Leona Morris

Leona Morris (Dalton)

Friday, July 13th, 1928 - Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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Leona passed away peacefully at Salem Terrace Assisted Living on Tues, September 15, 2020. She was a lifelong resident of Roanoke and Salem, growing up in the Garden City community where she attended William Byrd High School and played girls basketball.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Katie Rose Dalton; her sister, Evelyn Pawnee Proctor; her former husband, H.H. (Bill) Morris, Jr.; and her long-time special friend, Cline Wood.
Leona is survived by her daughters, Carol Morris Shifflett of Salem, and Rita Morris Jenkins (John) of Grandy, NC. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Angela Shifflett Daniel (Jerry) of Salem, Trey Shifflett of Salem, and Brian Jenkins (Meredyth) of Richmond, Va. Great-Grandchildren surviving her are Jacob, Lin, and Heidi Daniel; Kaylee and Kennedi Shifflett; Adeline, Josephine, and Dylan Jenkins.
Leona spent much of her life caring for her home and family. She loved working in her yard and flower gardens; her poinsettias were car-stoppers. She loved caring for her beloved dogs and cat. She was an amazing seamstress, making draperies and curtains and much of her and her daughters’ clothes. She was also a great cook, loving to prepare meals for her family. No one will forget her Mac & Cheese. Later in life, Leona worked at Southwest VA Savings and Loan in Salem. She loved to travel with friends and took up ballroom dancing, traveling for competitions. While at Salem Terrace, Leona would play piano for residents, both hymns and jazz from memory. She also took painting classes, leaving her family with many beautiful sceneries.
Our family would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff at Salem Terrace at Harrogate Assisted Living where she lived for the past five years, especially the Dogwood Memory Care staff who cared for her the last 3 years. Thank you for your loving care, your teasing and joking, and your patiences with her hard-headedness. We also want to thank the wonderful, loving staff of Gentle Shepherd Hospice who cared for our mom this year and kept us in touch with her during Covid-19 through regular FaceTime visits. Also, special regards to her “best friend” Norma who traveled much of the journey of dementia with our mom.
A graveside service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.
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  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 3:00pm
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Roy E. Kanode
  • Interment

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 3:00pm
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Susan Sanders

Posted at 12:21pm
I'm Susan Sanders, daughter of Irene Leonard. Leona and my mom were great buddies at Salem Terrace. Along with Norma Wassum, they made a great threesome! My mom missed the closeness after Norma and Leona moved to memory care. I don't think things were ever the same for her after that. We lost my mom on August 12. When I saw that Leona passed, I had to smile a little, thinking about she and my mom being together again. I'm attaching a picture of my mom, Leona, and Norma. I hope your family are feeling God's peace and comfort.

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