Morris, Katherine L.


March 6, 1953 - Jan. 25, 2010

Katherine Morris was born on March 6, 1953 at the old Baptist Hospital in Alexandria , Louisiana to the late Rev. Bobby Joe Sermons and Billie Ruth Mott. Katherine passed away at her home on January 25, 2010 . She is survived by her husband, William Morris, her mother, Billie Sermons, her children, April Tate and Richard L. McInnis, Jr. and two step-children, Jeana Hebert and Jacob Morris. She is also survived by six grandchildren one of which was born the day after Katherine passed away.

Katherine was a graduate of Tioga High School in Tioga , Louisiana where she excelled not only in her academics but also extra-curricula activities as well. She was a majorette throughout high school and played the trumpet in the high school band. She was also a member of the Glee Club having a beautiful voice. Katherine was a member of the Beta Club graduating in 1972 with honors.

In 1984 Katherine graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville , Louisiana with a degree in Criminal Justice. Katherine spent many years working for the State of Louisiana as a Support Enforcement Officer. She retired from the state in 2007.

Katherine was working for the state in Baton Rouge when it was discovered that she had breast cancer. This did not stop her from working or working toward her Master's Degree in Public Administration at Southern University in Baton Rouge . She earned her degree in spite of taking extensive chemo treatment which almost incapacitated her at times.

Katherine was a jack-of-all-trades. She could take nothing and make something out of it. She remodeled her entire house over the years. She was quite fond of her power tools.

Katherine received her call to ministry while living in Baton Rouge . She was raised as a missionary Baptist and was told all her life that a woman could not be a pastor. The call came after joining First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge . Because of her upbringing she fought the call with everything she had but God finally won the battle. Katherine loved the Lord and his word. She loved the people she served while pastor at Bethel U.M.C. in Deville , Louisiana and at Pleasant Grove U.M.C. in Pineville where she was serving at the time of her death. Katherine never met a stranger and always tried to find the good in everyone. She was much the optimist and believed that nothing was impossible.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2010

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