"Dignity without Compromise"




Hazel Morris

Longtime Okmulgee resident Hazel Morris, devoted mother and loving friend, went to be with her Lord on February 19. She was 59.

She is survived by her two sons, Danny Morris and Jerry Morris; her mother, Pauline Morrow; her sister, Angela Young; her sisterís children, Danielle Young and Reid Young; and Dusty, the family dog. She is preceded in death by her husband Jerry Morris and her father, Daniel Morrow. She leaves behind numerous other family members and beloved friends.

In January 2006, Hazel retired from Okmulgee Memorial Hospital, where she worked for more than thirty years. During her career in the business office and other administrative posts, she was involved in several community and civic endeavors, including the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, the Womenís Health Forum, CASA, and the Okmulgee Safehouse.

She spent most of her time fulfilling her main passion in life-spending time with her family. Other interests included classic Hollywood movies, home decorating and design television programs, television game shows, vacationing in the Ozark Mountains, and listening to Gospel music.

Hazel was a woman of great faith and her belief in and love for God defined who she was. She treasured the wonderful friendships and fellowship from years of attending Crosstown Pentecostal Holiness Church and First Assembly of God Church in Okmulgee. She was active in church most of her life until declining health in recent years prevented her from attending. In recent years, she faithfully watched and was ministered to by the broadcasts of Billy Graham, Adrian Rogers, and Joel Osteen.

Hazelís was a life well-lived and a life of purpose that fulfilled what God called her to do. She was a loving mother to her two sons and a trusted and caring friend to countless individuals. She was the worldís best mom and she had a tremendous heart and sweet spirit. Family and friends will truly miss her, yet we rejoice in knowing she is home at last, in Heaven.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 23, 2007 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel with Reverends David Burrows and Raymond Doke officiating. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery. The casket will remain closed. Memorials in Hazelís name may be sent to the House of Hope, P.O. Box 451585, Grove, OK 74345-1585.