Lolita Harriet Morris, 102, of Long Beach, Wash., died Friday, Sept. 30, 2005 at her residence.

Mrs. Morris was born June 6, 1903 in Long Beach to Gilbert and Lottie Baker.

Her grandfather, Henry Tinker, purchased a square mile of land in 1881 and platted Tinkerville which later became Long Beach.

Family members said Mrs. Morris remembered as a child her father telling her, "Dot, get your coat on, there's another shipwreck on the beach."

She attended Long Beach Elementary School and rode the "Clamshell Railway" to Ilwaco (Wash.) High School, from where she graduated.

She married Leonard Morris June 1, 1927 in Long Beach and settled into her role as wife, mother and homemaker. He died in 1967.

A lifelong member of the Long Beach (later Ocean Beach) Presbyterian Church, she was active in many community organizations including the Modern Traveler's Club, Peninsula Garden Club, Presbyterian Women's Association, Daughters of Pioneers, Pacific Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls and was a charter board member of the Bank of the Pacific. She assisted her husband in the operation of their cranberry bog for many years and was a member of the Ocean Spray cranberry growers.

Family members said that she enjoyed morning coffee with locals and tourists alike at Cottage Bakery in downtown Long Beach. She was an avid knitter and took great pride in her garden, particularly her Queen Elizabeth roses. She enjoyed watching winter storms at Waikiki Beach and sunsets at the Long Beach approach. They also said that she was strong in her Christian faith and that she always saw the positive side of life.

Mrs. Morris is survived by one grandson, Scot Shier and his wife Patty; five great-grandchildren, Jonathon, Joshua, Rachel, Sarah and Hanna Shier; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Shier, in 2005; and son-in-law, Albert Shier Jr., in 2004.

Viewing will be noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday, at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church in Seaview, Wash., with a graveside service following at Lone Fir Cemetery in Long Beach. A reception follows at the church.

Memorials may be made to Lone Fir Cemetery Association, Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church of Harbors Home Health in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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