Alma M. Morris, 90

Towson University aide

February 01, 2007

Alma M. Morris, a retired administrative assistant and longtime Rodgers Forge resident, died in her sleep Sunday at College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. She was 90.

Alma Marie Zimmerman was born in Baltimore and raised in the Hamilton area. She was a 1935 graduate of the old Seton High School in Charles Village. She worked downtown in the business department of S&N Katz Jewelers before her 1938 marriage to Philip K. Morris.

In 1942, the couple became among the first Rodgers Forge residents when they moved into a newly built home on Dunkirk Road.

When Mrs. Morris was 54, she returned to the work force as an administrative assistant in the physical education department at what is now Towson University. She also got her driver's license that year so she could drive to work.

She retired in 1982.

Mrs. Morris enjoyed shopping and eating lunch in department store restaurants.

"When I was growing up, she'd take me on the No. 11 Dunkirk bus and we'd go downtown to Hutzler's one day a week and eat in the Tea Room," said her daughter, Lynn M. Jeppi of Ruxton.

"Every Saturday for 25 years, until the store closed, she and her sister dressed up and met for lunch in the Valley View Room at Hutzler's in Towson. It was a sacred tradition with them," said Mrs. Jeppi, who later joined the weekly group.

"Her favorite things were the salad with a special dressing and the Hutzler's hot fudge sundae," she said.

Mrs. Morris and her husband, retired supervisor of the photo department at Bendix Corp. in Towson, moved to College Manor last year.

Mrs. Morris was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed travel and collecting antiques. She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church and a member of its Sodality.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at College Manor, 300 W. Seminary Ave.

Also surviving are a son. Robert P. Morris of Glen Rock, Pa.; a sister, Mary Lenore Kelly of Parkville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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