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Gloria Lee Butler Morris
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Obituary for Gloria Lee Butler Morris

Obituary for Gloria Lee Butler Morris
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 18th, 1925 to Lee Hannah Butler and Elmore Butler, Gloria was the fifth child and third daughter. She attended public schools in New Orleans and graduated from Mc Donogh 35 Senior High School. Following high school, she worked as a clerk at the Port of Embarkation during World War II. Desiring to be of greater service to her community, she entered Dillard University in 1946 and studied sociology. While at Dillard she met and married Rev. John B. Morris. Shortly after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree she delivered her first and only child, Deborah Morris-Harris.
In 1954, Gloria again began her quest for greater service, studying early childhood education at Xavier University and completed the equivalent of master’s degree in education at Southern University. In addition to her role as first lady of the First Free Mission Baptist Church, wife, and mother, she began her thirty-eight year career as a public school teacher at Elm Grove Elementary School in Harvey Louisiana. She loved teaching and especially teaching beginning reading. She was delighted to expose children to new worlds of opportunity. After thirteen years of teaching in a segregated Jefferson Parrish School System, she was asked to be one of the first black teachers to desegregate elementary schools. She won over hearts and minds as a trailblazer at Homedale Elementary School in Gretna.
In 1969, she moved to Denver, Colorado. She and her husband served the Macedonia Baptist Church until his death in 1988. She was an active member of the Denver Ministers’ Wives. Gloria continued to teach and added to the host of students the children of Colorado’s governors as well as her own grandchildren, Shekinah Glory and John Harris.
In 1994, after having recovered from a radical mastectomy for breast cancer, Gloria became an advocate for breast cancer awareness in communities of color. She encouraged all women to actively participate in prevention and have routine screening.
In 2003, Gloria returned to New Orleans help guide and nurture her grandchildren. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in September of 2005, the then eighty-year Gloria encouraged the family to evacuate early. She joined the caravan of evacuees leaving New Orleans and readily adapted to life in Dallas. While in Dallas she was named to the Mother’s Board of Greater Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church.
At the age of 88, she joined the family move to Austin, Texas and was an active member of Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church. In 2015, she supervised the relocation to Plano, Texas and attended One Community Church. Due to increasing immobility as a result of arthritis and a series of strokes, she was transferred to the Prairie Estates Nursing Home in Frisco, Texas. One week before her death she praised God for full life and many dear friends.
Gloria Lee Butler Morris was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Hannah and Elmore Butler, her sisters, Royal Butler, Augerite Bentley Steward, Joyce Butler Burkes, her brothers, Emile Bentley, and Frank Butler and her husband Rev. John B. Morris. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Morris-Harris, granddaughter, Shekinah Glory Harris, and grandson, John Theodore Emmanuel Harris, and host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

My Mother’s Love

Many years ago you carried and nurtured a hidden legacy
You quietly kept and inwardly prepped your voice unique and strong
In pain you delivered your new life so weak and expectant
While in every way, all day, you kept giving and forgiving wrong
Over the years of toil and disappointment you bravely taught and fought
Knowing that one day your works would praise you for what you wrought.

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Macedonia Baptist Church

3240 N. Adams Street
Denver, CO 80205





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Fairmount Cemetery

430 S. Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80247

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Fairmount Cemetery

430 S. Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80247


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