Velma Morris

Posted Online: April 04, 2014, 5:53 pm
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Velma M. Morris, 80, of Milan, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, March 31, 2014, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.
Services for Velma will be 11 a.m. Monday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Andalusia Cemetery. Memorials may be to the Andalusia Volunteer Ambulance.
Velma was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Hanover, Ill., to Harold and Florence Suck.
In her younger years, Velma enjoyed riding horses and was a trick rider for many years. She graduated from Hanover High School in 1951 and married Neal Morris on Sept. 28, 1951. They were married 54 years.
Velma also was an avid bowler and card player. She worked for John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, for many years from which she retired. In her retirement years, she enjoyed taking cruises to the tropics with her husband, Neal, and friends.
She is survived by sisters-in-law, Florence Sanders and Belle Epperson; an aunt, Vonda (Sanderson) Bailey; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.
Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Neal; brother, Lester (Pete) Sanders; and sisters, Donna Jean Huckstep and Edna Mae Suck.
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