Phyllis Morris

1925 - 2013


Phyllis Mae (Casey) Morris of Milton-Freewater died in Eagle Creek, Ore., on April 17, 2013. She was born in Meacham, Ore., on Nov. 2, 1925, to John Michael and Ruth Hauser Casey. She spent her early life in Meacham. Her father died in 1930 and in 1936 she moved to Milton-Freewater with her mother and sisters. She attended Central School and in 1943 graduated from McLoughlin High School. She married Albert Morris on Feb. 2, 1944. They moved to McNary, Ore., where Al worked on the construction of McNary Dam. They lived in North Richland and Umatilla and moved to Ephrata, Wash., in 1956. She stayed home to raise their three children until going to work in the school in Ephrata in 1960. After returning to Milton-Freewater in 1962, she started her banking career by going to work at Bank of Commerce, where she continued to work until they moved to Centralia, Wash., in 1969. She went to work at Security State Bank in September 1969, working in many capacities. She was secretary to the president of the bank and eventually moved into the auditing department. She became a vice president of the bank, was secretary for the board of directors, along with being senior auditor for the bank. She retired from the bank in 1986, and they returned to the family farm on the North Fork of the Walla Walla River until her death.

Her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was a big part of who she was and she was always active in her local church. She was church treasurer for Bethel Baptist Church in Milton-Freewater for many years and helped in the Awana program and Women’s Missionary Circle. Phyllis was also an active member of Forks Friendship Club after she came back to Milton-Freewater. She loved all kinds of sports, those she participated in such as hunting, fishing, camping and traveling and those she watched: football, tennis and bowling. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting and hand work.

She is survived by her three children, Colleen (Jim) Rogers of Pilot Rock, Ore., John (Diane) Morris of Milton-Freewater, and Pam (Dan) Knifong of Gresham, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; along with her two sisters, Ruth Casey of Gresham and Virginia Heald of Forest Grove, Ore. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Albert; her mother, Ruth Thompson; and sisters, Jean Thompson and Florence Hodge.

A memorial service will be held on May 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church.

Memorial donations can be made to Bethel Baptist Church Awana Program, through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. To leave a condolence online visit


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