Royce Everett Morris
|Posted 2023-11-13 by mhenderson
|Published by Today's News Herald on Nov. 12, 2023 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
(personal article, page 5A)
Longtime Lake Havasu City resident Royce Everett Morris passed away
peacefully at home on September 18, 2023 surrounded by loved ones. Royce
was born on August 19, 1937 in Tyler, Texas to Claud and Edna Morris,
where he spent his early years with his parents and his brother Glenn.
They eventually moved to Southern California and in 1955 Royce began a
45 year career with the McCullough Chain Saw Company and in 1970
relocated to Lake Havasu City when company operations moved there.
Longtime Lake Havasu City resident Sarah Isabella Morris passed away
peacefully at home on September 26, 2023, just 8 days after her husband
Royce, of “broken heart syndrome.” Sarah was born on May 7, 1935 to
Samuel and Sadie Kerr in Drumaghlis, Northern Ireland where she spent
her early years with her siblings (Gladys, Meta, Sam, and Margaret). Her
family always called her “Renee”, which helps to explain why some know
her by her family nickname and some know her by her formal name. At the
age of 17 she fell while riding her bike on a cold, wet, dreary day and
upon her disheveled arrival at home announced “I’m going to America!” It
took a few years, but at the age of 22 her dream came true when she
arrived alone in Los Angeles, California to begin working as a Nanny.
The remainder of her career was spent working in the banking industry in
both Long Beach, California and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
They met each other at an Irish Dance in Southern California and married
on December 29, 1962 in Hollywood, California. Their early years were
spent in Long Beach and then Carson California. In 1970 when McCullough
Corporation moved operations to Lake Havasu City, Arizona they relocated
and bought a home there in 1973.
Their life in Lake Havasu City revolved around their careers, Royce with
McCullough and Sarah as a Loan Officer in the banking industry, and
their social life with the Elks Lodge. Royce was a member of the Moose
Lodge as well as a Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge. He was very
proud of his work starting an RV Park for the Elks. Sarah was a lifetime
member of the “Elkettes.”Their social life was intertwined with Elks
activities as they belonged to the bowling league and traveled in their
motorhome with the Elks Vagabonds. Just last December they celebrated
their 60th Wedding Anniversary at a grand affair held at the Elks Lodge.
Royce is survived by his nephew, Jimmy Morris and his niece, Janice
Hatfield. Sarah is survived by her sister, Margaret Horner, and two
nephews, James and Darren Horner.
They were loved by many and will be missed dearly. We are especially
grateful for the home hospice care provided by Beacon of Hope Hospice
Care as well as the loving home care provided by Tina Walgren.
A special service will be held for them on Friday, November 17, 2023 at
The Elks Lodge will honor and remember Royce and Sarah Morris with
Military Honors, followed by Past Exalted Rulers and Elkettes Lodge of
Sorrows ceremonies. Lunch will follow the service. All are welcome.
The Elks Lodge
3532 McCullough Blvd N
Lake Havasu City
Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz Fraze Funeral Home.
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