Mrs. Clay Belle Morris

  • Born: June 20, 1921
  • Died: December 25, 2013
  • Location: Boonville, Missouri

Thacher Funeral Home

629 East Morgan Ave
Boonville, MO 65233

Tel. (660) 882-2311

Tribute & Message From The Family


Clay Belle Morris, 92, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2013, with her family by her side.

Visitation for Clay Belle will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Thacher Funeral Home, 629 East Morgan Street, Boonville, Missouri. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church with burial following at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Boonville.

Clay Belle was born June 20, 1921, on her parent's farm home in Prairie Home, MO, to Arthur Bodamer and Lucille Gilbreath Bodamer.

Clay Belle graduated from Prairie Home High School and received her teaching degree from Central Missouri State. She began her career as a teacher in a one room school near Prairie Home. On June 6 1946, Clay Belle married Dorsey F. Morris in Prairie Home. Dorsey's work with Panhandle Eastern Pipeline took them to several towns in Missouri and Illinois before returning to settle in Boonville where he joined McGraw Edison and Clay Belle began teaching High School business classes in the the New Franklin Public School. She joined the Boonville Public School teaching 3rd and 4th grade. She retired in 1981 after shaping and inspiring the lives of hundreds of children, many of whom would greet her warmly around Boonville years later. Clay Belle was an active member of the Retired Teachers and Personnel of Cooper County. She was a faithful member of the Nelson Memorial UMC, having taught many Sunday school classes and active in UMW Circle. She was a 50 year member of Eastern Star and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, A. W. (Bud) Bodamer. She is survived by her children; Steve Morris (Jan) of Rockmart, GA; and Pam Bloss (Bob) of Loch Lloyd, MO. Her 4 grandchildren include; Tyler Morris (Brooke) of Columbia, MO; Justin Bloss of Fairway, KS; Brian Bloss (Sarah) of Overland Park, KS; and Abby Chapman (Brad) of Kansas City, KS.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church of Boonville, the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

What a wonderful woman. I had the honor of being one of her students. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Chris Waterfield - Boonville, MO - Former Student   December 30, 2013

What a blessing Claybelle has been to the lives of those she touched. She always had a smile and kind words for all. We are thankful to have enjoyed a nice visit with Claybelle at Abby's wedding and I know she was grateful to be able to spend such a beautiful time with her family. May your cherished memories be close at hand and help to guide you through this time.

Rob and Sharla

Posted by Sharla    December 29, 2013

Clay Belle will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
We know she is with her lord and savior.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.73

Posted by Larry &.Brenda Harris - Tempe, AZ - Friends   December 28, 2013

To the Family:

Claybelle was truly one of the nicest persons I have ever known. From the time I was a student of hers in the 4th grade until her death, I always felt better after being in her presence. She will be missed not only by her family, but by many members of the community. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.

Doug Abele

Posted by Doug Abele - Boonville, MO - Former 4th grade student/friend   December 27, 2013

The world will just not be quite the same without Clay Belle's smile, sharp wit, intelligence, and wonderful conversation. Whenever I was around Clay Belle, she made me feel like one of her family. When my wife and I attended her 90th birthday party, I noticed that Clay Belle had said that she wanted her family around her. And then when she thanked everyone for coming, she acknowledged my wife and I and said that she was glad that we were there because afterall she considered us family. What a wonderful lady!

Posted by Dan Holk - Leawood, KS - Felt like family, but just a goo   December 27, 2013

What a beautiful soul, one of the sweetest, gentlest women put on this earth. Claybelle never had a bad thing to say and always had something encouraging to say to me. Claybelle will be missed in this family. My Mom ( Margaret Bloss ) and I ( Nancy Bloss ) will be unable to attend any of the services but we will be with the family in spirit saying our goodbyes to Claybelle and celebrating in her wondrous hellos to Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior.

Posted by Nancy Bloss and Margaret Bloss - Quincy, IL - Sis & Mom to the Son in Law   December 27, 2013

Clay Belle was the sweetest lady I ever had the privilege of knowing. She always had a smile on her face and glad to see you. We took Riley to see her about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and although her health was failing, she was still as sharp as a tack. She will be sorely missed. God Bless you Clay Belle.

Posted by D'Ann Holk - KS   December 27, 2013