Iris Volena Morley 1931 – 2012

Posted on November 14th in Obituaries

Iris Volena Morley, 81, of Burns died at her home on Oct. 23, with family by her side.

Iris was born on April 19, 1931 in Mountain City, Tenn., to Nelson and Lottie Harper.

On December 29, 1948, she became Mrs. Nelson T. Morley and soon moved to Kinzua, where she raised six children of her own and a host of neighbor kids.  She loved to cook and always had doughnuts, maple bars and cookies to serve to whoever came around.

Iris worked at the Kinzua Mill for several years and later managed the Kinzua Mercantile, until Kinzua closed down.  She moved to Burns in 1978, where she worked at Snow Mountain Pine, Frenchglen Millworks and Lee’s Custom Cutting until she retired.

Her passion was gardening, and she could grow anything.  She also loved to sew, crochet, read and discuss politics.

Iris is survived by her sons, Lynn Morley and family of Fossil; and Rick Morley of Burns; daughters, Nancy Messenger and family of Condon; Chris Springer and family of Hood River; Debbie Morley and family of Burns; daughter-in-law, Jean Morley of Burns; several grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson, in 1971 and her oldest son, Larry, in 2009.

A private graveside service for Iris was held on Oct. 27, in Fossil.

Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements.


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