Judith “Judy” Allen Morris

Private Family only Graveside services for Judith “Judy” Allen Morris, 84, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at Oak Hill Cemetery.  Judy passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at LMH Health.

Judy was born on January 20, 1938, in Hays, KS, the daughter of Milton and Isabel (Perry) Allen.

She married Duane Morris on May 29, 1959, in Lawrence, KS.  He preceded her in death.   

Judy was a Phi Beta Phi and loved her sorority sisters. She was also a member of PEO.

She was on the school board in Essex, Vermont, on the Citizen Review Board for many years and worked with CASA.

Judy enjoyed her time working for Cottonwood Inc as well.

She was also very proud of her KU heritage as being Phog Allen’s granddaughter.

Most importantly, family always came first, and she never missed her boys’ sporting events.

Survivors include her sons, Bret (Angela) Morris, Kenneth (Dobie) Morris, brother, Milton “Mickey” Allen Jr., sister, Jenni Allen, four grandchildren, Kaitlin, Hayley, Meredith, Jake, two great-grandchildren, Porter, and Beckham.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

The family will greet friends from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday November 29, 2022, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the casket remaining closed.

The family suggests memorials in Judy’s name to the Cottonwood Foundation or Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

19 Condolences

  1. Jenifer Janousek on November 25, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. 💕 My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. Deanell Tacha on November 26, 2022 at 9:52 am

    The Tachas are so saddened to hear of Judy’s death. She and Duane were such dear friends for so many years. Her lovely smile and caring personality will linger with all of us. Deanell and John Tacha

  3. Larry Hatfield on November 26, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Condolences to the family. Judy was my next door neighbor in our youth. I always enjoyed seeing her and catching up. Judy always had a smile and a cheerful personality. I will miss her.

  4. Jill Baker, retired Cottonwood Inc. Administrator of Services on November 26, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Judy’s contributions to Cottonwood, Inc. are significant and I, along with all of her colleagues who worked with her, are so saddened by her passing. She was a great ambassador for Cottonwood and served on the Cottonwood, Inc. Board of Trustees for a number of years before becoming the first Director of Community Relations and Development in the early 80s. As such, she was instrumental in starting the Cottonwood Foundation, effectively seeding what was to become the important fund raising arm of Cottonwood which was designed to support the mission of Cottonwood services. All these years later her legacy, so to speak, along with the vision of the Board and the then CEO, Howard Hasler, has provided much needed funding to Cottonwood’s direct services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Judy was, and will always be, Lawrence royalty and she introduced many friends and contacts to Cottonwood’s services. She started a very successful run of the Kansas Open Golf tournament that again was a first of its kind for Cottonwood. Judy was gracious, charming, beautiful, regal, and caring. She stayed in touch for years until her health became a factor I believe. I am sorry for your loss and I hope your memories bring you comfort. She was one of a kind!

  5. Bryan Wyatt on November 26, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    God Bless Duane and Judy Morris.
    My deepest sympathy to Ken and Brett; the rest of Morris family.

  6. Debbie Shafer on November 27, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Mick and Jenny
    So sorry to hear about your sister
    I am sure she was a great sister. She will be greatly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Shafers
    Harry &Debbie

  7. Mike Malone on November 27, 2022 at 9:34 am


    I’m sorry to hear about your sister. Barbara and I always enjoyed seeing and talking to Judy over the years. She was a class act and always had a funny story to share.

  8. Garth and Enid Terlizzi on November 27, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    It was a sad time to hear about Judy. She always shared her lovely smile and warm personality with all she met. Condolences to Ken and Brett, too. Hope you are well this holiday season.

  9. Jackie Wooden Loneski on November 27, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    So sorry to see that Judy has passed. She was always there with a beautiful smile. She will be missed!

  10. Cammie Garrison on November 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    My deepest sympathies.

  11. Judy Harkins on November 27, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Dear Kenneth, Bret and her relatives and your families. Joe told me that he had read in today’s paper of Judy’s death and I then read the article and felt such sadness. There were some so good times I remember at her home and seeing her often during the years as we saw each other in the community ~ Judy always so pleasant, thoughtful, cordial and engaging. I did reflect today about her kindnesses and how she enjoyed her family and many interests and involvements. Unfortunately I had not connected with Judy for some years so the memories of her are very special. We send to you our sympathy and caring, Joe and Judy Harkins

  12. Richard A Skinner on November 28, 2022 at 10:24 am

    My sympathies go out to the family. I grew up next door to Judy and was a pledge brother of Duane. I remember so many good times that we had when we were young. Judy will be sorely missed.

  13. Donita Strange on November 28, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Condolences to the family.

  14. Patti McCormick on November 28, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Dear Mick, we are so sorry for the loss of your sister. You were a wonderful brother to her. Judy always brought fun to every occasion. We will miss her.
    Patti McCormick
    Sally Pokorny

  15. Connie Grimes on November 28, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Judy was a spirited member of our local Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club. She entertained us with stories of her time at KU and her lifelong friendship with many of her “sisters” was inspiring. We will miss her!

  16. Alison Ogden on November 28, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Sending our most sincere condolences. Brad and Alison Ogden

  17. Jill Baker on November 29, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Cottonwood was very fortunate that Judy was essentially the first Director of the Cottonwood Foundation, the fund raising arm of Cottonwood, Inc. Judy was on the Board of Trustees when the foundation was envisioned and, along with the then CEO Howard Hasler, was instrumental in setting the direction of the foundation. She also shepherded in the first Kansas Open Golf Tournament which was an important fundraiser for Cottonwood at that time. She was regal, gracious, beautiful, charming, and caring. So sorry for her passing. For Cottonwood she is a gift that keeps on giving. We will miss her.

  18. Connie Daniels on December 2, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Thinking of you Jenni, so shocked to see this today.
    Thinking of you Mick and Linda, and Ken and Dobie.
    17 years ago you were doing this with your Dad Ken.
    So sorry!

  19. Sharon Schick on December 11, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of Judy’s passing. She was a beautiful lady and a great friend. Many great memories.
    My deepest sympathy,
    Sharon Schick

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