Maude Elmo Fields Morris, 87, of Stewart Health Center at Springmoor in Raleigh died Wednesday, March 11, 2015. She was born September 27, 1927 in Augusta, Georgia and was the daughter of the late John Neal Fields and Willie Maude Fields.
Elmo grew up in a loving family in rural Georgia that included seven siblings, six sisters and one brother. She was the second oldest of the eight children. After graduating high school she attended the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia where she majored in home economics. During her college years she met the love of her life, Albert, and they were married on April 10, 1949. They lived in Lithonia, Georgia where she taught school. She and Albert, along with their two young sons, relocated to Raleigh in December of 1962 when Albert accepted a position with Carolina Power and Light Company.
Elmo had a tremendous love and passion for children which led her to teach junior kindergarten at St. Timothy’s Episcopal School in Raleigh for 22 years. She loved every second of every day she taught and delighted in the growth and accomplishment of each child she had the privilege to teach. She was a wonderful wife and mother and was always there for her husband and sons.
In addition, Elmo was a dedicated Christian and an active member of Hayes Barton Baptist Church for 52 years. She served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, president of the Women’s Missionary Union and on multiple committees and councils for as long as her health permitted. She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and loved his church.
Elmo is survived by her husband of 66 years, Albert, her sons Albert L. Morris, III (Lee) and his wife Donna, Kenneth Neil Morris and his wife Cathy, grandchildren Jennifer Morris Finnegan, Natalie Fields Morris, Spencer William Morris and great grandchildren Callie Autumn Finnegan and Sade Elyse Finnegan. She is also survived by her brother Henry Fields of Toccoa, Georgia and sister Betty Fields Thomas of Tifton, Georgia. She was predeceased by sisters Louise Cook, Julia Agee, Ann Fields, Ophelia Hatch and Janie Pauley.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, March 16 at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh. The family will receive friends immediately afterwards at the Church.
The family would like to thank Mrs. Morris’s caregivers at Springmoor, particularly the ever faithful Monicalynne Eason.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608 or the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary’s St. Raleigh, NC.