Elsie M. Raymond Morris 1918-2020

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. — Elsie Margaret “Peggy” Raymond Morris, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, a month before her 102nd birthday.

She was born Dec. 16, 1918, in New Castle, Pa., to Edward A. and Gertrude Mores Raymond.

Peggy’s maternal grandmother, Martha Sage, was a descendant of John Sage, who emigrated to the U.S. in 1692 from Wales. The Sage lineage includes Colonel Augustus Sage, a captain in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Peggy grew up in Youngstown and graduated from South High School in 1936. While at home, she was active in Girl Scouts and at Evergreen Presbyterian Church. She was a talented seamstress and made clothes for her dolls and most of her own clothes starting in junior high school.

After high school, Peggy completed a business course and worked as a stenographer.

She married Richard “Dick” Davies Morris, from Vienna in 1941. While her husband served in the Philippines during World War II, Peggy moved with a few other war wives to Palm Beach, Fla. and continued to work there as a secretary. After the war, Peggy and Dick lived in Vienna and Howland (Warren), where they raised three children, attended Howland Community Church, and enjoyed their many friends and family. Peggy also studied art at Youngstown State University after her children were grown.

When Peggy and Dick divorced, she headed west to start over in Palm Springs, Calif. She made a courageous move there alone in 1976 and worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs until retirement in 1984. She lived independently until the age of 97 and spent her time visiting thrift shops, fixing up her home and socializing with her friends at Sahara Mobile Home Park. She spent her last days at a board and care facility in Cathedral City, where she was well taken care of by several wonderful ladies.

Peggy was a thoughtful and opinionated person, known for her humor and wit. She was fiercely independent and patriotic and always sought to live by traditional American values.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Seymour J. Raymond and Edward W. Raymond.

She is survived by her three children, Lynne Morris of New York City, John Morris of Clarion, Pa. and Holly Morris (Renee Holoien) from Minneapolis, Minn.; and by one granddaughter, Gladys Morris of New York City.

The family would like to thank the Gerada family and all the caregivers at Gerada Home in Cathedral City for their loving care and attention to Peggy.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Tributes or sympathy notes can be sent to Holly Morris, 222 2nd Street SE Unit 301, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

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