Olelah Mae Morris

Funeral services for Olelah Mae Morris will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee, OK.

Olelah Mae Morris was born August 25, 1925 in Claremore, Oklahoma. The daughter of David and Flora Cornell. She was an active member of Indian Avenue Baptist Church and an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Chilocco, Oklahoma. She married Samuel F. Morris on December 9, 1943. He preceded her in death December 27, 1973, also preceding her in death was infant son, Mark Morris; and sister, Susie Alford. Olelah Mae and her husband first served when Sam was called to pastor at Indian Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Other pastorates included, the First Indian Mission in Ada, the First Indian Mission in Shawnee, and Bowen Place Baptist Mission in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Olelah, her husband, and sons were called by the Haskell Baptist Mission on November 16, 1969 to minister to the students, faculty, and staff of Haskell Indian Nations University. Upon her husband’s death, she attended and graduated from Haskell in 1975. Olelah was employed within the facilities department at Haskell and continued to work for 21 years. She loved the Haskell community and especially cheering on Haskell’s athletes.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law: Sam and Carol Morris of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, David Morris of Lawrence, Kansas, Joe and Linda Morris of Phoenix, Arizona, and John and Tracie Morris of Lawrence, Kansas. She was survived by seven grandchildren: Brian Morris of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Alicia Shelton of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, Jeremy Morris, Mitchell Morris, Bradley Morris, all from Phoenix, Arizona, Kelly Berryhill and Lindsey Morris of Lawrence, Kansas and nine great grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Ann Wahpecome, Okmulgee, Oklahoma

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Indian Avenue Baptist Church specifically designated to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

10 Condolences

  1. Lois Hart-Spillman on December 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Miss Olelah was a treasure! She will be missed. She always had a big smile. Praying comfort for the family. We know she is in the arms of our Savior now!

  2. Stanley H. Ross on December 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    We loved and enjoyed Olelah Mae. Her love for the work she dedicated to the people she met and helped. Her tireless efforts in the Haskell Alumni Assoc. were not gone unnoticed, she always met our activities with enthusiasm. Thank you Morris family for sharing her. She will remain in our hearts forever.

  3. Sam Davis on December 12, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Please know you all are in my prayers and thoughts.
    A true definition of a Godly Woman.

  4. Lopez family on December 12, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you we will greatly miss olelah bless all of you the Lopez family

  5. Clenece Hills on December 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Jim and I are sad to learn of the death of Olelah Morris. A very worthwhile woman, Olelah Morris was devoted to Haskell and to her family and her church. When Jim was on the Haskell faculty he came to know David Morris and Olelah. Later after he retired, we would often see the two of them out for dinner at Perkins and we always enjoyed having a good visit. Although we do not know the rest of her family, we do know David, and we want him to know that we will always remember his accomplished mother with affection and respect. To David we send our sympathy, and our hope that we will “run into him” again soon.

  6. Susan Harrison on December 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Olelah will be missed so much. What a wonderful person. She truly had joy in her heart and spirit. Wishing peace to her family. RIP sweet lady!

  7. Sharon Condon on December 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Olelah was such a wonderfully positive woman who always had a way of making you feel special. RIP, Olelah. To her family, I extend my deepest sympathy for your loss.

  8. Frances and kerry on December 13, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Sincere condolences to morris family.

  9. Erne Shaw on December 14, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Ernie and Joyce Shaw

    So sorry to here about your Mom she was a great lady. God bless to you John and your family..

  10. Liz Welch Wesley, Shawnee Ok on December 14, 2017 at 10:24 am

    May God’s grace, comfort, and peace be with the family , love ones and friends…Yes I knew the family of the late Pastor Sam and wife Olelah and sons when he Pastor at First Indian Church in Shawnee. Falls Creek, revivals..She was a very loving Christian lady, wife, mother…Had a smile when you seen her and a firm handshake…Loved her Testimony for the Lord…Her son Sammy singing. How Great Tho Art…And at that time the 2 younger boys were boys everyone loved… Prayers to the family and her Church family, and friends…✝

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