Thursday, March 30, 2017

Roberta Leta (Parkhurst) Morris 1935-2002

Roberta Leta Morris, daughter of Johnnie William and Ester Pearl (Rhodes) Parkhurst, was born March 3, 1935 in Butler, Oklahoma. 

Roberta departed this life on March 23, 2002 at her home in Waynesville at the age of 67 years. 

Roberta worked on the assembly line at Brown Shoe Company for six years before becoming the owner and operator of Cozy Arts Theatre, Cozy Acres Mobile Home Court, Beauty Shop, Laundry Mat and Tattoo Shop. 

Roberta was a member of the VFW Post 3176 Ladies Auxiliary, Waynesville/St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce, Gardening Club and the Arbor Day Foundation. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and hummingbirds. 

Roberta will be sadly missed by three sons: Carl Dean Morris of Waynesville, and Terry and Carl Reed of the State of Oklahoma; and two daughters: Angel Hanley of Dayton, Ohio and Sherrie Montaruli of Nixa. She also leaves three brothers: Wayne Parkhurst and wife Juanice, and Melvin Parkhurst and wife Deanne, all of Cheyenne, Okla., and Robert Parkhurst and wife Nadine of Duncan, Okla.; four grandchildren: Carl Dale MorrisCharles ReedElizabeth Ann Morris and Jennifer Reed; and four stepsisters: Mary Lou VanPelt, Jane Lambe, Wanda Fay Montgomery and Lorene Schultz. Also surviving are her best friend Sharon Carrigar; friends John Culbertson and Roger Alley; sister-in-law Jean Parkhurst; and several other relatives and friends. 

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Ester Parkhurst; one son, Lou Burns; and two brothers, Jimmie Eugene and Marion Parkhurst.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2002 in the Waynesville 
Memorial Chapel with Rev. Juanice Parkhurst officiating. Roberta's daughter Angel sang "Amazing Grace" and "What A Day That Will Be" while accompanied by her husband David. Acknowledgments were read by dear friends Ivan Roberts and Loretta Terrio. The congregation sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Softly and Tenderly." Serving as escorts were Roger Alley, Brock Cameron, Ron James, Carl Dale Morris, Carl Dean Morris, John Montaruli, Melvin Parkhurst, and Ivan Roberts. 

Burial was in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of the Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

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