Berniece Morris

September 11, 1934-July 28, 2021
Jerri Colleen Smith
Jerri Colleen Smith
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Berniece Morris, 86, of Monett, MO, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 while at Lacoba Homes following a lengthy illness.

Berniece was born on September 11, 1934 in Purdy, MO, daughter of the late Joe and Rose (Witt) Bartkoski. Berniece graduated from Pierce City High School with the class of 1952. On February 7, 1958 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pulaskifield, Berniece was united in marriage to Olen Morris. To this union, they were blessed with two children.

In 1965, Berniece opened Mode-O-Day, later called Fashion Crossroads, in Monett. She also hosted annual bridal showcases, displaying everything needed for a wedding. She faithfully worked in her business, as well as the office operations of Morris Ditching Service until her health prevented her from this just over a year ago. Berniece was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Monett.

Berniece is survived by her husband, Olen, of the home; her son, Ken Morris and wife Delorres, of Monett; two grandchildren, Brianna Morris, of Monett and Zach Morris, of Mt. Vernon; as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Berniece was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Connie Morris; one brother, Lawrence Bartkoski; and one sister, Rose Ann Flehmer.

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Monett. Father Rahab Isidor will be officiating. Rosary will be at Buchanan Funeral Home at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening with visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions have been suggested to St. Lawrence Catholic School in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO.