Elizabeth L. Morris, Balto. County Council secretary

The Baltimore Sun

Elizabeth L. Morris, former executive secretary to the Baltimore County Council and a homemaker, died Saturday of throat cancer at her Ruxton home. She was 86.

Elizabeth L. Kelly was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. She was a 1939 graduate of Towson High School and married Walter J. Lears Jr. in 1941.

Mr. Lears, a Baltimore County utilities inspector, died in 1975.

From 1954 until retiring in 1984, Mrs. Morris was executive secretary to the County Council.

Mrs. Morris, who lived on Ruxway Road, enjoyed gardening and playing bridge and Scrabble.

"My mother was a little woman with a huge heart," said a son, Walter J. "Bunky" Lears III of Lutherville. "She put love into everything she did, from caring for friends and family to cooking huge meals for every occasion and tending her garden plants."

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are her husband of 16 years, Vernon B. Morris, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. chemical engineer; another son, Jeffrey Lears of New Freedom, Pa.; two daughters, Diane L. Stern of Owings Mills and Linda L. Forrester of Bradenton, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Micki Morris of Baltimore; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Maureen Whitcraft, died in 1996.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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