

A memorial service celebrating the life of was held in Meredith Chapel at Sunnyside Community in Harrisonburg, Va., on April 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from April 4 to April 5, 2010.

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April 5, 2010

Dear Bill and Pat,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Aunt Lucille was such a sweet, sweet spirit. I have such fond memories of visiting with Uncle Bill and your mom, Aunt Mary and Sam. Please accept our prayer of thanksgiving on her entrance to be with our Heavenly Father. Take care.
Cheryl and Roscoe
~ Cheryl Nicholas, Newport News, Virginia



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Morris' entire family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

It Is Well with My Soul

Words by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873
Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1876

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, tho' trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious tho't:
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
"Even so" it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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