You would not expect a woman who lived with motion sickness to join the Navy, but the determination of Thekla “T” Willemenia Morris was not going to let anything slow her down. She received her RN at Georgia Baptist in 1944 and graduated from Holy Names in Oakland, Calif., in 1951 - the same year she joined the Navy. Throughout her 27 years as a nurse in the Navy, she continued her studies at every station. She retired with the rank of commander from Pensacola Naval Hospital in July of 1978, receiving so many accolades she could have saved money on wallpaper.
Thekla packed her life with insatiable curiosity which was revealed in her myriad of hobbies. Suiseki, bonsai, golf, calligraphy, painting, ceramics, wood working, numismatist, candle making, traveling, minerology, bird watching, national park enthusiast, square dancing and bowling to name some.
Thekla was born in Hopkins County, graduated from Sulphur Springs High School and went to eternity on Jan. 22, 2021 at the age of 97.
She is survived by her brother, Richard Morris of Lockhart, Texas, multiple nieces and nephews and an innumerable number of people who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings.
She will be interred at the family plot at Greenview Cemetery in Hopkins County, Texas.