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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Barbara Morris, 79, of 91 First St., Bolivar, NY

Barbara Morris
Barbara Morris, 79, of 91 First St., Bolivar, NY, passed away Thursday (Oct. 24, 2013) at home following a brief illness.

Born March 1, 1934, in Olean, she was a daughter of Louis and Aurelia Dean Dunn. On Aug. 3, 1957, in St. Mary's Church in Bolivar, she married Clifton J. Morris, who predeceased her June 7, 2008.

Barbara was a graduate of Bolivar Central School, class of 1952; and State Univeristy of New York College at Fredonia, class of 1956, where she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

She began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher at School No. 1 in Olean. She was later employed as a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Copaique Central School for more than 20 years, retiring in 1989.

Mrs. Morris was a member of St. Mary's Church, where she served as president of the Alter and Rosary Society for many years. She was also a member of the Little Genesee Garden Club and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society of Educators.

She volunteered with the family literacy program through ACCORD Corp., the Head Start program in Bolivar, and the summer reading program at the Bolivar Free Library. Barb created the Little Red Book Shelves in Bolivar and Richburg.

She is survived by four children, James (Sharon) Morris of Douglasville, Ga., Kevin (Barbara) Morris of Coral Springs, Fla., Robert (Yvonne) Morris of Bolivar, and Ellen (Paul) Lowry of Bolivar; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, James (Elizabeth) E. Dunn of Bolivar, and Thomas J. Dunn of Bolivar; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Annemarie Morris in 1984.

Friends may call at from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Schaffner Funeral Home, Inc., Bolivar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday (Oct. 28, 2013) at St. Mary's Church with the Rev. Sean DiMaria, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Bolivar.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Church 111 Wellsville St., Bolivar, NY, 14715, or the Bolivar Fire Department's Ambulance Fund, 460 Main St., Bolivar, NY, 14715.

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