A MUCH-LOVED Leeton woman is being remembered for her kindness, her willingness to give back to the community and the many stories that shaped her life.
Joyce Marie Lucy Morris passed away on March 28, but the memories she shared with her family and friends will continue to live on.
Mrs Morris was born on the September 29, 1931 at Camden Hospital.
She first lived at Warragamba Dam, but had to move when the dam was built.
Mrs Morris moved to Mangrove Mountain near Somersby on the Central Coast where she learned to grow vegetables from her father, who was a market gardener.
Later on, Mrs Morris met her husband-to-be - Mort, while waiting to catch the school bus.
He would ride past on his Indian motorcycle almost daily.
When Mr Morris worked up the courage to ask to court her, he was confronted with a shot gun held by Mrs Morris' brother Cliff.
Mr Morris saw through the bluff and they were later married in Gosford.
Their first son, Peter, was born in April 1954 in Gosford.
When Peter was one-year-old, his parents bought Farm 730 in Wamoon.
Mrs Morris helped her husband picking and packing fruit for the market.
She had a large vegetable patch and was proud of her beautiful roses and assorted flowers she grew for the flower roster for the St Peter's Anglican Church in Leeton.
Mrs Morris would get up early in asparagus season to beat the neighbours to the wild grown bounty on the fence line.
Mr and Mrs Morris had two more sons, Neil and Warrick, so they decided to buy Farm 738 to ensure they had plenty of work for the family when they were old enough to manage farm duties.
Mrs Morris also completed a course at Riverina Collage in Griffith and obtained her Diploma in Primary School Teaching.
She worked one year as a relief teacher at Leeton Primary School, but Mr Morris decided she was needed on the farm.
Mrs Morris was also involved with many church groups.
She helped start a handy craft group in 1968 teaching women craft, with a nice fresh lunch and a chat all included.
The ladies are still meeting weekly on Thursdays at the St Peter's hall.
Mrs Morris was a member of the parish council, a Synod representative, treasurer of the building committee, member of the Anglican Women's fellowship and she ran the indoor luncheon at church fete.
Mrs Morris also started the craft shop on Kurrajong Avenue selling products, but never made a profit.
She is missed by all her family and friends, but their memories remain of a kind-hearted woman who was always willing to help in whatever way possible.