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BJ (Blanche) Morris

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BJ (Blanche) Morris, longtime resident of the Snoqualmie Valley, passed away November 19th, 2018 at the age of 93.
 
BJ was born Blanche Louise Jackson on February 20, 1925 in Ossining, N.Y.  She spent her childhood in Connecticut and New York, where she attended Juilliard School of Music. As a young adult she attended the University of Chicago, and became involved in the cooperative movement. She met Alton Oliver and continued westward with him by bicycle, settling in Seattle where they had two sons.  BJ lived briefly in Haines, Alaska where she fought off a bout of polio. She worked as a bookkeeper, seamstress and music teacher and became a member of the Eastside Friends Meeting.
 
In the mid-1950's she married David Dunham and moved to Duvall, WA where she had four sons. Known then as Jackie Dunham she became a fixture of the Snoqualmie Valley. An avid reader, and a prolific writer with published articles and poetry, BJ also attended Bellevue Community College studying horticulture and diving into the organic gardening movement. 
 
She later married Chase Morris who was Valley-born and lived in Carnation. Her experience with knitting, quilting, spinning wool and animal husbandry all helped in what became known as 'The Homeplace'. She kept the books for Chase's excavation business and Chase helped her start her own nursery business. An active church member, BJ was music director at the Tolt Congregational Church for many years, as well as choir director there and briefly at St Anthony's Catholic Church.  She also enjoyed photography, gardening and woodworking which included creating several fixtures in their home. When they found time for leisure, BJ and Chase sought the outdoors; canoeing, snowshoeing, camping and 'beebling' to parts all over the Northwest. They were founders of the 'Lunch Bunch' at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation where they were still volunteering into their 80's.
 
BJ is survived by her brother Oliver Clark ‘Joe’ Jackson, 96, and his daughters as well as the Oliver, Dunham and Morris  children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her many, many friends throughout the Snoqualmie Valley. BJ was preceded in death by her husband Chase Morris.
 
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 at 11am at the Tolt Congregational Church in Carnation.
 
The family would like to thank caregivers Elisabeta Elekes and her sister Lydia at Tiburon Estates Adult Family Home for their constant caring and expert support for BJ the last years of her life, and longtime friend and caregiver Sue Eastman for her joyful, enthusiastic love.

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