Eleanor Morris passed away on Sept. 5, 2012 in Hood River, Ore. She was born July 16, 1920, in Portland, Ore., to John and Ida DeWalt. Her parents moved to the White Salmon, Wash., area in her very early years and she spent her entire life in the Gorge.
She met and later married George Morris on Feb. 3, 1945, in White Salmon at the Congregational Church. That union lasted until George’s death on Aug. 11, 2007.
Eleanor was also preceded in death by her only daughter, Georgene, and brothers Lewis DeWalt, Emmet DeWalt and Allen Dewalt.
She is survived by her sons and their wives: Bruce and Mooreen, Herbert and Gayle, George Jr. and Sandee and Robert and Penny; and sisters Lorane Cody and Betty Lou Graves.
In addition to her devotion to her family she was an avid gardener and self-taught artist. One of her passions was her beautiful flower gardens that were admired by many. She knew way more about plants than any one person should ever know.
She always loved to draw and her pencil portraits of family and friends are in many homes throughout the area and beyond. Wanting to broaden her artistic abilities she took up oil painting — first landscapes of the beautiful Gorge area and later she did some oil portraits.
She was a very talented and determined woman. That determination got her through some of the more difficult times in her life.
There was a graveside service Sept. 15 at the White Salmon Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Providence Hospice of the Gorge in Eleanor’s name.
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