Martha Morris


BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Martha A. Morris, 66, of Brookline, Mass., and a former Defiance resident, passed away at her residence on November 17, 2013, after a three-year battle with cancer, with her son, Don, at her side.

She was born April 30, 1947, in Defiance and was the daughter of the late Edward and Rose (Kennedy) Ankney. Martha was a 1965 graduate of Defiance High School and worked locally in a nursing home, factory and restaurant. She moved to the Boston area in 1993 from Toledo. Martha was a loving and kind person who fought her illness with grace and dignity. She loved animals and nature and watching old movies. Martha believed that the world's problems could be solved with a cup of coffee or a Coke.

Martha was married to Donovan Morris and is survived by a son, Don Morris of Boston, Mass.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Robert, James, Vern and Joseph Ankney.

Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, November 27, 2013, in the Mission Church in Boston. Graveside service will be Monday, December 23, 2013, in Riverside Cemetery at 1 p.m. with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Schaffer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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  • My Mother, simply put, was the kindest and most decent person that I have ever known.  I think the people of Defiance should know that Marrtha was a proud Defiance Bulldog who was the most grateful and unassuming person that you would ever meet.  If you had a cup of coffee with her, you could become lifelong friends.


    As with everthing that she did, she believed in hard work and sacrifice, never expected or felt entitled for anything, and was greatful for everything.  She was the most gracious and grateful person that I ever knew.


    My Mother loved people, animals of all sorts, public parks and  classic movies.  Martha believed in the common decency of reasonable people, coming together and talking.  When progress was possible, people could live their fullest and richest lives.  My mother was simple and humble, armed with a Coke or a Chock-Full-O-Nut coffee, she could take on the world.


    My Mother was a wonderful Mom, a hard worker who sacrificed for me greatly.  Without reservation, I can say to the people of Defiance that knew her, Martha was someone that her hometown could be proud of.  I hope you and Defiance loved her the same I I do, and as much as she loved Defiance.