Eleanor L. Morris (Madigan) – May 9, 2017

Livonia: May 9, 2017 at age 88 years. Eleanor peacefully slipped the bond her body had become on a peaceful spring afternoon surrounded by her loving family. Eleanor is predeceased by her husband Joseph R. Morris Sr., her parents Gerald & Margaret Madigan, her grandson Christopher Copeland, daughter-in-law Ellen Calhoun-Morris, brothers; Tom, Richard, and Jerry Madigan. She is survived by her 7 children, Joseph, Michael, Patricia (Randy Remming), Kathy (John Blanchard), Sheila (Paul Bedard), Maureen (Ken Smith), Eileen (Jeff Fugle), special friends Amir & Katie Aghaghari; grandchildren, Stephen Morris, Heather Morris, Cameron Copeland (Tina), Joseph Costanza, James Herrmann, Mark (Astrid), Aaron, Ian, Rachel, Ruth, and Gabe Herrmann, Rachel (Ashley Oelschlaeger), Annalee (Brandon Weiss) and Victoria Coon (Lance Shreeve), Patricia (Dustie Gaskins), and Leanne Smith, Alison and Elean Fugle (Andrew Gimlich), Jenny (Eric Reinhart); great-grandchildren, Natalie Tschiderer, Layla Morris, Madison Copeland, Arianna Copeland, Hunter & Alexandra Weiss, Avery & Elijah Gimlich, Cadence, Jonathon and Elyza Reinhart, Joshua Oelschlaeger, and Harmony Monachino; Siblings, Bob (Joan) Madigan, Terri Harrington, Ginny (Larry) Lejuett, Kathy Madigan (Julie), and Madelyn Dir. Also remembered are many nieces & nephews, children that adopted her, and her many other friends and relatives.

Eleanor Madigan Morris was born in Rochester, NY on October 23, 1928. She spent her childhood years in Lima, NY in a large and loving family. She was educated at Geneseo State College and received her Teaching Degree, taught 6th grade English in Livonia and was active in Special Education.

She married Joseph Morris on July 19, 1952 and they had 7 beautiful children together. Joe’s job took them from Rochester, NY to Massachusetts and Maryland, returning to Livonia, NY in 1972. They spent the remainder of their years as proud residents of Livonia.

Eleanor was a compassionate, kind advocate of all things great and small. She became a foster parent because her heart saw the need for a loving home for all children. She became Mom to over 150 kids. She opened her heart and home to all, making sure there was a meal and a place for anyone in need to lay their head. She became a Social Worker while still maintaining an open door. She was an active community member who loved to participate in school plays, making many costumes, and doing makeup. She was a member of the Historical Society and had a wonderful flair for editing books and perfect grammar. She had a passion for all kinds of music in her children and her grandchildren. Eleanor loved her family to infinity. Eleanor called the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation home for many years and made the most of her time spent there. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at the CNR for all they did for Eleanor over the years.

Friends may call Friday, May 19th, from 4-7pm at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree St., Rte 15 & 20A, Livonia. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 20th, at 10:30am at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 6591 Richmond Mills Road, Rte 20A, Livonia. Burial will immediately follow at St. Michaels Cemetery, Livonia. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Matthew’s Church, PO Box 77, Livonia, NY 14487, Harrison-Lee American Legion Post 283, 3850 Federal Road, Livonia, NY 14487, or the Verona Street Animal Society, 184 Verona Street, Rochester, NY 14608. To send condolences or further information please visit:


7 thoughts on “Eleanor L. Morris (Madigan) – May 9, 2017

  1. Wishing all the loved ones of Mrs. Morris our condolences. We are so saddened to learn of your loss. The Earth has lost one of the most incredible woman. We are unable to personally share in your memorial to her. Please know our hearts ache for you but we know she’s in Heaven with her beloved husband and grandson. Warm embraces especially to Mike, Patty, Eileen, Maureen, Cameron, Heather and Tricia. Love the Ancefsky’s

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will miss her. She was our anagram champion. Peace to you all. Love, Janice.

  3. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Having known Eleanor as my siblings friend all my life and then having shared many times with all of them I have great memories. Love, Carol Pendergast

  4. Loved the good ole days with my second mom (and dad) watchin over us all. Nothing got past her ( them). I will always appreciate the love and support. Hugs n kisses. Debbie mcNicholas

  5. Eleanor will be greatly missed, I count myself among the many she helped along the way. I was very lucky to have been a part of their family for awhile. I love them all and still feel a closeness to them. Thanks Eleanor and Joe for all you did, I know you will be watching over all of us. Micci.

  6. I have many fond memories as a teenager hanging out with all the Morris kids, as well as their foster brothers and sisters. I was one of many who were blessed to have this compasssionate, kind and funny lady for their adopted Mom. She made each of us feel special and well-loved. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Love, Mary (Moran) Krest

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