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GREEN VALLEY ~ Esther Rose Morris, 87, of rural Green Valley, passed away at 10:46 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018 at Pekin Manor.

Born July 17, 1930 in Canton to Arthur Harold and Minnie Pearl (Underhill) Knowles, she married Russell Wayne Morris on July 23, 1949 in Pekin.  He died April 2, 1997 in Peoria.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Tom Knowles, Vale Knowles, Gale Knowles and Arthur Knowles, Jr. and two sisters, Jane Smith and Mary Schoaff.

Surviving are two sisters, Lois Rockhold of Pekin and Lucille “Ceil” (Wayne) Mattson of Waukesha, Wisconsin and many nieces and nephews.  She also leaves George Russell (Ariana) Morris of Pekin and Genelle Rene “Geni” (Benjamin) Norwood of Sierra Vista, Arizona, whom she raised, and was Nanna to Chloe, Wyatt and LaVerne.

A 1948 graduate of Canton High School, she graduated from Graham Hospital School of Nursing in 1981.  Esther began working at Graham Hospital in 1979 as a nurse’s aide, became a registered nurse in 1981 and was promoted to house supervisor in 1984.  She retired in 1998.

Esther was an avid reader.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour before the funeral.  Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pekin Public Library, 301 South 4th, Pekin, IL 61554 or to the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund, P.O. Box 235, Morton, IL 61550.

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