Francis Morris

Obituary of Francis L. Morris

Francis L. Morris It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Francis L. Morris of Horseheads, NY, who passed away peacefully on Friday, December 8, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Fran was predeceased by his parents, Francis I. and Esther (Ostrander) Morris, his son, Mark Morris who passed away April 20, 2014 and his canine companion, "Caesar". Fran is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Maureen "Mickey" (Cobb) Morris; seven beloved children: Tom (Sue) Morris of Kathleen, GA; with their children, Jennifer, Kyra and Michael; Kathy (Morris) Zeigler of Lakewood, WA; with her children, Joe and Matt; Patrick (Becky) Morris of D'Hanis, TX; with their children, P. J., Alysha and J. J.; Sue (Kevin) Cook of Elmira, NY; with their children, Keenan, Colin and "Wilson"; Ann (Zane) Brown of Elmira, NY; with their children, Nate, Zalayna and Zane; Cindy (Morris) Blair of Rockford, IL; with her children, Joshua and Michelle; Christopher Morris of Warrensburg, MO; with his children, Heather and Andrew; along with 13 great grandchildren. Fran started his career with the NYS Department of Corrections at Sing Sing, Attica and finally retired from the Elmira Reformatory after 26 years of dedicated service. For 40 years, Fran was a meat cutter in various grocery stores in the Southern Tier of New York, but mainly in Elmira. When the Morris family lived in Elmira on Liberty Street, Fran was the icon of that street. In the winter months, Fran would plow the entire neighborhood. He was a handy man, a jack of all trades and his motto was, "if he couldn't fix it, it wasn't broke". He loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening. Because of his meat cutting abilities, he would often process deer for all of his friends. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm to celebrate Fran's life. Family and friends are also welcome to leave condolences on his memorial page at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Fran's name may be directed to the Artic League 249 West Clinton Street Elmira, NY 14901.

Memorial Visitation at Funeral Home

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Walter J. Kent Funeral Home
858 Lake Street
Elmira, New York, United States
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