December 28, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
December 29, 2013
Sunday December 29 2013
Mrs. Clay Belle Morris
Thacher Funeral Home
629 East Morgan Ave
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.