Lisa Dalene Morris, 51, of Pittsburg, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at her home after battling lung cancer for 5 years.
She was born April 18, 1959 at Pittsburg, the daughter of Robert “Bob” U. and Diann (Foster) Morris. She attended Pittsburg schools and graduated from Pittsburg High School. She later graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business.
As a young girl she had a passion for horses and her first horse was the beginning chapter of the Morris family raising Quarter Horses. She participated as a cowgirl in horse shows and rodeos.
She had an adventurous spirit and left home for a period of time in her teens to wander the southwest United States. She loved to travel and explore the outdoors. One of her most memorable trips was to Alaska with her children, where she was like a small child in wonder over the whales. She had a love for all kinds of animals and would always take them into her home and heart.
Her greatest joy was her children and she was also “the other mother” to numerous other kids who found a safe haven at the farm with Dalene giving out love to them as well.
Dalene’s father, Bob, opened the 1106 drive-in in 1965. After he passed away in 2001, Dalene continued the family business as owner-manager. One of the saddest days of her life was when she closed the 1106 doors on the last day as her health declined.
Dalene is survived by two sons, Dustin Morris of Pittsburg and Troy McKinzie of Parsons, KS; a daughter, Annie Morris of Pittsburg; a sister, Denise “Deni” Brinkmeyer of Overland Park, KS; and two brothers, Danny Morris of Pittsburg and Derek Morris of rural Weir; and two granddaughters, Teale and Taley McKinzie; three nephews, Zach Brinkmeyer, Dakota and Dylan Brizzee; one niece, Leslie Brinkmeyer; cousins and extended family, and her many other “kids” that called her “Mama Da”. She is also survived by her dear friend, Michelle Hensley.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday (Oct. 9) at the First Christian Church, Pittsburg, with Rev. Kevin Arensman officiating and Kenny White, family friend, will share special memories. Private family burial will take place at a later date. The family will receive friends following the service. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Friday to sign the register. The family suggests memorials to S.E.K. Humane Society. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Online condolences may also be left at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.