Willa Morris

August 20, 1937 ‒ February 25, 2020

Marengo, Ohio

On Tuesday, February 25th, 2020, Willa Morris, 82 of Marengo Ohio passed from this earth to spend eternity with her heavenly father. As the sibling dubbed “Daddy’s Girl” it was so fitting that she passed on the 35th anniversary of her daddy’s passing. Their times of passing were even within just a couple hours of each other.

She was born Clara Willadean Jarvis on August 20th, 1937 to the late Otho and Linda (Lowe) Jarvis in Quick, West Virginia. It was later in her young adult life that she dropped Clara and became Willa Dene.

She met Charles (Joe) Wilbur Morris, the love of her life and was married in 1957. They were married for 54 years before Joe passed away in August 2012. Together they had a daughter, Teresa Ann.

Willa never knew a stranger. After moving to Marengo, she became the local Avon rep, spending countless hours going door to door selling and visiting with all of the local ladies. She also spent numerous years being a blessing to so many people as she volunteered in her church as a door greeter. She was definitely a hugger!

There were many names and roles to Willa- wife, mother, sister, Aunt, Nana and friend to name a few.  She was one of eleven siblings, which meant she had a lot of very special nieces and nephews. She loved them all and they all held a very dear place in her heart!

Willa was preceded in death by her husband Joe, her parents, an infant brother John Jarvis, brothers Allen Jarvis, Leeroy Jarvis and Darrell Jarvis, sister Mildred Miller, nieces Carol Norman and Kathy Miller and nephew Steven Miller.

Willa is survived by her daughter Teresa (Ron) Garlinger, granddaughter Amber (Weston) Brubaker, grandson Adam (Kelly) Garlinger, great-grandsons Benjamin Brubaker, Gabriel Garlinger, Elijah Garlinger. Also survived by sisters Dolly Svoboda, Louise Miller, June (Roger) Mowery and brothers Sherman (Ada) Jarvis Frank Jarvis (Joyce) and Arthur {Ottie} (Sharon) Jarvis.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dwayne Russell officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

The family gives their special thanks to Willa’s oncology team at OSU for their dedication to helping her fight the fight against lung cancer.  To the doctors and nurses at the Morrow County Hospital for their care and concern while she spent time admitted there. To the staff at Country View nursing home for their kind and loving hands these last four months of her life. And lastly, to Bella Care Hospice for their attentiveness to not only Willa’s final needs, but any needs of the family.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Willa’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I loved my Aunt Willy very much! She meant so much to Mom, her sister Mildered. And to my sister Pam whom i love more than words can describe!

  • Aunt Willa was such a vibrant and loving Aunt and she holds a dear place in my heart. It was great to visit with her and I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood of that smile, open arms, and the pinching of the cheeks. I know she is in a wonderful place with familiar faces all around her.

    I love you so very much Aunt Willa and look forward to the day I see you again. I know you will be waiting with a hug. 💟

  • Aunt Willa Loving Aunt. So Sweet and Kind. I have many fun memories. I love Love Love her. She always greeted everyone she knew with A Hug. Would love one of those Hugs Right Now, Someday I will get one. Love You Aunt Willa…

  • I sure do love this little lady. I look forward to seeing her someday in heaven and she is now with so many of her precious loved ones including my mom , who felt like she was a sister. She truly never knew a stranger… Lots of love in this little lady. I will miss talking to her. Love you all

  • So sorry for you loss Teresa, Ron, Amber and Adam along with all of those who loved her. She is rejoicing in Heaven now and I hope that brings you comfort. I will be out of town this weekend and will not be able to attend her calling hours but my heart is with you. Blessings!

  • Willa was a wonderful woman. Faithful to her God and her family. She will be missed greatly. Prayers for the family and rejoicing for Willa. Her reward is hers now.

  • We are so sorry for your loss, all I could think about when my Mom died was she was with her family now! Before she died, she seen her 11 sisters all the time, every morning she swore they were sleeping up stairs! They had already passed. So I don’t know how your dealing with this, it is hard we know, but maybe you can think of it like that! Also their finnaly out of their pain!

  • Loved being in church with her in Edison. She was a great hugger and always had a smile. Her race is over and now the prize begins.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. May you find solace in knowing the battle is over and she won.

  • My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember her from when my mom used to visit her when I was a kid. She was always so nice.