Estella Elizabeth Morris, 89, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in Amarillo. A graveside service will be Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Llano Cemetery with Rev. Charles Jones, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Estella was born August 11, 1922 in Austin County, Texas, the fourth child and only daughter of Basil Jon and Ella Garnett. The family moved to Hansford County, Texas, in 1931 and Estella graduated from Spearman High School in 1940, as Valedictorian of her class. She received a scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, and while attending the University she met Tom Morris, a law student. They were married June 14, 1943, in the middle of World War II, while he was serving as a Naval aviator. She continued her education at the University and graduated in 1945, with highest honors, receiving a B.S. degree in home economics and nutrition. She was a member of the Omicron Nu Honor Society.
When World War II was over and Tom returned to the University to complete his law degree, Estella worked as a laboratory technician for the Texas Health Department for two years, and when she and Tom moved to Amarillo in 1949, she worked as a laboratory technician for the Amarillo City Health Department until her first child was born in 1952. Thereafter, her primary focus was on her family but she continued her interest in education and was an active member of the American Association of University Women, serving one term as President and hosting the State Convention in Amarillo. She did volunteer work at the Amarillo Museum of Art for nearly twenty years, was a member of Docents and was a Chairman of that group for one year. She was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School while her children were in school.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Stanley Garnett, Wesley Garnett, and Howard Garnett and their wives .
Her survivors include her husband, Tom Morris, a daughter, Linda Willard and husband David, and a daughter, Vicki Fineran and husband Martin; five grandchildren, Sheena Fineran , Mallorie Benjamin, Skye Fineran, Autumn Fineran and Auroelle Fineran; three nephews, Howard Stanley Garnett, Wesley Garnett, Jr., and Jon Michael Garnett; one niece, Lynn Riley, and numerous grandnephews and nieces. On Tom’s side of the family, she is survived by brothers-in-law, Minter I. (Jack) Morris, Ennis R. (Tut) Morris, and sisters-in-law, Alice Willis and Lois Morris; nephews- in -law, Jimmy Morris, Dean Morris, Keith Morris and Thomas Willis; nieces-in-law, Elizabeth Roof, Lynette Morris, Patti Noel, Alice Link, Deborah Escobar and Leigh Ann Roma.
Estella loved her friends, too numerous to name, but she wanted to express her appreciation to some special friends, Lynn and Irvin Wall, Betty Sterquell, Gwen Patterson, Enid Bates and Allegra Bush, and to the staffs at Bivins Memorial Nursing Home, Childer’s Place and BSA Hospice who cared for her in her last years of declining health.
The family requests memorials be to your favorite charity.