Mary Morris, teacher, city worker, accountant

October 07, 1991

Mary Shaum Morris, a former school teacher who became an accountant after retiring from a career with Baltimore City, died of heart failure at her Catonsville home Saturday after a long illness. She was 98.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Morris, who resided in Catonsville with her daughter, Mary Agnes Morris, for more than 40 years, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore National Pike and St. Agnes Lane.

The former Mary Shaum was born on a family farm in Taneytown on May 15, 1893, and was educated in schools in Carroll County.

She moved to the Baltimore area to attend the Maryland State Normal School, a forerunner of Towson State University, graduating in 1913.

She then moved back to Carroll County and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Warfieldsburg.

She met her husband, Thomas J. Morris Sr., in Taneytown, after he returned home in 1919 from serving overseas in World War I. The couple married the next year.

In addition to her daughter, Mary Agnes, Mrs. Morris is survived by another daughter, Jeanne M. Paul of Ellicott City; two sons, Thomas Joseph Morris Jr. and Stephen A. Morris, both of Catonsville; a sister, Rita Shaum Eckert, of Taneytown; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

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