December 2, 1919 ~ August 4, 2004
Beatrice (Bee) Morris passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA, surrounded by her loving family. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she met and married Wilfred Lee Morris. She and Lee moved to Palos Verdes Estates, CA in 1961. Lee preceded her in death in 1995. This union was blessed with two children, Carolyn and Stephen. Bee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Houston and a Master's of Education from Pepperdine University. She was a teacher for 37 years and taught at Riviera Elementary School in Torrance for over 30 years. Upon retirement, Bee was honored with an annual scholaraship in her name through Torrance Unified School District, Riviera Elementary School. Her love of people, beauty and clothing led her to open Bee Dazzled boutique in Riviera Village after retiring from teaching. Bee was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, friend and teacher. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and was well known for her frienship bread and roses. Bee's energy and enthusiasm for life was an insipiration to all. She touched so many lives and was adored by family, friends, students and fellow teachers. Bee leaves a legacy of love, strong family ties and precious memories to: her two children Carolyn Rogers of Palos Verdes Estates, CA and Stephen Morris of Colleyville, Texas; her daughter-in-law, Renee Morris; her precious granddaughters, Nicole Rogers-Ortiz and Sarah Morris; and her devoted granson-in-law, Kris Ortiz. Prayer services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 8,2004 at McCormick Mortuary Chapel, 1998 South PCH, Redondo Beach. Graveside services will be held in Houston, Texas. Bee requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bee Morris Scholarship Fund: Torrance Unified School District care of Riviera Elementary School, 365 Paseo de Arena, Torrance, CA 90505
I had the pleasure of working with Bea at TUSD. She had warmth and quiet dignity. Everyone loved Bea. Deepest sympathy to her family.
I met Bee through her sister Mary Jo Turner and nephew Jack Turner in Houston. She was a very loving, bright and energetic person who shared so much of her life experiences with me. It is with my deepest condolence that I write this note. My love to Carolyn, Stephen, grand daughters, nephews and the rest of the family, may you be able to find peace and support in the Almighty. May she be in the Presence of God forever.