Rita Jean Morris

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Rita Jean Morris, age 82, of Cartersville, Georgia, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

Born December 22, 1939, she is the daughter of the late Homer Lee and the late Henrietta (Cox) Lee. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Calvin Day, her second husband, John Oliver (JO) Morris, stepson Jeffery Lynn Morris, as well as numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her and Kenneth’s children, Timothy (LaWanda) Day, Rhonda (Kevin) Franklin, granddaughter Charity (Justin) Jones and great granddaughters Emma Jones and Ivy Jones; her stepchildren with JO, Johnny (Lynn) Morris, Vivian (Dan) Ritter, Tony (Jeanine) Morris, Angelia (Lee) Woodie and Myra Oliver and a large host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; her Sister Dora (Lee) Forsyth and Sister in Law, Idella (Cabe) Lee.

Rita spent her last days comfortably watching "Gunsmoke" and doing search a word puzzles with her cat Missy.

Rita was a dedicated and meticulous homemaker and skilled seamstress. If there was ever a picture, card, or document needed, she could lay her hands on it without a problem. Rita began her seamstress career at a very young age working in clothing factories in Cartersville and Acworth. For years, she made the majority of her and her family’s clothes. Later on, she teamed up with her sister Dora to sew children’s clothing, clogging dresses and pageant dresses in her home.

She enjoyed watching the birds eating from the feeder outside the back door and the hummingbirds flying around the front porch. Before becoming ill, she enjoyed fishing, boating, and trips to Florida. Some of her fondest memories were of trips with Kenneth their children to Florida and the Smoky Mountains and trips taken with JO to Niagara Falls, Canada, Grand Tetons and Yellow Stone.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Rev. Joey Phillips officiating. Internment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers: Johnny Lee, Johnny Morris, Lee Woodie, Michael Forsyth, Grant Blalock and Ray Quinn.
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