Leone Irene Morris passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
A longtime resident of Tiffin, Leone moved to Nebraska in April 2000 to be with family, and later followed them to Tennessee. Leone was born Dec. 20, 1924, in Westerly, W.Va., to Ethel Cisely (Mallabone) and Charles Lohman.
During World War II, she was a welder on landing ship tanks (LSTs) for the U.S. Navy at the Dravo Corporation Shipyard, Neville Island, Pa. Due to her small stature, she easily welded in the nooks and crannies.
Leone and her husband adventurously drove the Alcan Highway long before it was paved. Road trips across the country, and even to Nova Scotia on long weekends, were not out of the question. Family vacations meant camping and Leone spending many nights with her young family in canvas tents applying nail polish to her chigger-covered young sons.
Leone spent many years as a housekeeper and became the first head of housekeeping for Autumnwood Care Center, Tiffin, from which she retired. Leone was well remembered for rushing down the halls in her yellow smock with a dust rag always in hand. She loved to dance and was a member of the Eastern Star. Leone's family eagerly awaited the Thanksgiving table that wouldn't be complete without her homemade noodles. Her noodle legacy continues with her great-grandchildren now helping to make them.
She was a Cub Scout den mother and a wonderful cook. Leone was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother; her wonderful smile and spunky spirit will be sorely missed.
Leone was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne Norman Morris; and brother Jack Lohman of Maumee.
She is survived by two sons, Wayne Charles (Mary Ann) Morris of Deland, Fla., and Maj. David Ray (Mary Louise) Morris, USAF retired, of Gallatin, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Daniel Ray Morris and Thomas Alan Morris; seven great-grandchildren, Cameron, Caitlyn, Cole, Jack, Alex, Millie and Henry; two stepgrandchildren, Kathy (Herman) Rakovec and Jason Herman; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Blaine, Braydon, Mathias and Serenity.
She requested to be an anatomical gift to Vanderbilt University; therefore, burial will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or to a charity of the donor's choice.