Donna M. (Phillips) Morris

Born: Wed., Mar. 31, 1954
Died: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Jan. 13, 2019
Location: Stout & Son
Russiaville Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jan. 14, 2019
Location: Stout & Son
Russiaville Chapel

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Donna M. Morris, 64, Russiaville, passed away at 6:27 am Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Indiana University Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  She was born March 31, 1954, in Stuttgart, Germany, the daughter of John L. & Ruth (Thrasher) Phillips.  On December 28, 1974, she married Marlin R. Morris and he survives.

Donna graduated from Northwest High School in Indianapolis.  She earned her Registered Nursing degree from St. Elizabeth Nursing School in Lafayette.  She later earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University at Kokomo.  Her nursing career at Howard Community Hospital and the Howard County Health Department spanned nearly 40 years. She was a member of Forest United Methodist Church.

Donna spent her life serving and caring for others.  Her passions were nursing and her family.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her 6 grandchildren, whether it be reading books, playing games, or watching them compete on athletic fields.

Along with her husband Marlin, Donna is survived by her parents, John & Ruth Phillips; sons, David (Richelle) Morris, and Matthew (Ashley) Morris; grandchildren, Mason, Dylan, Parker, Colt, Katryn, and Emery Morris; siblings, John Jr (Beth) Phillips, Craig (Lisa) Phillips, Renate (Doug) Hayes, and Regina (Lester) Dalton, along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, January 14, 2019, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, with Rev. John Young officiating.  Burial will follow in Russiaville Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2-6 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Contributions may be made in Donna’s memory to Forest UMC, 9393 E County Rd 600 N, Forest, IN 46039, or St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, 5255 E Stop 11 Road, Suite 245, Indianapolis, IN 46237.  Messages of condolence may be left online at

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Barbaralee Trenary
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019

Marlin and family! So sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. May God be with you and comfort you, and guide you each day.

Barbaralee and Jay

Peggy and Helen Hollingsworth
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Thinking of all of you as you remember and celebrate a life well lived. Donna was the "ultimate" as a nurse, with caring and knowledge. Our family was always confident as we utilized the medical services of Howard Community Hospital during Ike's illnesses that we had a "family" connection there, if need be.

Peggy Faulkner BSN RN Coordinator of the NHG serving North Central Indiana
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
The Nursing Honor Guard serving North Central Indiana would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Morris family. We are thankful for Donna's strength, wisdom, soothing words, compassion, gentle healing hands and love of nursing. We are honored to help you celebrate her long nursing career. Please know that more than 90 nurses in North Central Indiana are praying for your family.

Gene and Reta Williams
   Posted Fri January 11, 2019
Marlin, David and Matt: We were blessed to know Donna and your family. We spent many nights on the bleachers for CC sports events. We also know of Donna's dedication to her profession. Gene and I are so saddened at her passing. I am sure she has left many memories of a wife, mother and grandmother. Keep those memories alive for her grandchildren. Our prayers are with you.

A. Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
I was touched by the many kind words for the Phillips & Morris families. What a living testament to the love for Donna & your family.
As you cherish the many fond memories, reflect on the time when sickness & death will be conditions of the past! (Revelation 21:4-5) This promise made by our loving God Jehovah & Jesus Christ guarantees the precious hope of seeing our loved ones again. (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19). May God’s word comfort & strengthen you each day, as we await the fulfillment of his promises! (Joshua 23:14)

Evelyn Calvert
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019

Marlin, Donna was such a special person. Sorry we can't be there in person to offer our condolences in person. We know how much you will miss her. You and the boys have been in our prayers. Bill and Evelyn Calvert

Kent and Susie Weaver
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Susie and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of Donna. We are praying for peace and comfort for the Phillips and Morris families. The community has lost a very skilled and caring Nurse who has provided loving care to many families. She will be missed greatly by her peers and co-workers.

Kayle Thompson and family
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Morris family,

Heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

Brenda Vaught Dant
   Posted Sat January 12, 2019
Marlin and family. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your precious Donna . I have such sweet memories of years ago. What a lovely kind heart she always showed me. I pray it gives you some comfort to know that there is no more pain and she is in heaven with our Lord and savior with the angels!!

Becky and Dean Walker
   Posted Sun January 13, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many who remember her as a wonderful lady. She will be missed. Draw close together as a family and let God help you at this difficult time.

   Posted Mon January 14, 2019
David and I are sad to hear about her passing. I worked with Donna for many years. Her smile, laugh and caring touch will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.