Gloria Morris


Gloria (Bishop) Morris of Murrieta, Calif., formerly of Bethel, Conn., died on June 21 at age 65 after a nine-year battle with cancer. She was the wife of Wayne E. Morris, her soulmate of almost 44 years of marriage (living in Bethel, Conn., for 60 years before moving to California), and the daughter of Jean Owen Bishop of Edgartown.

Gloria graduated from Immaculate High School and Western Connecticut State College, both in Danbury, Conn. Over the years she was fortunate to have worked for several great organizations including Danbury Public Library, Bethel Public Schools, Supermarket General, Heli-Coil, and Excel Partnership/SAI Global before retiring in 2015 from Pharmco-AAPER.

She was a past vestry member and preschool teacher at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bethel, Conn. She loved making fudge and pumpkin bread, going for walks, cruises, and spending time with her twin granddaughters.

Gloria is survived by her amazing husband, Wayne E. Morris, loving mother Jean Owen Bishop of Edgartown, fantastic son David, incredible daughter-in-law Erin, and precious twin granddaughters Zoe and Madeleine (Maddie) of Carlsbad, Calif. She is also survived by a sister-in law, Donna Bishop, in Edgartown and her two sons, William and James Bishop; brother-in-law Robert Morris (Pat) and sister-in-law Cheryl Hancock, in North Carolina; an aunt, Marcia Merck Christiano of Bethel, Conn., and several other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother William (“Bill”) Bishop, father William C. Bishop, and loving “Gido” Tofic Deep Owen.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, technical teams and support staff who took care of her at Danbury Hospital (Connecticut), MSK (New York), and USC-Keck and Scripps Clinic (both in California).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering, P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741, or Hospice of the Valleys, 25240 Hancock Ave., Murrieta, CA 92562-5990.