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Linda Morris

October 12, 1944 — September 16, 2014

Linda J. Morris

El Paso- Linda J Morris, 69, of El Paso, IL formerly of Eureka and Heyworth, IL passed away 8:25a.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Heritage Health in El Paso.

She was born October 12, 1944 to Henry and Alberta (Ballow) Geske in Bloomington, IL. She married Les Morris on June 24, 1963 in Bloomington. He passed away on December 4, 2008.

She is survived by a son, Greg (Darlene) Morris of El Paso, IL; a daughter, Jenny (Brent) Henkel of El Paso, IL; and two grandchildren Abe and Kate Henkel of El Paso, IL.

She is also survived by two brothers, Henry "Junior" (Karen) Geske of Heyworth and Bob (Mary) Geske of Bloomington and two sisters, Bonnie Jean (Eddie) Merida of Wapella and Carolyn (Clarence) Buck of El Paso. She is also survived by one brother - in-law, Paul Deatrick of Wapella as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband of 45 years, one brother Billy, and two sisters Rosemary Starnes and Betty Jo Deatrick.

She worked 30 years for the El Paso Telephone Company, retiring in 2007.

She was a lifelong farm girl, showing Brown Swiss Dairy Cows and later the family switched to showing Purebred Registered Toggenburg Dairy Goats. She could be found at county fairs all over the state and was known by many.

She decorated cakes for 30 years and was a gifted cook and baker, winning several awards and "Best in Show" with her pies. She passed the love of baking on to her children and grandchildren.

She had a love of art and was a talented artist who enjoyed painting and graphic designs.

She was always up for a road trip and loved seeing the country with her family.

In her retirement years she loved watching her miniature donkeys and spoiling her grandchildren as much as possible.

Linda asked that you DO NOT wear black to her funeral because it's depressing. As she put it, "it's not going to be a funeral but a celebration of life." In her own words" LETS HAVE A PARTY."

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Corry Ijams will officiate. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10-12 noon before the service. Cremation will be accorded after the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Woodford County 4-H. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Heritage Health in El Paso for going above and beyond in caring for our Mom and Grandma during her final days with us. They exceeded our expectations.


SEP 20. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738

Funeral Service

SEP 20. 12:00 PM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738

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