Ms. Shirley Elaine Rieves- Morris (Murray), 71, wife of the late Opie Titus Morris of Ft. Wayne, IN, passed away peacefully at DePaul Hospital on Thursday, June 28, 2018 in Bridgeton, MO, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ms. Rieves-Morris was born on April 18, 1947 in Mount Enterprise, TX to parents, James Murray and Gertrude O. Tate. She graduated from Potosi High School in 1965 and attended the University of Missouri- St. Louis. She married Charles Rieves with whom she had three children. She met Opie T. Morris and remarried. That union brought about two additional children. Ms. Rieves-Morris worked as a Clerk Typist for the City of St. Louis until 1989 when she moved to Ft. Wayne, IN. There she found fulfilling work serving her community as a Transitional Living Assistant for foster children in and around the area. Her children remember her as a devoted mother and grandmother who exuded love patience and tenderness in both words and actions. Her ever enduring courage and perseverance encourages them to relentlessly pursue their goals.
Ms. Rieves-Morris loved to sing and play the piano. She was often found singing to her children and teaching them about music and the arts. She also shared her love for music with the church as a member of the choir. She enthusiastically praised the Lord with every note she sang.
Ms. Rieves-Morris is survived by 2 sons Kyle C. Rieves of St. Louis, MO and Moshe Yisrael Ovada (Christopher T. Morris) of Vancouver, Washington and wife Elisheva Ovada (Gabriela Renteria); 3 daughters Dawn M. Rieves of St. Louis, MO and her husband Glen Thomas, Karla M. Rieves of Fayetteville, NC and Antonette L. M. Thompson (Morris) of Ft. Wayne, IN and her husband Nathaniel Thompson; 8 granddaughters, Brittany N. Jackson, Takecia F. Rieves and Brianna M. Slaughter all of St. Louis, MO; Jazmine R. Thompson of Ft. Wayne, IN, Kalin Rieves of St. Louis, MO, Natalya M. Thompson of Ft. Wayne, IN, Hadassa Ovada and Eliana Ovada both of Vancouver, Washington; 5 grandsons, Brandon J. Slaughter and Kyle C. Rieves Jr. of St. Louis, MO, Jamond D. Morris of Ft. Wayne, IN and Yaakov Ovada of Vancouver, Washington; 6 great-grandchildren, Gabrielle A. Turner, Brandon J. Slaughter Jr., Ari Moore, Natalie A. Jackson, Brandi A. Slaughter, and Liam J. Powell. She is also survived by a step sister, Katrina V. Tate of Cook County, IL and a host of aunts uncles, cousins, and friends.
A home going celebration is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at St. Louis Cremation located at 2135 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, with a reception to follow at New Springs Church. Elder Tommie Price Sr. will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Shirley Elaine Rieves-Morris’ life.