Jennielou “Lou” Leonard Morton was born in St. Louis, Missouri on May 27, 1928 to Gilbert A. and Myrna M. (Plank) Leonard and passed away January 1, 2021 at the age of 92 years, 7 months and 5 days.
While she was young, the family moved to Dent County, Missouri to be near the Leonard and Plank families. They moved back to St. Louis, Missouri for her father’s work, where Lou attended grade school and graduated from Maplewood High School.
Lou met her husband, E.W. “Tex” Morton on a blind date with friends. He was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He served flying missions over the Balkan countries and France. After completing 51 missions he returned to the states and Lou kept her promise to marry him (She was only 16).
Returning to St. Louis, Missouri, Lou finished her high school studies and worked while Tex completed his service in the Air Force. Lou worked various jobs, usually in a bookkeeping capacity. She was an expert seamstress.
The family moved to Vernon, Texas. Tex’s construction skills took the family to Sherman, Wichita Falls, Irving and Amarillo, Texas. Every house they ever lived in was either designed, built, remodeled or upgraded by both Tex and Lou. They moved back to St. James, Missouri in 1967.
Lou retired from her work with Contel Telephone in 1988, and they began traveling. They visited all 50 states, Mexico and Canada.
They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2014.
Lou enjoyed photography and always had her camera handy.
Lou and Tex were members of the St. James Christian Church, and later at Ozark Highlands Christian Church in Rolla, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tex Morton; her parents, G.A. and Myrna Leonard; mother and father-in-law, E.F. and Mary Morton; sister, Ellamae Risner Bucher; sister-in-law, Mary C. Yarbrough; and brothers-in-law, Jim Risner, Al Bucher, Tommy King and Jimmy Yarbrough.
She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Flowers and husband Terry of Houston, Missouri and Bobbie Davis and husband Bob of St. James, Missouri; grandchildren, Brian (JoAnn) Flowers, Brandt Flowers, Jenni (Scott) Dollar, Erin (Jeremy) McCurdy and Matt (Melanie) Davis; great grandchildren, Audra and Alex Dollar, Liesl Flowers, Macy and Blair McCurdy and Theo and Olive Davis; aunt, Rachel Leonard; other relatives and friends.
Because of COVID-19 a private graveside service was held.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.