WOOSTER ? Jane Elizabeth Morris, born in Bradford, PA in 1934, died early Monday morning, June 28, 2010 in her beloved Wooster after a full life of service to her family, friends and the community. Jane was a loving mother, loyal friend, College of Wooster alumnus and an active member of the Wooster Community.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Seth and Ruth Thomas Gustin, and her former husband, Byron E. Morris. She is survived by her brother, Thomas Gustin of Erie, PA, three grown children?Patti Stout (Doug) of Wooster, John Morris (Susan) of Port St. Lucie, FL and Susie Patton (Kevin) of Brecksville, eight grandchildren?Allie, Kaylynn, Brian, Michael, Clay, Kyle, Reese and Quinn and two great-grandchildren?Kayla and Kylie.
One of Jane?s greatest joys was cheering on her grandchildren at their various sporting and 4H events. She shared with her family a love of animals and raised a variety of horses, cows, sheep and goats over the years on her farm, in addition to adopting aged Labrador retrievers from the humane society. Jane developed life-long friendships through her active involvement with the College of Wooster alumni, the PEO Sisterhood (Chapter DF), bridge club, garden club and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Jane believed that life of giving is a life worth living. In addition to raising three children of her own, she took in many foster children over the years. After a battle won over breast cancer, she became a staunch supporter of breast cancer awareness and research. Jane is most well known in the community for her work with Habitat for Humanity. She served in countless roles that helped grow the Wayne County affiliate to where it is today. She began as a partner advocate, volunteered on building projects, served on the Board of Trustees and was a founding member of Hearts for Habitat. And when her declining health prohibited her from manual labor, she was the official Habitat baker, photographer and an organizer of Make a Difference Day projects.
Jane loved nature and gardening, as is evidenced by her bountiful farm. She loved to teach and to give of herself to help those in need, and she set an example of selflessness and compassion. Jane dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of others.
A celebration of Jane?s life will be held this Friday, July 2, 2010 at Mackey Hall on the College of Wooster Campus at 2:30 P.M. with an open house to follow the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wayne County Humane Society, PO Box 266, Wooster, OH 44691 or to Habitat for Humanity, 1451 Spruce St. Wooster, OH 44691.
Humane Society, PO Box 266, Wooster, OH 44691 or Habitat for Humanity, 1451 Spruce St. Ext., Wooster, OH 44691
Celebration of Life service on Friday, July 2, 2010 at Mackey Hall on the College of Wooster Campus
Following the service