Roberta Morris

Roberta Morris

Feb. 17, 1942 — Aug. 3, 2017

From Richland, WABorn in Decatur, GA

Roberta Morris Memorial Service

  •   Starts:
    Fri, August 25 2017, 11 a.m.
  •   Ends:
    1 p.m.
  •   Location:
    West Side Church

    615 Wright Ave, Richland, WA 99352

Roberta Morris

Roberta “Robin” Clark Morris February 17, 1942 – August 3, 2017. Robin Morris, age 75, passed away August 3, 2017 at the Hospice House in Kennewick, Washington after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Robin was born on February 17, 1942 in Decatur, Georgia to parents Robert Emmett Clark, Jr. and Winifred Gurley Clark.  She grew up in Decatur and graduated in 1959 from Southwest DeKalb High School where she was involved in the high school newspaper. She went on to attend Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, North Carolina.  Her passion for journalism continued during her college years through her work on the Pfeiffer News, culminating as editor her senior year. Through a blind date in September 1959, Robin met Jim Morris. Upon graduation in June 1963, Robin landed a job with the Atlanta Journal.  She was beginning to live her professional dream of becoming a reporter.  Robin and Jim were married in December 1963 and Robin left the Atlanta Journal to join Jim in Waycross, Georgia, where he was working.  Robin began her teaching career at Ware County High School teaching English and speech and was an advisor to the yearbook. In the summer of 1965, Robin and Jim moved to Athens, Georgia for Jim to attend the University of Georgia.  Robin continued teaching speech, English and journalism and was the advisor for the newspaper at Athens High School from August 1965 to January 1970. Her students excelled and won many awards in speech and newspaper competitions.  Robin spent the summers between 1965-1970 working on her Masters in Communication.  She realized her dream of graduating from the University of Georgia with a Master’s Degree in Communications from the Department of Journalism in 1970. At this point, Jim and Robin headed west to California for Jim’s Post-Doctoral work and this is where they started their family.  Paul, then followed by Eric, were born in California.  The family headed north when Jim accepted a position with the Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland, Washington in 1973. This was followed by another milestone in the Morris family with the addition of 2 more sons, twins Kirk and Bret.  As the kids grew, Robin got involved with church and school activities.  She also helped start Twice and Thrice Mothers of Multiples Club (Twins Club), as a place for parents to learn from and support each other. After dealing with Eric's childhood cancer, Robin re-energized a Candlelighters group, a place for families to come together to share about their lives with children with cancer. She was also a driving force to raise funds for Seattle's first Ronald McDonald House. Robin’s journey continued by finding time to teach Sunday school and working to enrich the school experience of students through the Jason Lee Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA).  Her path changed again as she returned to teaching in 1986 and eventually as a teacher at Richland High School.  Answering the call of the students, Robin took the role of advisor for the Richland High newspaper, The Sandstorm (1987-2005), and then later the yearbook, The Columbian (1995-2005). She also worked tirelessly to add journalism classes to the school curriculum.  Robin joined the Washington Journalism Education Association (WJEA) and Journalism Education Association (JEA) in 1987 and was President of WJEA from 1994-1996. She retired from Richland High School in 2005, but continued to be an active member in WJEA and JEA. Robin was recognized many times for her energy and dedication that she poured into each and every project that she was involved in: two Golden Acorn Awards; National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Nominee 1991-92 Richland High school PTSA , Who’s Who Among American Teachers 1994, 2002, 2003, 2004; Outstanding Journalism Educator – Richland High School – 1986-2005;  All American Adviser Award – 2005- National Scholastic Press Association; Lifetime Achievement Award -2005 – The Journalism Education Association; Dorothy McPhillips Award - 2005- WJEA recognition for tireless dedication to scholastic journalism,  Master Journalism Educator – 1992-2017. Her awards from Washington Journalism Education Association and Journalism Education Association are a reflection of her commitment to help students rise to their best and for her to walk alongside them, supporting as she could in so many ways.  She spoke often of her larger family with great pride and joy as her students continued to find and enjoy their place in this world.  She saw all people as God’s people and the opportunity to be connected with World Relief and to direct the English as a Second Language Program at West Side Church from 2005-2017 was an example of God’s call to be in service to all of His children and her commitment to teaching, caring and responding to Him. She was also active with the local Tri-City branch of the Daughters of American Revolution.  Robin is survived by her husband of 53 years, James E. Morris, son Paul (Tonia) Morris, son Eric (Stefanie) Morris, son Kirk Morris, son Bret (Suzanne) Morris, brother Clifford M. Clark, 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Robert Emmett Clark, Jr. and Winifred Gurley Clark.

Roberta Morris

Memorial service for Robin will be Friday, August 25 at 11 a.m. at West Side Church in Richland, Washington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following options that Robin had a strong passion for: WJEA Robin Morris Scholarship, Washington Journalism Education Association; Roberta Clark (63) and Dr. James E. Morris (63) Endowed Scholarship, Pfeiffer University; World Relief Tri-Cities; and Chaplaincy Hospice House Kennewick, Washington.  

Guestbook for

Roberta Morris

  • So sorry to hear belatedly on Facebook of the passing of the woman we on the Thumb Tack Tribute staff fondly called The Bird! She taught me the basics of journalism and set a standard I tried to follow the rest of my long career in newspapers. I also have fond memories of her taking a group of us to Chicago for the high school journalism convention. She will be missed!

    Bill King
    Jan. 14, 2019
    Decatur, GA
  • I was one of Robin Morris’ journalism students and on the staff of the Thumb Tack Tribune, Athens High School’s newspaper when she was the advisor. She was a good teacher and advisor and a good sport to be willing to teach high school. She made me the business manager and that assignment contributed to me ending up with a business and marketing career. I was glad to read about her life and family. Please accept my condolences and know that she made a very positive impact on my education.

    Mindy Moore Bacon
    Jan. 14, 2019
    In Clearwater FL from Athens, GA
  • I am very sad to learn about Mrs. Morris’ death. She was my advisor and journalism teacher during my senior year (1968/69) at Athens High School in Athens, Georgia. I cannot imagine a better teacher or Thumb Tack Tribune advisor and deeply cherish what I learned from her and the time I got to spend with her. I send my sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to her family.

    Donny Bailey Seagraves
    Jan. 11, 2019
    Athens, Georgia
  • Dear Jim and family: We were saddened to hear of the passing of Robin. She has put up a good fight and has now gone on to claim her reward in Heaven. She brightened many lives during her time here on earth and we are glad that we were able to have many opportunities to interact with her. She will be sorely missed. We send our love and prayers to you and your families.

    Gerald and Nancy Sorensen
    Aug. 25, 2017
    Richland, WA
  • I extend my deepest condolences at the passing of your dear love one. May your precious memories sustain and strengthen your hearts in the days ahead. May you all have comfort from the God of tender mercies. Who longs to reunite all with loss love ones. Isaiah 65:19, Job 14:14,15

    Aug. 24, 2017
    North Carolina
  • So very sorry for your loss, Jim and family! It was such a precious gift to have had Robin as my colleague as well as THE most influential teacher to my daughter Sara at Richland High School. Her dedication to teaching, her expectation of excellence and her passion for her students' success encouraged and supported so many of our RHS students who will always hold her close to their hearts. She opened doors for a future of SUCCESS! Thank you, Robin! WE love you! 😘

    Delia Piquero Gonzalez
    Aug. 24, 2017
    Richland, Washington
  • I graded papers for Robin for several years and she was wonderful to work for. Always so upbeat, even in the time battling cancer. She always had a smile on her face. A delightful person and will be greatly missed.

    Carolyn Williams
    Aug. 22, 2017
    Richland, WA
  • Jim & Family, We are so sorry that you have experienced such a great loss at the death of Robin. She was such a bright and warm person who loved her family, even into earlier generation. She wanted to know them all. We counted it a privilege to know both of you. May God continue to bless your ministry and family. .

    Don and Clara Hunt
    Aug. 20, 2017
    Valdese, North Carolina
  • I was on the PTA board with Robin at Jason Lee and know how tirelessly she worked. She also required that of us so we accomplished a great deal! When our son Eric also came down with leukemia I called her and she offered much encouragement. On our way out of town to take him to Children's Hospital she had us stop by so she could give us books to read about what to expect. Unfortunately he died after only 2 1/2 weeks but her gesture was very meaningful. I had stopped by her home a few times when I heard her cancer had returned. I regret not doing it more! I am sorry I will have to miss her service.

    Priscilla Parker
    Aug. 18, 2017
    Richland, WA
  • Jim, Paul, Eric, Kirk, and Bret (and families), We are in CA and AZ, and we heard about Robin's passing. So sorry! It is hard, but know she is in a good place now. Robin certainly lived a good and full life! I know Jesus is saying to her, "well done my good and faithful servant." We won't be in Richland for her memorial service, but know our thoughts and prayers are with you guys! God Bless, Bob and Vicki

    Bob and Vicki Stenner
    Aug. 16, 2017
    CA and AZ
  • Dear Jim and family, Words cannot describe how much I admired, respected and adored Robin. Her courage, tenacity, kindness and enthusiasm were inspiring. She touched so many lives. Her constant belief in her students' abilities was something to behold. Robin, dear Robin- you left such a huge beautiful mark in this world. It isn't the same without you. I am blessed to have known you.

    Betsy Fox Vance
    Aug. 16, 2017
  • Robin was an inspiration to her JEA and WJEA friends, not only for her dedication to her students, but for her courageous fight against her recurring cancer. To me, she was a wonderful friend who proved long distances don't matter. I loved hearing about her foreign adventures with JIm. She never let cancer interfere with a great trip and l loved hearing about them. Send Jim your thoughts and prayers because losing Robin left a big tremendous hole in his life. All her many friends, especially me, will miss her and her WJEA scholarship will continue to recognize her dedication to student journalism.

    Fern Valentine
    Aug. 16, 2017
    Auburn, WA 98092
  • Robin's was a life well lived - an inspiration to all; to do good works, to help others, to teach and inspire us to be better and braver souls every day. I will miss you, my friend and travel partner, my "Sis."

    Sherry Davis
    Aug. 16, 2017
    Richland, WA
  • Jim and Family, Your wife/mother made special relationships here when she came back to Pfeiffer a spring ago. She left a legacy as a student and that grew exponentially with her renewed interest and support of the school newspaper and the Communication Program. We are blessed to have been touched by her "make things happen" style and spirit. I am grateful that I came to know her. Blessings to you all.

    Deborah Burris
    Aug. 16, 2017
    Misenheimer, North Carolina
  • What a wonderful life and legacy for Robin. My condolences and prayers for the Lord's peace and comfort forall of you during this difficult time.

    Mark Vandine
    Aug. 16, 2017
    Spokane, WA
  • We are so sorry for your loss. Robin's love for her students, and for ours, is evident in so many ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. May you experience God's peace and comfort.

    Jo Ellen Newsome
    Aug. 16, 2017
    Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC
  • God blessed me when he brought the Morris family into my life and made me a part of it. My Grandma Robin never treated me any differently for being her son's Step Daughter. I am so thankful to have had such a great example of the kind of woman, wife, mother and friend I want to be. I'll miss you every day, Grandma. I'll celebrate our birthday big for us every year now. I love you.

    Megan Hecock
    Aug. 15, 2017
    Richland, WA
  • Even though I only met Robin once, she was a very nice lady. I know she loved her family very much and will be missed.

    Scotque Massett
    Aug. 15, 2017
    Tacoma, WA
  • One can only hope to have an impact on as many lives as Robin did in her lifetime. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you find peace & comfort.

    Rosa Smith
    Aug. 15, 2017
    Clarksville, TN
  • Thinking of you all! Your Mom was a great gal who will be missed by many.

    Britta Thompson
    Aug. 15, 2017
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I Pray God will give you strength to get through the days and weeks ahead. Melanie Tibbs

    Melanie Tibbs
    Aug. 15, 2017
    Newton NC
  • Robin will be missed by all she touched.

    Stefanie Morris
    Aug. 15, 2017
    Clarksville, TN 37042

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