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MORRIS – Rose Elaine Morris, born on July 20, 1941, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family Wednesday, May 21, 2008, following a long illness.
She had no equal as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend and mentor. Her family was her lifelong passion. She and Don married in 1959, following a friendship and courtship that began in sixth grade at Liberty Elementary in Rocky Ford, Colo. They settled into a rickety, scary-looking house. Don went to work for the U.S. Postal Service and Elaine began creating the first of several homes for her family. Several years later when Don decided to pursue a college degree at New Mexico State University, she packed up the house, kids Dawn and Kelly, and again created a home for them. A few years later, son Chris was born and the family settled into married student life in Las Cruces.
As student-parents, there was little money for extras, but Elaine excelled at making an open, loving home where everyone was welcome and the cookie jar was always full of the results of her amazing baking. In 1971, the family moved to Los Alamos. Elaine worked for Los Alamos Public Schools and various groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory and continued to support the many activities of her family. She worked tirelessly for the Democrats, girls’ softball teams, the LAHS Drill Team, her children’s classrooms and more than a few high school sports teams. Classmates of her kids were always exceptionally well-fed, entertained and delighted when Elaine was the class party coordinator — those baking skills at work, once again.
In 1988, with all the kids now gone from home, Elaine followed Don to Tucson where he worked for the Arizona State Governor’s Office. While there she pursued her long-held interest in law and completed a paralegal degree. She worked for the Pima County Prosecutor’s Office for a short while. She put her legal skills and community interests to work when they returned to Los Alamos and she was elected magistrate judge in 1992. She continued pursuing many volunteer activities that supported children in need, animals, and as always, the activities of her family. After the Cerro Grande fire, Elaine created the last home for her family, moving into it in 2003 and retiring as judge shortly thereafter. After retirement, Elaine and Don enjoyed traveling and entertaining extensively at home. She loved to spend time in her quilting room and in her garden. She will be missed dearly by so many, but particularly by her husband Don; daughter Dawn and son-in-law, Louis Jalbert of Los Alamos; son Kelly and wife Carolyn of Dallas; son Chris and wife Kim of Boulder; eight grandchildren: Elyse, Amanda, Lauren, Cecelie, Michael, Jeromy, Heath and Joseph; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers and their spouses, Charles and Nancy Williams, and Jeff and Janet Williams; sister-in-law and spouse, Carol June and Don Wilkins; brother-in-law and spouse, Eddie and Claudine Morris; and many, many loved nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2008, at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. Memorial contributions can be directed to Del Norte Credit Union Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. The family of Rose Elaine Morris has placed their trust in DeVargas Funeral Home of the Espaola Valley: 505-747-7477 or 1-877-747-3600.