It was the need of money during tough times that brought so many customers to Jean Morris, but it was her kind and compassionate response, her daughter Shannon Bledsoe said, that attracted customers to her as a friend.
"She was the kind of person that people felt they could come to when they had problems," Mrs. Bledsoe said, referring to her mother's time as a manager of the Veterans Administration Hospital Federal Credit Union from 1964 to her retirement in 1990.
On Friday, Mrs. Morris died at the age of 78 after a battle with breast cancer. Mrs. Bledsoe said she left behind a legacy as a good mother, wife and helper to those in need of loans and friendship.
"I know she will truly be missed by more than family because of the impact she had on the community here," Mrs. Bledsoe said.
Mrs. Morris was a member of the Georgia Credit Union affiliates and received numerous awards, including the Moses C. Davis Award for Professional of the Year in 1986. She also was active in the Augusta chapter of credit unions, a member of the American Business Women's Association, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Augusta and a volunteer pink lady at St. Joseph Hospital.
Born in Evans, Mrs. Morris had four siblings and was married for 58 years to Carlton Morris. Her eulogy will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Platt's Crawford Avenue Chapel.
"We're going to have more of a eulogy than a funeral because so many people want to talk about what she meant to them," Mrs. Bledsoe said.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Platt's Funeral Home on Crawford Avenue.
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