Martha Mildred (Daniels) Morris passed away in her sleep on December 18, 2009 at the age of 85 years. She was pre-deceased by her son Bradley in 1978 and husband Charles (Chuck) in 2003. Martha will always be remembered as a gentle, thoughtful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Martha was born Feb 8, 1924 to Dan and Artie Mae Daniels at Tees, Alberta. Growing up on a small prairie farm with her 9 siblings through the hardship of those early years established the quiet determination and work ethic that Martha would carry throughout her life. In 1942 at the age of 18, the spirit of adventure led her to enlist in the Air Force where she served as a nurse based in Montreal. It was a frightening, yet exhilarating time to be an unworldly country mouse living in the big city. A handsome, gregarious Quebecer who had just returned from serving with the airforce in England caught her eye, and in 1947 she married Charles (Chuck) Morris in a small ceremony in Montreal.
In 1948, after serving their country, the newlyweds were enticed back to the wide-open prairie skies to start their family. Martha found work nursing at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary, and in the following years raised her 4 children in the Lacombe area.
After 15 years, Chuck applied for Veterans Homestead land in Northern Alberta, so they packed up and headed north. Leaving her comfortable, civilized home in Central Alberta to move to a raw, isolated homestead was a challenge for Martha, who also worked out of the home at the Fort Vermilion Hospital. Snow was melted for bathing water and occasionally the propane would freeze in the tank, but the family persevered and thrived.
Another big move in 1970 brought Chuck and Martha to Armstrong, BC where Martha again found work at the local Armstrong Hospital. Martha retired from Nursing in the late 1970’s, but fondly remembered the camaraderie amongst the Doctors and Nurses who worked at that little brick hospital.
Not quite done with the North, Martha and Chuck spent several summers managing the High Level Golf and Country Club. Many lifelong friendships as well as their favorite retirement activity developed during their years at the community golf course.
Moving to Notch Hill, BC in their retirement, Martha and Chuck wintered in Yuma, Arizona while spending their summers in the Shuswap. Martha always went for her daily walk, and enjoyed passing her time baking, knitting, and reading. She was also an avid sportsfan, from the days of cheering on her young ‘Chucker’ playing semi-professional baseball in Montreal and Alberta. Her mischievous giggle could be heard when she might unexpectedly tell an off-colour joke.
Martha spent her final years in Hinton, AB that allowed her to be closer to her daughter, Cheryl.
Martha will be sadly missed by all she touched on her life’s adventures and journeys. In her career, her family and community, she always put other first. She leaves to cherish her memory children Brian (Charlotte), Blair (Debbie), Cheryl (Brian) and grandchildren Tanya, Tyler, and Branden. A drop-in memorial tea to celebrate Martha’s life will be held on May 23, 2010 starting at 2:30 PM at the Legion in Armstrong, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations in Martha’s memory may be made to the Kindale Developmental Workshop, 2725 Patterson Ave, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B0.
If you would like more information contact Blair Morris: (250)-675-3600, email@example.com, Box 127 Sorrento, BC V0E 2W0
“As my thoughts go back over the past,
There’s a memory there I try to grasp.
It’s that of a friend, who’s not very far,
She has gone up above to bring forth a new star”
– Martha M. Daniels, 1946