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Marjorie "Marji" Barnes Morris

Obituary for Marjorie "Marji" Barnes Morris

February 28, 1929 - September 7, 2018
Lakeway, Texas | Age 89


Marjorie Barnes Morris, long-time resident of Lakeway, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2018, following a stroke. She was 89 years old and had battled Alzheimer's disease for the past few years.

Marji was a native Texan, born February 28, 1929. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950. Marji was a pharmacist in Port Arthur, Texas, where she met and married Burton Barnes, who worked for Gulf Oil Company. They lived in Texas, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, Coral Gables, Florida, and then returned to Texas in 1963. While in Texas they vacationed in the relatively new Lakeway. They decided to purchase a lot on a cove and build a second home. They also purchased a sailboat and spent many weekends and vacations year-round entertaining family and friends on Lake Travis. In 1971, they were transferred to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they lived for six years before being transferred back to Houston, Texas.

After Burton retired, they moved to Lakeway. Their first project was to remodel the vacation home they had built in 1968 and had enjoyed coming back to every summer while they were living in Pennsylvania. Marji and Burton also explored the world, taking cruises, walking the paths of the Cotswolds and hiking the Swiss alps and Himalayas, where they survived a sudden snow storm by sheltering in a Sherpa's hut. Burton had articles published in several publications, including Hiking magazine and then began volunteering his time at Lakeway City Hall. Both Marji and Burton saw the need for a city park for Lakeway and this became the platform for Burton's successful campaign for mayor of Lakeway in 1993. After his election, their next project was making the City Park of Lakeway become a reality. After the park opened, Marji and Burton donated a bench with their granddaughters' names on it near the playground where they spent many happy times. She also enjoyed riding in Lakeway's July 4th parade with Burton and their granddaughters, throwing candy to the crowd and then going to the park in the evening to sit on the bench and watch the fireworks. Burton passed away in 1996.

Marji was fortunate to meet another wonderful man to share the adventure of life with when she met Arthur "Art" Morris who also lived in Lakeway. Their eight grandchildren, ranging in age from 3 years to 8 years old, were the attendants at their wedding. Marji and Art also enjoyed traveling and one year traveled literally around the world. They shared their love of travel with their families and grandchildren. While in Disney World one December, Marji was thrilled when the three grandchildren traveling with them were selected out of a crowd in front of Disney City Hall to help Mickey and Minnie light the Christmas tree. A few years later they invited all their children and grandchildren on a trip to Switzerland for which they organized transportation, chalets, picnics, elegant dinners at historic locations, as well as traditional Swiss fare and entertainment. Gathering everyone together was important to Marji, especially during the holidays. She always wanted the grandchildren to join her in working on a puzzle or playing cards or the domino game "Chicken Foot." One Christmas when Marji and Art were 80 years old, they surprised the entire family by showing a DVD of them sky-diving together -- they announced that it was one more thing they had crossed off their "bucket list."

Marji enjoyed playing bridge, dancing, singing, laughing and having a cocktail with her many friends at the weekly Sip and Sing while Art played the drums in a music combo at their final home in Longhorn Village. Art recently passed away on May 8, 2018.

"Marji" is survived by her uncle, John Alexander of New York, NY; aunt Marilynn Meyer and her son Randy and his wife Helen Meyer and their son Alex of Dallas, TX; son Bonner Barnes and his wife Anita of Houston and their daughters Corrin and Dana; daughter Carolyn and her husband Robert Duncan of The Woodlands and their daughters Emileigh and Alexandra; step-son Arthur Morris and step-son-in-law Fr. Michael Hiller of San Francisco, CA; step-son Tim Morris of Volente, TX and his son Sawyer of Austin, TX; step-daughter Patricia Hoffmann of Spicewood, TX and her children Andrew Hoffmann of Houston, TX, Zachary Hoffmann of New York, NY, and Kristina Hoffmann of Austin, TX; niece Linda West and her husband Frank Klavon of Butler, PA; nephew Arthur West and his wife Karen and their three sons of Pittsburgh, PA; and niece Bonnie and her husband William "Butch" Roher of Celina, TX and their three sons and a daughter. She was predeceased by both her parents, Ernest and Ruth Meyer of Port Arthur, TX; her uncle Edward Meyer of Dallas, TX; her two husbands, Burton Barnes and Arthur Morris, both of Lakeway, TX; sister-in-law Juliette "Judy" Barnes West of Pittsburgh, PA and her step-son-in-law Daniel Hoffmann of Spicewood, TX.

A celebration of Marji's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Weed Corley Fish Lake Travis Chapel, 411 Ranch Road 620 South, in Lakeway followed by internment at 2:00 p.m. at the Lakeway Memorial Garden, next to the Lakeway Church, 2203 Lakeway Blvd., in Lakeway, Texas.
Her family is grateful for the care provided to Marji by her helper Alicia Williams and the nurses, staff and administrators of the Longhorn Village Memory Care Center .

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the City Park of Lakeway or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

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