Lizzinina Mae "Lizzie" Joiner-Morris .
April 3, 2012,
Oct. 5, 1925
Lizzinina Mae 'Lizzie' Joiner-Morris departed this life at Lourdes Medical Center on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after a brief illness. She was 93. Lizzie was born Dec. 12, 1918 in Hemphill, W.V., the daughter of the late Nellie Joiner and Frank Goodman. She attended high school in Hemphill. Lizzie accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was a faithful member and worked diligently in various auxiliaries and committees at Saint Paul United Methodist Church. She worked as a seamstress in the garment industry in New York City from 1943 to 1966, learning the secrets of the fashion trade. Then she moved with her husband, Wesley Morris, a Merchant Marine, to Willingboro. As they raised their daughter, Sherrie Patricia Morris, Lizzie worked at the Hamilton Post Office for 16 ½ years until her retirement. One of Willingboro's early residents, Lizzie helped found the Police Athletic League, mentoring many young players. Active with the Order of the Eastern Star and the Red Hat Society, Lizzie also was honored as the Willingboro Rotary's first Person of the Year and named an Honorary Rotarian for Life. She brought her famous pies or newly invented cakes once a month to their meetings. Lizzie had direct access to numerous Democratic Governors and would march her pies directly into their office! She also fed families in need for decades, personally collecting food from local stores to fill 30 to 50 food baskets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, which she had the Willingboro Police help deliver. Before her beloved husband, Wesley, died in 1993, instead of anniversary gifts to each other, they prepared lunch on the Saturday before Mother's Day for the Willingboro Firefighters, Emergency Squad, and Police, and donated proceeds to a scholarship fund. She continued this luncheon annually, now the township's official Wesley Morris Memorial Luncheon. Lizzie also cooked for the EMS's monthly meetings. A member of the Willingboro Environmental Commission, Lizzie annually took hundreds of plain grocery bags to schools for students to decorate, which ShopRite then used to bag groceries on Earth Day. She was also on the Willingboro Zoning Board, Youth Achievement Committee, and Parade Committees. She single-handedly procured almost half the signatures needed for Town Council's Liquor Referendum to go on the ballot in 2002. She received the Willingboro Lifetime Pillar Award last March and the Willingboro Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2011. Her shining contribution, however, was her ardent work as a Democrat, with her motto of 'I was born a Democrat and I'll die a Democrat!' chiding all the 'If you don't vote, you've voted for the Republicans!' President of the Willingboro Democratic Club, Vice Chair of the Willingboro Democratic Committee, District 6 Committeewoman, and Peg Roberts Award recipient of the N.J. Federation of Democratic Women, Lizzie would drive to the Superintendent of Elections Office for a case of voter registration forms whenever her supply ran low. She was a Boardworker every Election Day for over 40 years, served as Assistant Secretary for the Burlington County Democratic Committee, where she was honored for Lifetime Achievement on March 29, attended all BCDC events and conventions, and helped set up the Dems' Farm Fair booth each year. She was part of 'The Stuffers,' helping with mailings for elected officials for years! In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherrie. She is survived by her grandson, Wesley Kyam Morris; first cousins, Barbara Joiner, Victoria Joiner, Mary Heard, Margaret Joiner, Franklin Joiner, and Carolyn Williams (Louis), all of Cleveland, Ohio, Kathryn Joiner and Betty Pittman, both of Albany, N.Y.; and a host of other cousins, family and friends. 'The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance on you, and give you peace.' - Numbers 6:22-24 Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 201 Levitt Pkwy., Willingboro. Relatives and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Goes-Scolieri Funeral Home, 212 Levitt Pkwy., Willingboro, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment will be in Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. Due to cemetery floral restrictions, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to the Wesley Morris Scholarship Fund, 32 Budhollow La., Willingboro, NJ 08046, in her memory. Goes-Scolieri Funeral Home, 212 Levitt Pkwy.,Willingboro New Jersey.
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