Novice H. Morris
July 28, 1929 ‒ January 14, 2016
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Novice Marvene Hinton Morris , age 86, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Country Club Retirement Center in Mount Vernon. She was born on Sunday, July 28, 1929 in Nashville, Tennessee, the daughter of Ellis C. Hinton and Erlean (Colley) Hinton. She attended Warner Elementary School, East Junior High School and East Senior High School in Nashville. Novice was a straight “A” student and played basketball in her senior year.
Novice knew that for financial reasons she would not be able to attend college and the only three professional careers open to women in those days required a college degree. Even at age nine, Novice was asking God to open some windows that would indicate how to prepare herself to be the best secretary that she could be. During her forty-four year work career she served at radio station WSM and WSM-TV. She was secretary to a lawyer; at an appliance repair shop; typed at home for the R.L. Polk Company while her children were small; started the bookstore at Trevecca Nazarene College, and served three pastors at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Nashville (including Dr. John A. Knight).
In 1972, Dr. Knight was elected the second president of Mount Vernon Nazarene College and in 1973 Cecil, Novice and their daughter, Kristi, moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio where she served as secretary, executive secretary and administrative assistant to five MVNU presidents. She retired in 1991 to take care of her husband.
Novice married Cecil E. Morris on March 26, 1948. They had been married for fifty-two years at the time of his death in 1999. He established the security program at MVNU. Cecil and Novice had four daughters. Donna Gail, their second daughter, only lived one day.
Novice is survived by her daughters, Vicki Lynn Lupo, Cathy Cay (Bruce) Stewart and Kristi Lou (Bobby) Small, eight grandchildren and their spouses: Greg Kidd, Brian Kidd, Jennifer Kidd, Daniel and Carrie (Higgs) Peeples, Clint Harstine, Cayla Harstine, Rob and Andi (Phillips) Small, and Matt and Jami (Small) Pope. She is also survived by twelve great grandchildren, Dylan Kidd Cooper; Brady, Jacob and Lucas Kidd; Tanner and Tate Peeples; Will and Brianna Small; and Bayli, Rhyli, Presli and Gradyn Pope.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Cecil.
Friends may call on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral. Rev. Russ Gumm will be officiating.
Friends may also call on Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Wiseman Funeral Home in Portland, Tennessee. A graveside service with Pastor Andy Mathias will be held at 2 p.m. in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Novice’s name may be made to the MVNU Women’s Auxiliary Endowment Fund, 800 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.
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