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Lois Owens Morris, 89, of Avenue died Nov. 8, 2012, in Leonardtown.
Born Aug. 7, 1923, in Abell, she was the daughter of the late William Lee Owens and Catherine Dove Russell Owens.
She was the wife of Wesley “Sam” Morris, whom she married on July 19, 1946, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. He preceded her in death. She was also the wife of Arthur E. Grogan, whom she married on April 7, 1991, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood. He also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her nieces, Catherine Sylvia Ryce of Hollywood and Cheryl Walker Jackson and Linda M. Morris, both of Abell; nephews, James M. Owens and friend, Susan Spencer, of Chaptico, William A. Owens Jr. and wife, Cathy, of Lewisburg, Tenn., James L. Owens and wife, Mary, of Aspen, Colo., James A. Russell of Watsonville, Calif., and James P. Walker Jr. and Joseph Lee Russell, both of Abell; eight great-nieces and -nephew; eight great-great-nieces and -nephews; and six great-great-great-nieces and -nephews. She was the sister-in-law and friend to Virginia Owens Reynolds, Mary Ann Gibson and Evelyn Welty Owens. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Irma Hodges, William A. Owens Sr., Annie Rebecca Russell and James Ignatius Owens.
She attended Holy Angels Catholic School in Avenue for eight years and graduated from Margaret Brent High School in Helen with the Class of 1941.
She worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from 1941 to 1948. Returning to Avenue in 1948, she worked at Patuxent River Naval Air Station as a purchasing agent supervisor, retiring in 1973.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood, American Legion Auxiliary Post 221 in Avenue and Margaret Brent High School Alumni.
The family received friends and prayers were recited by Deacon Bill Nickerson on Nov. 12. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Thompson, Mike Lacey, Bill Owens, Joseph Lee Russell, Kenneth Ryce and Clarence Bowles.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609.
Arrangements were handled by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.