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Celia Morris Phillips of Norman died January 11, 2017, age 88. She was born May 19, 1928, the daughter of Clemmontyne and Frank Morris. She graduated from Norman High School in 1946 and married Raymond Phillips in 1948. They were married for 60 years until Raymond's death in 2009. Raymond and Celia had 3 children: Gary, David, and Joan. Celia had four grandchildren: Sydney Longshore, John Phillips, Carrie Olson, and Amelia Reiser. She had five great-grandchildren: Oliver Phillips, Riley and Reese Longshore, Elliot Olson, and Keiran Olson.
Celia had a sister, Janet Whitaker and a sister-in-law, Lori Morris. Her brother, Tom Morris passed away before Celia. Celia is also survived by her husband's sisters and their families.
Celia was a homemaker and community activist. She loved music, especially being in the choir for Handel's Messiah. She encouraged her children in music, art and every educational opportunity. She worked to put them through college. Later she was a volunteer worker at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta.
After Raymond retired in 1989, they returned from Tucker, Georgia to their hometown of Norman and renewed friendships after 40 years. Celia helped with Norman High School reunions. They lived in Celia's family's home on Eufaula Street designed by her father. Visitors enjoyed Celia's decorating style with turquoise blue and pottery, basketware, and cat knick-knacks. She had a personal landscaping style with daffodils and flowering shrubs and her own Japanese garden.
Celia was appointed to the Cleveland County Election Board and served for many years. She pursued family history and was a founding member of the Cleveland County Genealogical Society. She was the assistant librarian at First Baptist Church's library for several years. She enjoyed her volunteer work at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
Celia saw America on bus tours organized by Vickie Riggs at First Baptist. Later in life she was an avid stamp collector and member of the Norman Stamp Club. In her last year Celia played Scrabble with her friend Philip Tolentino, made puzzles with Gary, and enjoyed visiting with her deacon friend David Hopper. She meter her new great-grandson Kieran at Christmastime 2016.
Celia wanted us to know that her soul is now happily residing in heaven.
A memorial service for Celia Joan Morris will be announced and held later this year. Cards for the family may be send to Joan Phillips, 2717 Meadowbrook, Norman, OK 73072.
The family thanks First Baptist Church, Frontier Hospice, Holiday Heights Nursing Home, Celia's dear friends, and our family members for help and prayers during her last illness.
Published on January 14, 2017
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