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Official Obituary of

Patricia Joan Morrow

August 12, 1933

Patricia Morrow Obituary

Patricia Joan Morrow (nee Evans) August 12, 1933 – February 21, 2024

Our mother, Pat Morrow, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2024.  She was 90 years old.  Mom was born to Elva and Henry Evans in the Missouri Boothill on their farm at No. 8, a couple of miles from Cooter, MO.  She grew up with her sister, Marilyn, picking cotton and vegetables, playing with her pet goats, and walking across the fields to the corner store.  At Cooter High School she played as a guard on the basketball team and was in the Number Eight 4-H club.  After graduating from high school, Pat moved to Memphis, TN to attend business school and became secretary to the president of the Hotel Chisca, in charge of hospitalities.  Hotel Chisca sponsored Pat to compete for Queen of the Memphis Cotton Carnival, a Mardi Gras style event and parade promoting local businesses.

Mom truly enjoyed her single working-girl-in-the-big-city life until one Halloween when the apartment building where she lived threw a party.  Mom wore a blue and white gingham scallop-hem dress with a saucy little hat – she said she was a blueberry.  He was dressed as a sheik with headdress and flowing robes.  They bonded over their similar upbringing on a farm, and both agreed that whatever type of work they encountered, it would never be as hard as chopping cotton.  This was the beginning of Fred and Pat’s Big Love of 45 years.

Pat and Fred were married on April 7,1961 and moved to New Orleans for his Ph.D. studies.  Mom gave birth to her daughters shortly afterwards.  In 1967 our family moved to Little Rock, AR where Dad founded the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas.  Mom worked hard to support Dad’s academic ventures and was an incredible mother as well.  She encouraged our creativity through countless hours driving us to clarinet and flute lessons, assisting in our dress-up fashion demonstrations and Saturday trips to the Arkansas Arts Center.  She always had time to watch our impromptu theatrical performances, which she lovingly praised.

Pat was a role model for activism, showing us how to stand up for what we feel is right.  When the large block of woods near our home was in danger of being cut down, Mom fixed us up with protest signs and we all headed to the busiest nearby street corner.  When there was a price-fixing scandal on school milk, as a member of the District PTA, she lobbied for fair prices.  When Little Rock public schools began busing to integrate the schools, she helped moderate family information sessions to promote an understanding of this important need.  And woe be to any Middle, Jr. High or High School principal should their school be found lacking in educational standards or fairness.

Mom continued to support us throughout our higher education years, always available for a comfort-call and advice.  And as we moved into our careers, she supported us as we tried to find our place in the world.  When Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announced his candidacy, Mom and Dad proudly volunteered to help elect him to two presidential terms.  As a member of the Arkansas Travelers, she campaigned in several states, attended the Democratic National Conventions, both Inaugurations and served as a volunteer in the White House.  When the Clinton Presidential Library opened in Little Rock, she volunteered there as well.

One of the most joyous times in Pat’s life began in 1997 when her first grandchild was born, shortly followed by her second in 1999.  She loved her grandsons immensely.  After the sad loss of Dad in 2005, she soon made the bold choice to move to Maris Grove Senior Community in Glen Mills, PA.  As she was fond of saying “I don’t want to miss the boys’ band concerts, birthdays, scouts and the chance to see them grow up!”  And she did just that.  And we all; the boys, the daughters, sons-in-law, extended family and friends have been blessed to have had her in our lives for so long a time.

She will be dearly missed and is survived by her sister, Marilyn Findley; her daughters, Shari Morrow Cooper and Teresa Morrow Brown; her sons-in-law, Jordan Cooper and Reginald Brown; grandchildren, Adam Cooper and Justin Cooper.  She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Fred A. Morrow.  All of whom loved her mightily and will never forget her wit, charm, grace, and undying love and care for them.

A Celebration of Life, in her honor, will be held at 12:00PM on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Concordville Event Center- Thornbury Room, 675 Conchester Highway, Glen Mills, PA.   A luncheon will follow.   A block of rooms will be reserved for out-of-town guests at the Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel.  To reserve, please call 610-358-9400.

The family has asked that flowers be omitted, they suggest a donation to the Clinton School of Public Service, https://clintonschool.uasys.edu/  or to the Maris Grove Resident Care Fund, 100 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA 19342.

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