Jamie L. Morris

Jamie L. Morris

SHORT GAP, W.Va. - Jamie Lea Morris, 53, of Short Gap, passed away at The Lions Center on Sunday, June 29, 2008 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 20, 1954 in Cumberland, she was the daughter of Rose Billie (Brant) Morris, Short Gap and the late James Edward Morris. Jamie was also preceded in death by her brother, Mike Morris in 2006; her maternal grandparents, Charles and Ethel Brant; and her paternal grandparents, John Morris and Olive (Stafford) Morris Witt.

Of special note, Jamie was predeceased by her beloved Yorkie Terrier, Casey, in 2005, two months prior to the onset of her illness. She described Casey as, "Twelve years of the best little puppy anyone ever had."

Lovingly known to her family as "Nanny" (a name given to her by Jimmy), she is survived by her mother; beloved nephew, James Robert Morris, whom she raised from infancy; two sisters, Joni Simcik, Fort Ashby and Julie Morris, Fort Ashby, previously of Smithsburg, Md.; many nie-ces and nephews, Holly Ayn (Harden) Kidwell and husband Derrick, Brandi Noelle (Harden) Hershberger and husband Shawn, Melissa Renae (Harden) Kidwell and husband Travis, Kelly Beth Simcik and special friend, Josh Miller, Ashlie Megan Massey, Courtney Nicole Brelsford and Alexander J.E. Brelsford; her great nieces and nephews, "Sammy", Alanna and Mason Kidwell and Teagan Hershberger; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jamie graduated from Fort Ashby High School in 1972. In her younger years, she attended Melvin United Methodist Church and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Jamie's philosophy centered around making sure everyone around her knew they were loved. For special occasions in the lives of her friends and family, Jamie would bake cakes, design cards and write poetry for the honoree. She worked at Biederlack for nine years and at Hunter-Douglas for one year until the onset of her illness. She made many friends and brought many laughs to her co-workers.

After her diagnosis, she turned her attention to her care providers, bringing poems and wearing silly hats to her appointments. They all remarked what a wonderful person she was and how it was never a chore to take care of their "Beloved Jamie". Among her many caregivers were her sister, Joni, Dr. Ahmad, the Oncology Clinic Staff, Third Floor at WMHS-Memorial Campus and the 400 Hall at The Lions Center.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene St., Cumberland, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Martha Ognibene officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jamie's name to either the American Cancer Society, 182 N. Mechanic St., Cumberland, MD 21502 or to any animal welfare organization.

Condolences to the family may be posted after Jamie's obituary at upchurchfh.com.

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